Introduction: Amazing Plasma Globe Tricks That You Never Knew Before!!!

Picture of Amazing Plasma Globe Tricks That You Never Knew Before!!!

On this instructable, I will show you what thing can react to the plasma globe.

I find just looking and touching a plasma globe kinda boring, I wanted to do something more fun with the plasma globe.
Some times later, I saw a short video on You Tube about a florescent tube lighting up when placed near the plasma globe, I was surprised that the florescent tube glows near the plasma globe without any physical electric contact!
So I started experimenting with my plasma globe with gas discharge tubes and some solid-state things. And it is amazing how some things reacted to the electric fields that is created by the plasma globe.

Please note that I am only 15 years old and I am not very good at grammar so if you find some parts of the instructable confusing, please let me know and I will try fix it.

Step 1: Get the Things!!

Picture of Get the Things!!

The thing you must have is the plasma globe itself, you can use any plasma globe you have - from little tiny USB plasma globe all the way to the gigantic laboratory plasma globe, the plasma globe I used is called "Plasma 360".
Also you need some more things if you want more fun out of your plasma globe...

Get some of those thing you have around your house! I am very sure you have one of any of those things in your house!
- florescent tube (any size will do)
- Energy saver lamp (compact fluorescent bulb) (any type will do)
- Cold cathode tube (any color and type will do)
- Xenon tube (you can find one inside a disposable flash camera)
- neon bulb (I used some tiny ones)
- LED's (use cheap junk LED's, you will find out later in this instructable)
- LCD screen (I used one from broken electronics)

You could also try experiment using other things like...
- Neon sign

And some more things...
- Aluminum foil
- A big nail
- A long piece of wire
- any thing that is paper (like paper towel, tissue, wrapping paper and so on...)

OK, before we move on, please note that I an NOT responsible for any damage you have done to your things with your plasma globe and also plasma globes are high voltage devices so I am NOT responsible if you harm your self in any way from the plasma globe. And one more thing, be reasonable and have fun!!

Step 2: Gas Discharge Tube Fun

Picture of Gas Discharge Tube Fun

Once you got some gas discharge tubes, flick the switch "ON" on the plasma globe and place a tube near the plasma globe and sit back and enjoy the fascinating glows from the tubes... Pretty cool eh?

- The florescent tube does not glow so brightly but surprising enough that it glows without any physical electric contract! Energy saver lamps (compact fluorescent bulb)will do same thing what florescent tube does. Please beware that some types of energy saver's ballast will "die" after being exposed the electric fields from the plasma globe, so maybe use a "dead" energy saver lamp if you don't want to risk killing your good one.

- Any neon bulbs should have an orange glow, you could try put your neon sign near the plasma globe and see what happens...

- The xenon tubes should have an eerie blue glow.

- The cold cathode I have glows brightly, brighter than the white florescent tubes.

Step 3: Solid-state Things Fun

Picture of Solid-state Things Fun

Now try putting some solid-state things near the plasma globe and see what happens...

- The LED's may or may not glow and use cheap LED's because the LED's may die after being with the plasma globe. I had already lost two white LED's that cost me $3.00 each, so be careful on what LED's you use.

- The LCD screen should show digits or something. Now take the LCD screen far away from the plasma globe and notice what happened to the LCD screen? The LCD screen still shows digits! And the digits on the LCD screen will soon disappear...

Step 4: Dangerous Fun!!!

Picture of Dangerous Fun!!!

Now this is a dangerous fun part!
Turn off your plasma globe and cover your plasma globe with aluminum foil and turn the plasma globe on again...
Now you need a wire that is connected to the earth ground. Get an big nail (I used a glow plug) and wrap some wire around the nail. Then stick the nail with wire wrapped on it in the soil outside. There now you have a source of earth ground, that will be used for your plasma globe experiments!
OK, bring the earth ground wire very close (but not touching) to the plasma globe with foil on it and you will get teeny tiny purple arks. Now put a piece of paper very close to the ark and it should burn or even catch on fire!!! (Sorry no picture of this happing)
OK, you had done that fun bit, but now what happens if you connect the gas discharge tubes and solid-state things to the plasma globe with foil and earth ground?? Obviously it will glow brighter! Take a look at the pictures down below! Also I recommend that you do not do this to the energy saver lamps and LCD screen as it might get damaged.

Be careful not to touch the foil of the active plasma globe because you may get nasty RF burns and damage your nerve cells, although you may not feel any pain if you let the arks jump from the plasma globe with foil to your finger because the plasma globe operates at high frequency and our nerves cannot detect such frequency, so be careful.

Step 5: Plasma 360 Experiments...

Picture of Plasma 360 Experiments...

Now let your imagination loose... Try experiment with other things, like what happens if you put a cell phone (use a broken one) with a screen near the plasma globe? Will the screen light up? who knows...

Have fun with your plasma globe!!
I hope you enjoyed this instructable!

Question, idea, help, or something? Make an comment!

Step 6: (UPDATE) What Happens If You Put the Neodymium Magnets Near The...

Picture of (UPDATE) What Happens If You Put the Neodymium Magnets Near The...

What happens if you put the neodymium magnets near the plasma globe???
I had been told that if you put strong magnet near the plasma globe, the arks supposed to do something strange... So I brought 100 1/4 x 1/4 N38 rod neodymium magnets from Power Magnet Store ( ).
When my order finally arrived, I put a cube of 100 magnets on top of my plasma globe and guess what happen... Nothing the arks is doing nothing but it is attracted to the magnets because of its conductivity. Oh well, it was a worth try (or am I doing something wrong? Please tell me if you know what am I doing wrong.)

I now wanted to know if a plasma ark inside a xenon tube will do anything interesting if I put my magnets near the tubes, so I am going to do that experiment...
I covered my plasma globe aluminum foil. I connected one end of the xenon tube to the plasma globe and the other end of the xenon tube to the earth ground.
Then I turned on my plasma globe and the xenon tube is making an ark inside of it, and I put a cube of 100 magnets near the tube and what happened? The ark inside the tube move and wiggled due to the magnetic force from the magnets. Yaay, the ark inside the xenon tube is affected by the magnets!
But I don't understand, the arks inside the plasma globe are not affected by the magnets? (I guess its because the arks are always moving about in the plasma globe.)


CloudV made it! (author)2017-09-18

I did this a while before I saw this project and noticed a funny xenon flash tube effect. When you touch one end to the ground and the other end to the metal object on the globe (I used a can) not only do you get the dull purple-blue glow but you also see a really cool sine-wave arc effect in a light blue color. My iPad camera, however, was not able to distinguish this and showed it as a bright blue glow, as you can see in the picture. This was a really cool project! Also, whenever I touched the leads it made my radio jam up and make an annoying static sound from across the room (10 feet away).

dawn456qs (author)2017-08-15

Great Post!

DGW (author)2016-07-31

The reason you don't feel the discharge is because the current generated in the plasma ball is very high frequency AC and this is subject to the Skin Effect. AC tends to travel on the outside of conductors. That is one reason why stranded wire is prefered for AC. It has more surface area than solid wire. See this link for more info.

toothpick5 (author)DGW2016-07-31

That's contrary to what I understand about electron flow. Current does not only flow on the surface area, it flows through the conductive medium. which is copper in this case. Solid core wire has more copper inside compared to the same size stranded wire. Thus, a 14 guage solid core wire can carry more current than 14 guage stranded. This is just common sense to me but, correct me if I'm wrong?

With AC current, stranded works best (skin effect, more current flows on the surface) So with DC, it flows through the whole wire, not jus tthe surfac(s) of the starnds. So it's a difference due to the AC Vs DC.

John LeeP (author)toothpick52016-08-04

While DC flows through the entire conductor, high frequency electricity flows only on the surface of a conductor. For more info on this look up "Faraday" (as in Farads and "Faraday Cage").

KenS74 (author)toothpick52016-07-31

It's true. For AC the current tends to travel more towards the outer part of the wire. This is why high-powered RF equipment uses pipes instead of wire. For a fairy complete explanation see:

JonP3Po (author)2016-08-01

You are obviously willing to get into trouble.

Learn about, respect, and be aware of capacitors. You will encounter them and you would be better off not to learn the hard way. A microwave oven or a television can kill you. Make sure you do your homework before touching circuits in appliances. Otherwise, "Good Luck!"; stay curious, and invent the future.

RodgerC (author)JonP3Po2016-09-19

I have a kiln that I use to melt glass; for simplicities sake; use tripples for melting the glass into the molds --- depending on the thickness of the glass, I will startt with 9:99 secs. put on your eye protectors and your gloves Cheap Ov/gloves work just fine as long as you are hot staring too long at your project., <<I go through a lot of gloves because I was fascinated enough to hold the glowing hot stuff longer than a few secondsl. I bring this up because you can 'nuke' some of those items you mentioned abd they will glow nicely; a highlighter pen will brilliantly produce a plasma ball that will make your microwave difficult to clean

Fastfocus (author)2015-02-19

Hello and nice instructable, I need some assistance on what the potentiometer on the pcb inside of the globe does, btw I have the same model (plasma 360) globe as you. My main question about it is what the pot is there for, raising the current to make bigger arcks I hope

Fastfocus (author)Fastfocus 2015-02-19

Because I'm using it to make a mini Jacobs ladder and at the moment it's not strong enough to make a nice climbing arc thx :)

pdub77 (author)Fastfocus 2015-10-22

Get yourself a neon sign transformer for the Jacob's ladder.

CourtenayS1 (author)pdub772016-08-01

I had one of those fifty five years ago and my friends thought it was the coolest. Yeah, we really did say coolest back then.

gregjd5000 (author)Fastfocus 2015-12-11

A good example of a project to save for when you are experienced with electricity. Study electrical engineering in college!

zacker (author)Fastfocus 2015-10-22

yeah usually it controls how much action you get from the globe.

Litavecz (author)2016-07-31

Nice job! I wish they had the internet when I was a kid to share ideas/information!

BryanB7 (author)2016-07-31

You seem to be a very bright 15 year old .Keep up the good work. The world needs more scientists and physicists . To help our planet. Thank you for this amazing instructable.

Sythe101 (author)2016-07-30

try different types of magnets, say from taking apart a hard drive, microwave, dvd player? careful though, they can electrocute/burn you if your not careful

Raymond_Koepsell (author)2016-07-29

The perfect father-son project, cheers!

RaduR6 (author)2016-05-31

wow, 'super inovation!'
U dont need to connect that wire to the ground!!!
Its wireless electricity, it will work if u touch the foil!!!!

JohnW32 (author)2016-05-16

Try magnetic quencing: North or south, one should allow the plasma to flow to the magnetic, the other should flow to the sides.

JohnL6 (author)2016-03-20

you are either a genius or a madman or both!

Kai dad (author)2016-03-04

i almost killed myself xD i put a tissue on my plasma thing and touched it. it HURT

deeznut_1 (author)2016-02-08

deeznut_1 (author)2016-02-08

GlennH17 (author)2016-01-19

Just ran into this kind of by accident. My hat is off to you for not only your interest in something but for taking the time to share it. So fantastic to see a kid your age doing something besides playing video games some day. You are curious. That's one of the greatest traits one can have and that very trait is what led to each and every item you spoke of on your list. Congrats!

joxe555 (author)2016-01-02

Study people like Nikola Tesla, John Huttchison, Ruder Boskobich... and what they try to do!they are the real rebolutionaries!

j.d.a.h1999 (author)2015-11-02

With some touch-screen phones, if you put them near or place the screen on the globe for a while, the touchscreen gets disabled, also, it changes my stereo configuration when placed near

shellalbert (author)2015-11-02

please forgive me that I don't know what you are doing. maybe this instruction need some professional knowledge.

modeverythingman (author)2015-10-28

I got burned yesterday by touching paper with graphite on it, while the globe was touching the graphite. Don't try it, cause it HURTS

As he said, touch it with something metal.

spylock (author)2015-10-26

Very good job,and your grammar is fine as a lot of adults have much worse.

bruold (author)2015-10-24

I have a plasma globe which i got bored with and put away for few years, your ideas spiked my interest again great article.

ronald.ferreira.39 (author)2015-10-24

it kills insects burns hands if left on 2 long. the tall metal ones really shock make all our head stand up

billbillt (author)2015-10-22

very cool...

zacker (author)2015-10-22

I had two of these a few years back but gave them away. one was a big globe and the other was shaped like a Big Dinner plate. it was white colored glass but when it was on the plazma looked like blue lightening streaks reaching out from the center... it had a setting so it was sound activated, id put it above the stereo and watch that thing like it was a TV! lol...

RedstoneM (author)2015-08-13

a cube of 100 magnets... how big is that?

And it should be possible to take the head off by twisting it slighty, even more dangerous fun!

Hitman312 (author)2015-02-04

Hey! plasmana i like your how-to instructable's, but i wonder one thing : it is possible to make a tesla coil of a plasma ball? pls answear as quickly you can ( i am new and i cant English so good )

you can make a tesla coil with a plasma ball, but only a very old one. The old plasma globes actually contain solid state tesla coils, but at the very least you could use one as a high voltage power supply.

JavaProgrammer (author)2014-12-25

hey thats some pretty cool stuff but believe it or not I just got that same plasma ball for Christmas!

JohnR22 (author)2014-12-23

Screwed up the keyboard on a Casio 9860gII and 115es temporarily. Also caused them to hard lock and dim the screen. Effects stopped after removal of exposure to the plasma tube, and still functioned as expected. Crashed a TI-85!(That is, a hard crash, but only whilst in the proximity of the discharge tube) Had no effect on TI-83+/84+cse. Screen dimmed slightly on TI-92+, but was otherwise unaffected. iPod Nano 2g was mostly unaffected, except for a spike in power usage.

brett.porter.336 (author)2014-10-20

my brother was playing xbox and my friend opened the trey by touching the plasma ball

ibenkos (author)2014-10-18

Smart idea! I really like this project. Thanks for shearig :)

matthew.garner.184007 (author)2014-09-11

I have an awesome plasma bowl, and I have these huge speaker magnets . 6 / 30 ounce magnets and they are stacked up on top of each other. I put the plasma bowl on top of the magnets and the first thing I noticed was the electric bolts don't go all the way to the glass . they go like half way. but when I touch the glass , wow the shock is way stronger. why does the electric bolts not make it all the way to the glass, and why is the shock more intense , I hope it wont break my plasma bowl lol.

LaserByte (author)2014-05-17

Once, I was trying to do math on a cheap calculator next to one of these things! Now I know why the square root of 90 is 888885888!

wupme (author)2008-09-20

Try to put the magnets togheter "the way they don't want to" so force them. Then you get a stronger magnet. If you put them togheter like they want, then the magnetic field is much lower.

BytePilot (author)wupme2010-06-28

I think you've got this back to front. Magnets stuck together the way they "want to" reinforce each other* Magnets forced together cancel each other out. You can try this out easily with only a couple of magnets, put them togeterh one way, then the other. See which way picks up more paperclips. *unless you have them set up so they go around in a loop, then less of the field is free to act externally

iksbob (author)BytePilot2014-04-11

Yes you are correct, however wupme isn't wrong either.

When you snap two bar magnets together N to S, their magnetic fields connect - the field from the N face of one magnet gets picked up by the S face of the next. The field experienced around this connection will be similar to what you would see at the middle of one of the magnets before they were connected. That is, very little... The field is mostly contained within the magnet at this point. If you were to separate the two magnets just a little, you would see a very high field strength in the gap, and the field would bulge out a little as the flux lines (think lines of iron filings) try to spread out from the N face (like air from the mouth of a balloon), then get picked up by the S face (vacuum cleaner) of the next magnet. Note, the vacuum analogy isn't that great - putting two S faces against each other results in a repulsive force, where two vacuum cleaner nozzles would attract.

It's actually this spreading of flux and searching for the path of least impedance that gives magnets their attracting/repulsing properties. In addition to the well-known magnet-magnet interactions, magnets also interact with ferrous (iron-bearing) materials because they're better at carrying magnetic fields than air. The iron can carry a greater number of flux lines for its size, so it's like the lines suddenly have a bunch more room to spread out when they hit the iron object. I suppose it takes energy to create an area of high flux, so giving that flux a place to go (reducing density) represents potential energy and letting the objects (magnet and iron) accelerate towards each other releases that energy... Bleh, physics.

But anyway, putting two magnets N to N or S to S is like trying to push two balloons (or hair driers, leaf blowers, garden hoses, whatever) together. You can do it with enough force, but the flux is always looking for a place to escape. The smaller you make that escape route, the stronger the magnetic flux will be at that point.

Disclaimer: I am not a physicist, take the above with a grain of salt and feel free to correct if you know better than I. :)

Poppy Ann (author)BytePilot2013-11-07

when magnets are N to S they only increase the force felt between each other but not to what is around them if you put them side to side then the force felt between each other will try to push away but the force from them to any other object will increase which is what he wants.

Plasmana (author)wupme2008-09-20

That would be very difficult for the rod magnets, I need to get some sphere magnets...

11010010110 (author)Plasmana2008-10-15

yep do that. find some strong box and put them in or just make a stick out of few magnets and try with it

About This Instructable




Bio: &ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash; &quot;Energy cannot be created nor destroyed!&quot; &ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash;
More by Plasmana:How To Build A Simple But Powerful Flyback DriverZVS Flyback Driver - VideoClose ups on electronics
Add instructable to: