Thanks to our regular contributor TXT29 we have an update on the testing of the ADGEX Flashlight. This can really be put in the Scam barsket.
Known Results of ELFE Owners’ Testing Link: https://www.metabunk.org/claim-harvesting-energy-from-schumann-resonances-and-earths-em-field-adgex.t7285/#post-176739
Successful Tests (0% – 0 of 6 completed):
– None known.
The only positive report I am aware of, comes from a second-hand claim by Alan Whicker (an ELFE supporter in the ELFE Owners Group on Facebook) telling “I know of 2 people, who are not here, who are very happy with the torches. They are simply just using them, not doing tests of any kind”. When asked about the happy users, links to videos of Ray “Greenmeresearch” were posted. Ray is another member of the FB group, who came to the conclusion that the ELFE flashlight does not work as specified, after 3 weeks of testing (see below).
Unsuccessful Tests (100% – 6 of 6 completed):
– DEDcolorado (YouTube) – the authenticity of his YT videos were confirmed by Mr. Muzanov, ELFE salesman at ADGEX, as well as by Mr. Ivchenko, an ADGEX director. DEDcolorado disassembled the flashlight (demonstrating it does not contain anything else than an LED, 3 AA batteries, and a button switch), and measured the current before the test (~1A corresponding to ~3W LED), and then after 10 hours of lighting and 3 weeks of rest (the flashlight is claimed to fully recharge itself within 7-14 days), he measured quickly decreasing current of ~2-3% of the nominal power (20-35mA instead of the 1A)
– Skywatcher (Overunity.com) – former ELFE supporter, used very systematical testing, showing good experience in using luxmeter. His results excluded any recharging both at shorter burns and 24 hours of rest, as well as at discharged batteries (to ~1%) and a week-long rest time. See posts #20, #21, #23 and #24)
– TheCell (Overunity.com) – former ELFE supporter. His ELFE flashlight, after 14 days of rest, came back as discharged as left after the initial tests. He did not measure the light in any way, but even just observing the light, the depletion of the batteries was so evident that no doubts were left.
– Arman Gevorkyan (FB ELFE group) – he measured the light emitted by the ELFE flashlight with a lightmeter application on a smartphone. He measured persistent significant discharging while doing shorter daily test burns, with no signs of recharging during multiple days (see post #22 with his initial values. Following tests with equally negative results are documented on Facebook, in the FB ELFE group)
– Ray Greenmeresearch (FB ELFE group) – former ELFE supporter. He came to the conclusion that the flashlight does not work as specified, after having done several tests, including a 14 days long rest for allowing the “recharge”, just to find the flashlight did not recharge. (see posts #6 and #15 for more details).
– Egon Baran (FB ELFE group) – he discharged an ELFE and an ordinary flashlight with a long run, till they dimmed dark, and compared their lights after long rest (42 hours rest at ELFE and 24 hours at the ordinary light) to find out that during 11 hours long run the ordinary flashlight recovered to higher brightness than ELFE. (the test continues, though)
Tests in Progress:
– Egon Baran (FB ELFE group) – he continues in the test, despite the worse Battery Recovery Phenomena at ELFE than at an ordinary flashlight.
– Esa Juhani Ruoho (FB ELFE group) – owner of two ELFE flashlights. He tested one of them by a simple observation. He has let the light on during 5 days; after half a day it dimmed and continued to light at low power. During three subsequent days he briefly checked the brightness after letting the flashlight resting for a day. The observed intensity was slightly higher, and did not increase in subsequent tests. The light will now rest for a full week before another test is performed. So far this observation did not indicate any self-recharging or power increase other than caused by the Battery Relaxation Phenomena.
Update 2: These little gems came form the ELFE Facebook users site
Quick and dirty test results so far: cheap China flashlight triple A batteries ( batteries about a year old, flashlight used once in a while), burn time about 8 hours (I forgot about it, it was completely off when I came back). Took the battery pack out (I wanted to make sure that it’s off, it has a 3way switch). Recovering time 12 hours. Flashlight came back to good brightness, still holding. I expect 4-6 hours, I will tell you guys later.
The “recharging” of the ELFE Flashlight may be easily explained with commonly known behavior of chemical batteries. Namely, the reason is called the “battery relaxation phenomena”.
Due to electro-chemical and thermal processes in the electrolyte and in the electrodes, the voltage starts decreasing faster than the charge (energy). LEDs are sensitive to the input voltage, hence a small decrease of the voltage results in a great reduction of luminosity, and for the user it looks like the battery is depleted, although it may be still very far from that state. When the load is removed, diffusion and reverse chemical processes lead to the increase of the voltage during the rest (2 hours are usually sufficient for Li-ion batteries). And since the previous deep drop of the voltage prevented the LED draining the charge of the battery, with the voltage recovered, the LED will light at full force for significant period of time again, after the rest. This cycle may be repeated many times before the battery is discharged completely.
There is a scientific paper, explaining the voltage recovery during the relaxation period in greater details. If you do not want to read the entire paper, have a look at the Fig.2, and read the couple of paragraphs above it
Skywatcher, another fresh owner of the ELFE flashlight, started to test it today. He measures the illumination with a luxmeter, and just published his first results:
18:30:00 26000 lux
18:40:00 28800 lux
18:50:00 28700 lux
19:00:00 29000 lux
19:10:00 28900 lux
19:20:00 28800 lux
19:30:00 28700 lux
19:40:00 28600 lux
19:50:00 28200 lux
20:00:00 27500 lux
20:10:00 26200 lux
20:20:00 24200 lux
20:30:00 20000 lux
20:40:00 11400 lux
He turned it off after 2 hours and 10 min, because the luminosity started to drop sharply.
From our own Comments section (thanks Matt)
Although the translation did not work that well on YouTube, from what I can gather from the diagrams, it is claiming to harvest RF, EMF and the earths magnetic field. If any of our readers can translate Russian it would be appreciated.
Given the number of other aluminium cased flashlights on the market, it would be interesting to see how using the same batteries they would perform in comparison. All past research I have seen on harvesting RF and EMF has not produced anywhere near the amount of power needed to power a light like this. However I am happy to be corrected
ELFE is a unique product. You will be never in need of changing batteries in your flashlight and the batteries will never run down! ELFE has no any batteries at all! It generates required energy from the environment.”
The ELFE Flashlight is claimed to be powered by Schumann Resonance – here’s how the company describe the potential for harvesting the energy energy and what they call their ‘accumulator’ which is supposedly the important component collecting.
‘accumulating’ the energy.“It is widely known that we live in a world saturated by electro-magnetic emissions. Most, however, don’t grasp the pure volume of power that our planet and its sun provide. The Earth’s magnetic field for example, emits power estimated at around 2,6992139х1024 watts. When compared to the meagre 5×1012 watts generated by all the power stations on Earth, the magnitude of the Earths power becomes apparent.
To understand this energy, we must follow the flow of the electron neutrino which pierces the Earth’s atmosphere in all directions. The initial source of atmospheric electricity originates from local currents and is counter acted by dynamic charges within clouds. The resulting lightning strikes pump energy into the earth-atmosphere cavity, and cause it to vibrate or resinate at extremely low frequencies; an effect called the Schumann resonance. These ultra-low frequency electro-magnetic oscillations come laden with reactive energy and travel around the Earth at the speed of light. The oscillations don’t fade, have fixed frequencies, and can provide an endless supply of energy to anyone who knows how to convert it.
The Adgex Accumulator has been designed by ADGEX ENERGY to convert the Earths energy. This technology has been successfully piloted in ELFE, the world’s first ‘Free-Energy’ flashlight, and it has shone light on a world of ‘Free-Energy’ possibilities. The team at ADGEX ENERGY look forward to creating more innovative products across a diverse range of applications, as we add fuel to the clean energy revolution.”
I never derive any pleasure out of busting free energy claims, I do it for my own education and hopefully putting a halt to some scam artists. We have covered this product before and suggested that it was a possible scam or at least some serious questions should be asked.. Based on the following you can make up your own mind.
- The video’s of a customer disassembling the flashlight and testing
- Debunking the science claims
- The Company
Debunking the Science
The following was posted by at Metabunk .com by a contributor known as txt29
- Earth’s Magnetic Field – I admit, that although I knew that energy cannot be harvested from a static electromagnetic field without any motion relative to it, I was not sure how much and how quickly the Earth’s magnetic field fluctuates to see how much energy could be potentially available. I knew it is negligible, but have looked it up more precisely – Wikipedia tells it ranges from 25 to 65 microteslas, and typical local variations in the magnetic field at the surface are of the order of 1 nanotesla per second. I even found pages addressing this exact problem. The best one so far is probably the article atScienceBlogs that concludes: “We’re interested in the time rate of change of this flux, and let’s say we have a circle with a diameter of 1 meter. The rate of change of the flux is thus (1 nanotesla/second)*(3.14 meters^2). Which is 3.14×10^-9 volts. Three one-billionths of a volt per square meter of flux-collecting surface. If you tried very hard you might be able to finagle some useful energy out of such a small potential, perhaps with very long superconducting solenoids.“In other words – you cannot generate any non-negligible energy by harvesting the Earth’s magnetic field with a device of the size of a small pocket torch.
- Schumann resonances – again, I did not know much about these, so had to have a look at theWikipedia again – “[they] are a set of spectrum peaks in the extremely low frequency (ELF) portion of the Earth’s electromagnetic field spectrum. Schumann resonances are global electromagnetic resonances, generated and excited by lightning discharges in the cavity formed by the Earth’s surface and the ionosphere.“Basically, we learn that the strength of both the EM and magnetic field of the Schumann resonances is far too weak:“The Schumann resonance electric field amplitude (~300 microvolts per meter) is much smaller than the static fair-weather electric field … Similarly, the amplitude of the Schumann resonance magnetic field (~1 picotesla) is many orders of magnitude smaller than the Earth’s magnetic field (~30–50 microteslas).” , Although the field oscillates faster than the fluctuations of the Earth magnetic field, again no non-negligible energy could be harvested with a device of the size of a pocket flashlight.
- Neutrinos – for some reason, in context with Schumann resonances, ADGEX speaks about electron neutrinos. I did not find any link between Schumann resonances and electron neutrinos, so I guess ADGEX used “neutrino” just as a magic word, because common folk knows little about neutrinos, hence weird and unexpected effects can be attributed to them. Regardless, neutrinos interact with matter only extremely weakly:“Neutrinos traveling through matter, in general, undergo a process analogous to light traveling through a transparent material.” [Wikipedia]Again, no energy at all can be exploited from neutrinos by a device of this size.
- Shielding – the flashlight has a full metal body. Although it would not shield much against the magnetic field, it would almost perfectly shield any EM field (including Schumann resonances)
- Empirical evidence – besides the plentiful videos promoting ADGEX on YouTube, I manage to find a video of a Russian who managed to buy one of the ELFE flashlights and disassembled it. He had to file down the cap, because the flashlight was not made to be opened. However, he managed to do it without damaging it. If you do not understand any Russian, turn on the machine generated English subtitles in the video settings:
Looking into the past activities of a company and more importantly the people involved are always a fair indicator of the authenticity of the claims being made. The following is a a collection of websites that have more than a few negative things to say. At this point I have no further interest in pursuing any inquiries further and will let the readers make up their own minds.
The websites of ADGEX
The following is from a Russian investor adviser who suggested ADGEX was not a good risk for investment
Another Russian website describes alleged scams for another project perpetrated by Viktor Uzlov
These sites may or may not be reliable and I am happy to be corrected or have other information brought forward they may shed a different Light.
Other people are receiving their lights so I am sure there will be many other reports confirming or denying the reality of this technology. I am always happy to be proven incorrect.Based on the above information I am not convinced at all