Quick recap: the flux capacitor in Back to the Future is what makes time travel possible. It takes a shit ton of power to make it work. 1.21 gigawatts, to be precise.
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25 billion LEDs!
Assuming 60 milliwatts of power for each LED, all those tiny bright dots would require around 1.5 gigawatts of power.
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The four screens that make up the massive TV scoreboard at Cowboys Stadium require a whopping 1430 kilowatts of power. That means that 900 of them would use around 1.3 gigawatts of power — just a nose more than a single flux capacitor.
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20,000 live Radiohead shows!
According to the calculations of this Stanford student, the power requirements for the amps and lighting of a live Radiohead show are 94,977 watts. 20,000 of those shows would require about 1.9 gigawatts of power, more than a flux capacitor.
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One flux capacitor!
In 2011, Google released their data center's power usage for the previous year — 260 million watts. While that is enough to power 200,000 homes consistently, it is still not enough to power a flux capacitor. You could power over with 4 times the server space with 1.21 gigawatts.
One flux capacitor!
NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, the furthest man-made object from Earth, is currently operating on 255 watts. 3 million of these would total ~only~ 0.8 gigawatts, not nearly enough to power a flux capacitor.
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The maximum output of the Hoover Dam is about 2.1 gigawatts. A flux capacitor is no problem!
The Hardest "Back To The Future" Flux Capacitor Quiz Ever
Not unlike a younger Dr. Emmet Brown, you are incredulous that anyone would be so foolish to build something with such ridiculous power requirements. As such, you refuse to take this quiz seriously.
You know a little something about the flux capacitor. You also know a little something about power. More power to you!
The only person who could know as much as you about the power requirements of the flux capacitor is its inventor, the Doc himself. Logic would dictate, then, that you are Dr. Brown. It's an honor to meet you, sir!
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