What Are Examples of Current Electricity?
Examples of current electricity are starting a car, turning on a light, cooking on an electric stove, watching TV, shaving with an electric razor, playing video games, using a phone, charging a cell phone and more. Current electricity is the flow of electrons as part of an electric charge contained in a circuit.
Current electricity and static electricity are both electricity because they contain the movement of electrons. Current electricity, also called normal electricity, is what is used on a daily basis to run machines and electronics. It is characterized by low voltage and high current.
Lightning consists of static electricity. This type of electricity is also what produces the shock caused by walking across a rug and then touching a metal object. Static electricity is characterized by high voltage and low current. The name "static" comes from the buildup of charge between two surfaces, which is quickly discharged when the charge becomes too great. It seems that "static electricity" is a bit of a misnomer, since this aspect of electricity moves so quickly when discharged. A static charge is also what makes dry hair stand on end and makes a balloon stick to a sweater where it is rubbed.