What Are Different Kinds of Electricity?

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Current electricity and static electricity are the two basic types of electricity. The difference between these two types of electricity lies in how the electrons release energy.

Static electricity transpires when electrons jump from positively charged atoms to negatively charged atoms that are separated by an insulator. Lightning is an example of static electricity. Conversely, current electricity occurs when there is a constant, uninterrupted flow of electrons. There are two types of current electricity; direct current and alternating current. Alternating current electricity occurs when electrons are flowing in two directions, while direct current electricity occurs when electrons flow in only one direction. Alternating current is the type of electricity that is provided in homes, while batteries are an example of something that provides direct current.