# Static electricity high voltage and charge difference

I have often heard heard voltage being described as a difference in charge between two points. If this is true, how is static electricity such high voltage even though it is a relatively small difference in charge?

• the narrower a container is, the higher the fluid level for the same amount of water Jan 26, 2020 at 21:05
• The difference in charge between two points is related to the $\mathscr{E}$-field, which is measured in units of volts/meter, not volts. This is also known as Newtons/Coulomb. So what someone else said, or you read about, wasn't correctly picked up by your interpretation, I suspect, regardless of how often you heard/read it.
– jonk
Jan 27, 2020 at 2:07