Orders of Magnitude (charge)
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Orders of Magnitude Charge

This page is a progressive and labeled list of the SI charge orders of magnitude, with certain examples appended to some list objects.

List of orders of magnitude for electric charge
SI prefix[1] Value Item
10-21 zepto- (zC)
10-20 (-1/3 e) - Charge of down, strange and bottom quarks[2]
10-19 (2/3 e)--Charge of up, charm and top quarks[2]
The elementary charge e, i.e. the negative charge on a single electron or the positive charge on a single proton[3]
10-18 atto- (aC) ~ Planck charge[4][5]
10-17 (92 e) - Positive charge on a uranium nucleus (derived: 92 x )
10-16 Charge on a dust particle in a plasma[6]
10-15 femto- (fC) Charge on a typical dust particle[]
10-12 pico- (pC) Charge in typical microwave frequency capacitors[]
10-9 nano- (nC) Charge in typical radio frequency capacitors[]
10-6 micro- (µC) Charge in typical audio frequency capacitors[]
~ Static electricity from rubbing materials together[7]
10-3 milli- (mC) Charge in typical power supply capacitors[]
Charge in CH85-2100-105 high voltage capacitor for microwaves[8]
100 C Two like charges, each of , placed one meter apart, would experience a repulsive force of approximately [9]
Supercapacitor for real-time clock (RTC) [10] (1F x 3.6V)
101 deca- (daC) Charge in a typical thundercloud [11]
103 kilo- (kC) Typical alkaline AA battery is about 5000 C ? 1.4 A?h[12]
104 ~ Charge on one mole of electrons (Faraday constant)[13]
105 Automotive battery charge. 50Ah =
106 mega- (MC) Charge needed to produce 1 kg of aluminium from bauxite in an electrolytic cell[14]
108 Charge in world's largest battery bank (36 MWh), assuming 220 VAC output[15]


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  4. ^ Finn, J. M. (2005). Classical mechanics. Jones and Bartlett. p. 552. ISBN 9780763779603.
  5. ^ Planck Units
  6. ^ Ashbourn, J. M. A. (2006). "Determination of dust particle charge using the deflection method in a plasma". Journal of Applied Physics. 100 (11): 113305-2. Bibcode:2006JAP...100k3305A. doi:10.1063/1.2397286. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Martin Karl W. Pohl. "Physics: Principles with Applications" (PDF). DESY. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-29. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "CH85-2100-105 Datasheet" (PDF). Motor Capacitors. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Purcell, Edward M.; David J. Morin (2013). Electricity and Magnetism (3rd ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 8. ISBN 9781107014022.
  10. ^ "Goldcap". Panasonic.
  11. ^ Hasbrouck, Richard. Mitigating Lightning Hazards, Science & Technology Review May 1996. Retrieved on 2009-04-26.
  12. ^ How to do everything with digital photography - David Huss, p. 23, at Google Books, "The capacity range of an AA battery is typically from 1100-2200 mAh."
  13. ^ "2018 CODATA Value: Faraday constant". The NIST Reference on Constants, Units, and Uncertainty. NIST. 20 May 2019. Retrieved .
  14. ^ LaBrake; Vanden Bout (2013). "MINI LECTURE ELECTROLYTIC CELLS" (PDF). Department of Chemistry, University of Texas. p. 3. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-01/china-builds-worlds-largest-battery-36-megawatt-hour-behemoth - China Builds the World's Largest Battery - 01.04.2012

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