Switches are Clicky; Here's Why

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  • Published: 12 August 2019
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    Click clack I was taken aback. Wonderin’ ‘bout those switches of light, yeah.
    Let’s find out what the point is of all that clacking, shall we?

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Comments • 4 375

  • Dániel Bedrossian
    Dániel Bedrossian  59 minutes back

    Ahh I spotted a nice soldering iron on your shelf-background, it's a Weller!

    • Daniel Stephenson
      Daniel Stephenson  4 hours back

      2:04 The conjoined twins were traumatised by their visit to Robot Disney World...

      • Jonkree
        Jonkree  4 hours back

        1:55 I accidentally shocked myself enough that I felt that...

        • Kickassman 4
          Kickassman 4  8 hours back

          There is some level of Childish tendencies. "(Warning)" Please don't do this. I had my Auto play on and I decided to listen to this guy out.

          This guy is way to excited to Plug and Unplug. as you see in this Diagram (http://prntscr.com/q7foi1)

          • Whiffling Tit
            Whiffling Tit  11 hours back

            I love my clicky blue cherry switch keyboard, but I'm switching to a quieter brown cherry soon in favor of having a quieter keyboard that still has that satisfying tactile clicky feeling.

            • SapphireFlame
              SapphireFlame  12 hours back

              So that's why lightswitches buzz when held at midpoint.

              • D Zuke
                D Zuke  14 hours back

                Ooooooooh, electric sparks...

                • Dodge Williams
                  Dodge Williams  15 hours back

                  came for clicking noises, stayed for accidental lessons in arc welding

                  • Jake Smith
                    Jake Smith  18 hours back

                    UK Viewer here, how come the US plug sockets don't have switches on them?

                    • Der ohne Namen
                      Der ohne Namen  19 hours back

                      Those sparks doesnt appear in european outlets

                      • Falcrist
                        Falcrist  20 hours back

                        4:33 *_"Nothing is a perfect insulator"_*
                        Actually, if you want to get REALLY technical, "Nothing" (as in, empty space) isn't a perfect insulator either.

                        • Yoonseong Do
                          Yoonseong Do  1 days back

                          I do silent switching intentionally sometimes to not wake people up in the room

                          • DB-47
                            DB-47  1 days back

                            Some older trams like Czechoslovakian Tatra T3 / T3SU(CS) have line contactor, that makes noticeable clack sound when turning on and even louder when breaking higher current (60 - 540A (750 A max when overcurrent trips contactor instantly) at 600 V DC). Newer trams are fully solid state but still have line contactor as backup beacuse lowering pantograph under overcurrent would cause huge electric arc

                            • chris d
                              chris d  1 days back

                              Well its 4:40 in tge morning and i learned something new and totally usless to me lmao

                              • Mob
                                Mob  1 days back

                                9:49 when I was 6 Years old, I used to do that and somehow the damn thing short circuited and my house's main room was lit on fire

                                • Defensive Wounds
                                  Defensive Wounds  1 days back

                                  14:42 - this reminds me of when I am setting up mics for my drumkit and other equipment for my band! lol

                                  • BeagleBear Gaming
                                    BeagleBear Gaming  1 days back

                                    1 min in and i am already smile watching your video. thanks

                                    • Lil Cumstain
                                      Lil Cumstain  1 days back

                                      why the fuck did i get entertained by a dude explaining switches

                                      • steam train Ty
                                        steam train Ty  1 days back

                                        *this video clicks with me.*

                                        • Runco990
                                          Runco990  1 days back

                                          Hah! I still have an ancient light switch that's totally silent! It has a sealed mercury tilt switch inside. Ooooo..... DEADLY!!! Not. But I can see why they stopped making these.
                                          Bet it was expensive in it's day.

                                          • Joanne Spanner
                                            Joanne Spanner  1 days back

                                            A switch is a person who likes... no.

                                            • IrrelevantScrm
                                              IrrelevantScrm  1 days back

                                              if you poke a light switch instead of smacking the wall as hard as you can you're living life wrong

                                              • Sam N.
                                                Sam N.  1 days back

                                                brains are funny things... i was rewatching this and during the "ooh a spark" portion I faintly smelled ozone each time... like happened with my old ionizer that gave off visible sparks if touched
                                                so my brain went "that bright thing makes this smell, so let's pretend we smell that"
                                                It stopped when you stopped playing with the plug.

                                                • Andrew Thompson
                                                  Andrew Thompson  1 days back

                                                  "Why be so clicky-clacky all the time?"

                                                  • Canzandridas Joe
                                                    Canzandridas Joe  2 days back

                                                    God damnit when I was a kid I "always" tried to use switches applying force as slow as possible... If only I had known...

                                                    • Hi_Its_Matt
                                                      Hi_Its_Matt  2 days back

                                                      So to make sure that your switches continue to function normally, you need to use them normally.

                                                      • David Beamer
                                                        David Beamer  2 days back

                                                        There are clicks, and there are *CLICKS* . I find it annoying when the click is too loud. Call me sensitive. I've been called worse. :-)

                                                        • British Dylan
                                                          British Dylan  2 days back

                                                          I’m now terrified of America’s outlets, I’ll stay in the uk thanks

                                                          • Henrik Hansen
                                                            Henrik Hansen  2 days back

                                                            Also when you break of an inductive load the voltage across will rise momentarily and the arch jump more easily.
                                                            The voltage across an inductor follows this equation v=L * di/dt which shows that the current through cant change instantaneously and therefore will compensate with higher voltage because of the large di/dt

                                                            • Ivan P
                                                              Ivan P  2 days back

                                                              wait... dont they switch polarity every 60hz?
                                                              "oscillations of alternating current (AC) in an electric power grid transmitted from a power .... As the 20th century continued, more power was produced at 60 Hz (North America)"... not 100-120. you were talking about 100-120volts...

                                                              • Ivan P
                                                                Ivan P  23 hours back

                                                                Julio Romeresto thanks for explaining.

                                                              • Julio Romeresto
                                                                Julio Romeresto  1 days back

                                                                On a 60Hz sine wave in one cycle it hits 0 twice before starting another cycle so his reversing 120 times per second is right

                                                            • OH Yeah Yeah
                                                              OH Yeah Yeah  2 days back

                                                              I never wondered why they did that but now I just wanna know why.

                                                              • Max Ramos
                                                                Max Ramos  2 days back

                                                                Clicks are mostly relaxing to me

                                                                • Chris Lore
                                                                  Chris Lore  2 days back

                                                                  So, I have some really crappy worn out rocker-style switches in my walls, are these a fire hazard if they aren't very clicky anymore!?

                                                                  • Bill A
                                                                    Bill A  2 days back

                                                                    Love the old skool Ektachrome T-shirt in this digital world. ;)
                                                                    They should make all switches wireless, that way they wouldn't have to run thick mains wires to every device from the switch. Hmmm...

                                                                    • 200odd300
                                                                      200odd300  2 days back

                                                                      11:55 oops I've slowly moved the switch like that and I can hear cracking sounds coming from inside the switch

                                                                      • Rob Ludlow
                                                                        Rob Ludlow  2 days back

                                                                        Wow, this was brilliant! Answered so many questions I had... and ones I didn't even know I had yet!

                                                                        • guntur pasopati pamungkas

                                                                          Tq, now i understand why my steaker got burn :|
                                                                          The arch is serious problem :|

                                                                          • Robert Zin
                                                                            Robert Zin  2 days back

                                                                            To bad you can't get truly silant Mercury switches anymore

                                                                            • Ks Ss
                                                                              Ks Ss  2 days back

                                                                              Awesome. Incidentally, debouncing is a PIA.

                                                                              • zalex820
                                                                                zalex820  2 days back

                                                                                5:24 Wrong information... It's not "120 times a second" in the US we operate @ 60 Hz and that's 120 volts @ 60 Hz = 60 times a second. As the sine wave passes 0 60 times.

                                                                                • Peter B
                                                                                  Peter B  2 days back

                                                                                  I have a clicky house with a clicky switch
                                                                                  Clicky is the sound of all that I hear
                                                                                  Clicky are the streets and all the trees are too
                                                                                  I have a girlfriend and she is so clicky
                                                                                  Clicky are the people here that walk around
                                                                                  Clicky like my Corvette, it's in and outside
                                                                                  Clicky are the words I say and what I think
                                                                                  Clicky are the feelings that live inside me

                                                                                  • Sean -Chesthole- Osman

                                                                                    Speaking of power lines, do you know what the orange balls sometimes hanging off of power lines do? Are they put there so that the lines don't constructively interfere with themselves and shake themselves loose?

                                                                                    • Sean -Chesthole- Osman
                                                                                      Sean -Chesthole- Osman  3 days back

                                                                                      If only there was an easily searchable network of computers that contain the world's information. Oh wait. Google says they were put there so that airplanes don't run in to them. Insiders call them marker balls. Lame.

                                                                                  • Cabbage_Man123
                                                                                    Cabbage_Man123  3 days back

                                                                                    My laptop start button dosent flick,will it fry itself?

                                                                                    • Barbaravus
                                                                                      Barbaravus  3 days back

                                                                                      You look like Robbie Rotten if he didn't dress like he was in a cartoon.

                                                                                      • A Person
                                                                                        A Person  3 days back

                                                                                        half a megasub nice

                                                                                        • Herping Science and more

                                                                                          5:25 in the US it crosses the zero. 60 times every Second the voltage is 120

                                                                                          • blue night
                                                                                            blue night  3 days back

                                                                                            12:05 ty I think that's what's wrong with our basement light switch

                                                                                            • User M
                                                                                              User M  3 days back

                                                                                              You should do an episode on the Mac keyboard that doesn’t move, but uses the Tactile Engine to trick people into thinking it’s clicking!