Step 1: Materials
1.Altoids Mints can
3.26 AWG wire
5.Solder (or Wire Glue)
6.Electrical tape/Scotch tape
7.AA battery holder
Step 2: Disassembling the Camera
Once the case is opened and the halves are seperated, locate the battery and remove it immediately.Please remember not to touch the circuit board because it may still have a residual charge even after the battery is removed.
Step 3: Removing the Circuit Board
The capacitor is the large,black cylinder with two metal posts attached to it.To discharge it,simply touch the two metal posts at the same time with a screwdriver (you may hear a loud noise and see a bright flash of sparks). It will scare you to death but get over it.
It nothing happens then the capacitor was'nt charged to begin with and in either case the circuit board can now be safely removed by gently pulling it out with your fingers.
Step 4: Modifying the Circuit Board
Next,locate the little metal button near the center of the circuit board.This is usually only held in place with a piece of tape and can easily be removed. Once the button is removed,replace it with a dab of solder.Be certain the solder touches both of the circuit pathways so they are connected permanently (in the photo I have used a dab of conductive Wire Glue in place of solder).
Also,break off that long metal arm on the circuit board as it will only get in the way later on.
Step 5: Attaching the Battery Holder
You could also solder the wires on to the battery terminals but I hate to solder and always try to get around it whenever I can.
Also,I like to put a piece or two of electrical tape over the metal terminals just to make sure they don't touch the lid of the box (this will become more apparent later on).
Step 6: Modifying the Mint Can
After removing the lid,coat the inside of the box with several layers of electrical tape.Add a few more layers to the walls of the box so that the circuit board and battery case will fit nice and snug.Leave a small area exposed so that one of the wires can be attached directly to the metal can.
Also,coat the rim of the can with some clear plastic tape.Make about a 1/4 inch flange all around the rim of the can so that the lid and can are never in contact with each other.
Step 7: Inserting the Circuit Board
The other capacitor wire is bent over the rim of the can about 1/4 of an inch.The clear tape on the rim of the can will insure that this wire does not actually come in contact with the can itself.The purpose of this wire is to come in contact with the lid when it is placed on the can (thus 'electrifying' the lid). Please take note that the circuit board is always 'live' when the battery is in place (you get about 4 hours of shocking fun out of a standard AA battery).
You are almost finished but be sure to sand off some of the paint on the metal tabs.When the lid is in place,touching the lid and one of the metal tabs at the same time creates the electric shock.Also,the paint on the can acts as an insulator but tiny scratches in the paint can allow electricity to 'leak' through and shock you.That is why I like to coat the can with a couple layers of clear lacquer (though rubber cement may work just as well).I WOULD BE HAPPY TO MAKE ONE OF THESE FOR YOU IF YOU CAN'T DO IT OR DON'T HAVE THE TIME.FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.ENJOY!!