Nope. Static and Current are two ways in which electrical charges can behave. If we said that Electrical Science is divided into two fields of research called Electrostatics and Electrodynamics, we would be correct. But please realize that the study of WATER is divided into Hydrostatics and Hydrodynamics, yet we don’t go around claiming that “current water” is one type of water, while “static water” is a different type of water. The same applies to electricity. If you insist that “Static” and “Current” are two kinds of electricity, then please explain this: if positive and negative charges are forced to separate as they flow along a wire, then that wire becomes electrostatically charged… yet the charges are NOT STATIC. The wire will cause hair to rise, and it can attract fur or lint, yet the so-called “static electricity” is moving along as an electric current. Does this make your brain ache? The solution is simple: realize that “static” electricity is actually composed of separated opposite charges, and if those separated charges should flow along, they still behave as “static electricity” whether they move or not. The separation of the charges is key, and their “static-ness” is not important. For this reason, charges can exhibit both “static electricity” and “current electricity” at the same time. This is not so terrible, since water supplies a good illustration: water can be pressurized and it can flow at the same time. Fortunately we have not given the name “static water” to water that is pressurized. Maybe we should change the name of “Static electricity” to something sensible, like “charge imbalance”, or “pressurized electricity.” It would end a lot of confusion. Charges can flow, and opposite charges can be forced to separate, but this doesn’t mean that the two KINDS of charge are “flowing electricity” and “separated electricity.” Separation and flow are two electrical behaviors, they are not two “kinds of electricity.”


About Rob W Harrison
There is a part of my mind that stubbornly thinks about science. I have a life, job, wife and family but without my Van Der Graaf Generator life would be incomplete. I am a great believer that this amazing universe came into being through process: movement >pressure > density > mass. Maybe I believe in an non viscous ether. Anyway this is where I can share my thoughts.


  1. darrell says:

    Hi Rob, here is some technology that inculcates both of those kinds of “Electricky” from Don Smith. We, the membership of Doug Kones EVGRAYzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz forum, have been blessed with a copy of a design that people have been replicating so the posts indicate.

    Anyway I will share the URL’s with you and you see what you can come up with on your own bench. God bless you in every “Good” thing you endeavor my friend.

  2. darrell says:

    Oops! I forgot to insert the URL’s… did I mention I’m an old man?… lol

    Click to access don_smith_res_elec_pwr_guide.pdf

    Click to access Zilano2.pdf

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