The question of how much surplus of electric charge (“surcharge”) fits on an object is generally very difficult to answer. Here, it is shown that it is easy to answer when the object is a failed white dwarf star (a brown dwarf in its ground state) made of protons and electrons: Given the number of protons, how many electrons can there be? Surprisingly, the answer (in the form: as few as A and as many as B) is independent of the speed of light c and the Planck quantum h, even when the star is stabilized against collapse by relativistic quantum mechanics.

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