Orders of magnitude (charge)

This article 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 −5.34×10−20 C (−1/3 e) – Charge of down, strange and bottom quarks[2]
10−19 1.068×10−19 C (2/3 e)—Charge of up, charm and top quarks[2]
1.602×10−19 C 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) ~1.8755×10−18 C Planck charge[4][5][circular reference]
10−17 1.473×10−17 C (92 e) – Positive charge on a uranium nucleus (derived: 92 x 1.602×10−19 C)
10−16 1.344×10−16 C Charge on a dust particle in a plasma[6]
10−15 femto- (fC) 1×10−15 C Charge on a typical dust particle[citation needed]
10−12 pico- (pC) 1×10−12 C Charge in typical microwave frequency capacitors[citation needed]
10−9 nano- (nC) 1×10−9 C Charge in typical radio frequency capacitors[citation needed]
10−6 micro- (μC) 1×10−6 C Charge in typical audio frequency capacitors[citation needed]
~ 1×10−6 C Static electricity from rubbing materials together[7]
10−3 milli- (mC) 1×10−3 C Charge in typical power supply capacitors[citation needed]
2.1×10−3 C Charge in CH85-2100-105 high voltage capacitor for microwaves[8]
100 C 1×100 C Two like charges, each of 1 C, placed one meter apart, would experience a repulsive force of approximately 9×109 N[9]
3.16×100 C Supercapacitor for real-time clock (RTC) [10] (1F x 3.6V)
101 deca- (daC) 2.6×101 C Charge in a typical thundercloud (15–350 C)[11]
103 kilo- (kC) 5×103 C Typical alkaline AA battery is about 5000 C ≈ 1.4 A⋅h[12]
104 ~9.65×104 C Charge on one mole of electrons (Faraday constant)[13]
105 1.8×105 C Automotive battery charge. 50Ah = 1.8×105 C
106 mega- (MC) 10.72×106 C Charge needed to produce 1 kg of aluminium from bauxite in an electrolytic cell[14]
108 5.9×108 C Charge in world's largest battery bank (36 MWh), assuming 220 VAC output[15]


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  2. ^ a b Chris Quigg (2006). "Particles and the Standard Model". In G. Fraser (ed.). The New Physics for the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge University Press. p. 91. ISBN 0-521-81600-9.
  3. ^ "The NIST Reference on Constants, Units and Uncertainty". Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  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.
  7. ^ Martin Karl W. Pohl. "Physics: Principles with Applications" (PDF). DESY. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
  8. ^ "CH85-2100-105 Datasheet" (PDF). Motor Capacitors. Retrieved 4 April 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 Archived 2013-10-05 at the Wayback Machine, 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 2019-05-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ LaBrake; Vanden Bout (2013). "MINI LECTURE ELECTROLYTIC CELLS" (PDF). Department of Chemistry, University of Texas. p. 3. Retrieved 31 March 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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