Orders of magnitude (charge)

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This page is a progressive and labeled list of the SI charge orders of magnitude, with certain examples appended to some list objects.

List of orders of magnitude for electric charge
SI prefix[1] Value Item
10−21 zepto- (zC)
10−20 −5.34×10−20 C (−1/3 e)—Charge of down, strange and bottom quarks
10−19 1.068×10−19 C (2/3 e)—Charge of up, charm and top quarks
1.602×10−19 C The elementary charge e, i.e. the negative charge on a single electron or the positive charge on a single proton
10−18 atto- (aC) 1.9×10−18 C Planck charge
10−17 1.473×10−17 C (92 e) - Positive charge on a uranium nucleus
10−15 femto- (fC) 1×10−15 C Charge on a typical dust particle
10−12 pico- (pC) 1×10−12 C Charge in typical microwave frequency capacitors
10−9 nano- (nC) 1×10−9 C Charge in typical radio frequency capacitors
10−6 micro- (µC) 1×10−6 C Charge in typical audio frequency capacitors
~1×10−6 C Static electricity from rubbing materials together[2]
10−3 milli- (mC) 1×10−3 C Charge in typical power supply capacitors
100 C 1×100 C Two negative point charges of +1 C, placed one meter apart, would experience a repulsive force of 9×109 N
101 deca- (daC) 2.6×101 C Charge in a typical thundercloud (15 - 350 C)[3]
103 kilo- (kC) 5×103 C Typical alkaline AA battery is about 5000 C ≈ 1.4 A⋅h[4]
104 9.64×104 C Charge on one mole of electrons (Faraday constant)
105 2.16×105 C Car battery charge
106 mega- (MC)
107 1.07×107 C Charge needed to produce 1 kg of aluminium from bauxite in an electrolytic cell
108 5.9×108 C Charge in world's largest battery bank (36 MWh), assuming 220VAC output[5]


  1. ^ 8th edition of the official brochure of the BIPM (SI units and prefixes).
  2. ^ Martin Karl W. Pohl. "Physics: Principles with Applications" (PDF). DESY. 
  3. ^ Hasbrouck, Richard. Mitigating Lightning Hazards, Science & Technology Review May 1996. Retrieved on 2009-04-26.
  4. ^ How to do everything with digital photography – David Huss, p. 23, at Google Books, "The capacity range of an AA battery is typically from 1100–2200 mAh."
  5. ^ http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-01/china-builds-worlds-largest-battery-36-megawatt-hour-behemoth - China Builds the World's Largest Battery - 01.04.2012