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We Liquified a Himalayan Salt Lamp

We Liquified a Himalayan Salt Lamp

In today’s video, we are taking a pile
of Himalayan salt lamps, and putting them through
some stress test to see just what they can
and cannot handle. [Music] Guys, ironically enough,
just a few hours ago today, Veritasium released
a video that debunked whether or not Himalayan
salt crystal lamps were actually good for you, and released enough negative
ions into the atmosphere to actually boost your mood. However, we still have
a bunch of salt lamps. So, we are going
to be putting these through a few tests to see just what they can
and cannot survive. Here’s the basic idea. We have three salt lamps, and we are going
to see just what sort of stress test they can handle. This is going to
involve water, heat, and maybe a few other things. So as far as these
lamps are concerned, it has been debunked that they can’t really release
that many negative ions to make a positive impact on moods
or anything like that. However, there are
types of crystals that have been proven
to basically boost your mood because of the way they
release negative ions. One of those is tourmaline. Now, that is much more expensive
than Himalayan salt, which is probably one
of the reasons why these are much more
commercially available. That said, we just sort of want
to put them to the test, and see what else they can do. All right. So for our first test, well, we wanted to throw one
in the forge but… It’s snowing really
hard outside right now. So we’re going to stick with
the indoor experiments today, and then move
forward from there. So first off, while I have heard that these lamps can absorb
moisture from the atmosphere, I want to find out
whether or not they can melt. Some people say they can’t,
some people say they can. Let’s put it to the test. So for these videos,
we don’t need the base, we’re just kind of
taking them apart, and I am very disappointed because It’s a lot easier
than I wanted it to be. But it’s good for our purpose is. [Music] Perfect. That’s a very
large chunk of salt. So for one of our first
stress test here, I have heard it said
that you cannot melt or dissolve one of these lamps. I don’t know
if that’s true, and I want to find out. So the first thing that we’re going to do is run
one of these under some water on the time-lapse. See what happens. We’re also going to put one in a pot of boiling water
on the stove, see if it dissolves. All right. So we’ve got everything set up
for our time-lapse. Sorry about the dirty dishes, but we want to see just
how long it takes to erode away one of these salt lamps. [Music] Stress test number one, can you erode a Himalayan
salt lamp with water? Yes. So we were playing with glass
on the table earlier, so I’m hoping this is just salt. Yeah, that’s salt. Okay. All right, stress
test number two. So we have seen that you can erode away one
of these salt lamps with just using tap water. So we’ve actually got a little
set up here on the stove. So this is going to be slightly
submerged in boiling water, and while I do believe that’s just going
to dissolve it, I’m curious to see
what the steam will do. I want to see if that’s actually going
to help erode and dissolve the outside of it as well. [Music] We’ve definitely
made a mess. So the salt itself seems like it’s mostly been fine
from the steam. Like I was expecting it to get
that same glassy outside that we were getting on the one
that had the water running over it and eroding it away. Instead, what we’ve
gotten is the water itself is turned almost opaque, and it splattered
salt everywhere, like the pot is just coated
in a powdery salt, and I’m very curious. I do think it’s lost some
of its volume here. So I’m going to try
and pick it up. I want to know just how much of it sunk
through the grating. That’s kind of hot to the touch. Not too– It’s not too bad, but I’m putting
on different glove. [Music] All right. Time lapse is definitely
going to show that better, because we lost about half
of its volume there. I was not expecting that. But it is not nearly
as smooth as it was when we eroded
the other one away. This is so very very rough, course, almost the same
as it is on the other side. Not nearly as effective as I
thought it was going to be, especially compared
to the eroding. Can you dissolve
a salt lamp using steam? Yes, but it would probably
take a very long time. So comparatively, running it under water
versus simply allowing the steam to do the work for you, this one’s going to survive,
that one, not so much. All right. So we’ve tried eroding one
of our salt lamps. We’ve tried dissolving one, and now, we want
to try melting one. But to do that, we’re going to need
a lot more heat. All right guys,
so we’ve made it up to the Dome. We’ve already eroded
one salt lamp. We’ve tried to dissolve another. So for our final one,
we’re going to melt it. So we got this thing. This is an extra large crucible that just so happens to hold
our salt lamp perfectly. So, let’s drop it in,
see what happens. [Music] Sure, that’s gonna work. [Music] It’s very cold here, guys. [Music] All right, so it’s been
about 10 minutes, and we’ve actually had
this on time lapse. But I’m not sure if we’re actually going
to get the ambient heat in our forge to be warm enough
to actually melt the salt. So what we’re going to do
is put the lid on now. Hopefully, leave it
for a little while, and when we come back,
it should be melted? [Music] All right, so I just
checked on this, and I think we actually managed
to do this, guys. It’s been about
an hour and a half, which is not as long as we
were expecting this to take. We have successfully melted
an entire Himalayan salt lamp. Oh wow! So I was not expecting
it to have that much of volume left over. [Music] Whoop. Yep, and it’s on fire. I lit a stick on fire
with molten salt. That’s just cool. It’s actually leaking
out over the side. There is so much more to that
than I thought there was. Well, I was going to try
and take it out and pour it into something. But with how much there is here, and with the size
of that crucible, it’s not really going to be safe
for me to try and lift that up and transport it. So we’re going to let
it sit there and cool down, see what it looks like ince
it’s actually solidified again. Or we can actually get our tongs
around it safely, transport it, and dump it out. That’s really cool. Like I know I don’t want
to touch that, but I actually really
want to touch that. [Music] So, we left this about 30 minutes to try
and let it harden. It hasn’t really cool that much. It’s still radiating
a ton of heat. And I’m not sure
if it’s solid yet. So the surface
is no longer molten. Now, I don’t trust that to be the case
all the way through it, but we’re still going
to try and get that out. [Music] That is a giant crucible
just full of salt. And the surface
isn’t pink anymore. We’re definitely gonna have
to reheat this crucible to get the salt out at a later date, but it’s going to stay
like that for now. So, can you erode
salt lamp away with water? Yes, you can. Can you dissolve it? Not as well,
but you can still do that, too. Can you melt it? Absolutely, and that was
actually a lot faster than we were expecting it to be. That’s pretty cool. Well, I am kind of sad that Veritasium proved
that you can’t actually get negative ions from heating
up a salt lamp, because I think I win
the award for most heated up salt lamp ever. Guys, that’s not all, we’ve always got more
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100 comments found

  1. I am in Parrsboro Nova Scotia the weather is very humid here and my salt lamp is always sweating and leaking onto my nightstand! I always have a huge pool of salt crystals around the lamp.

  2. I do not know if this is the same Himalayan salt as that used in salt grinders, but if so, this is a cheaper way to refill the salt grinders.

  3. In a single video calli has;
    1) gambled on whether she was putting glas or salt in her mouth
    2) worn rubber gloves near a heat source
    3) touched a crucible while not sure if the substance inside was still molten
    4) used a wooden stick to check if salt was liquefied into molten salt with heat

    Why was she left alone for this video?…

  4. I'd like to see exactly what's in one of those things. I mean I know it's got NaCl, but NaCl is not that orangy-pink color. What's in it? Trace amounts of Chromium salts? Iron?

  5. I was wondering if you could make a glowing ninja stress ball? Even if I have to leave it in the Sun for awhile? I love you shows, Thank you REDHEADEDGRAMMY

  6. I live in a humid subtropical climate, my Himalayan salt lamp melted on my desk from high humidity, with the resevoir for a candle filling up with salt water drawn from the atmosphere, similar to how calcium chloride dehumidifiers look. I moved it to a cardboard box and it continued to melt, leaving a salty puddle on every surface. Once I started using a dehumidifier the salt water below the lamp recrystallized into pretty large crystals a few mm each. I melted about 1-2 cups off (liquid) in about a year.

  7. At some point while boiling it you will have saturated the water, which I believe you did, causing it to no longer be able to dissolve. And as you remove water through evaporation it leavea behind salt which cannot remain in the water due to satiration, hence the salt everywhere

  8. I kind of knew that it was going to melt because I had one and it melted because there was so much moisture in the air😯

  9. I think melting that salt block in the crucible did change your mood because you were laughing and happy when you saw it molten you enjoyed watching it , and your words " I Know I should not touch that , but I really want to touch that . Your mood not only changed , you were mesmerized by the salt in liquid molten form ..

  10. Wait did I just spend nearly 6 seconds looking a TKoR testing whether or not water could dissolve a chunk of table salt?

  11. Just a suggestion, for experiments that use water to erode/dissolve materials, please consider recycling that water, or using rainwater, etc so your not wasting so much

  12. i found 2 of these at the thrift store for $5.99 each so i gave one to another woman and they big like yours

  13. Chemistry says that once u reached the saturation level you can't erod the stone anymore that's why running water worked best than boiling

  14. Big brain time: what if you cooked steak or boiled vegetables and used the steam to melt the salt and get it everywhere would you have a pre salted steak??
    Like if in 2019

  15. i can’t even watch this without getting a salty taste in my mouth. only made it about halfway through without having to turn this off.

  16. If it’s salt then how is it unable to dissolve in water? Salt dissolves in water lol whoever made that claim missed not just science class but apparently life in general lol

  17. I have one of those but I didn't know they could sweat or whatever. I had it on a shelf with my books and it ruined the backside of my 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' book. Now all I have to say is:

    Destroy those lamps, Calli!

  18. I know from first hand experience. In times of excessive humidity and heat my salt lamp started to melt/dissolve all over my nightstand and my dresser…. it was a smelly sweaty salty mess. Gross girr

  19. I’d like to see the salt dissolved in boiled water re crystallized into smaller crystals then placed in a salt grinder for use with dinner

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