Many people may think it's amazing that a simple piece of produce can conduct electricity. As it turns out, that's not the whole story. There are many types of electrical conductors. These include traditional electrical conductors, such as the copper and silver wires that are used to run electrical currents in homes and buildings, and ionic conductors, which can power electricity via free moving ions. Electrolytes — chemical compounds that create ions when they are dissolved in water — in these materials do all of the work.