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Amazing plasma globe tricks that you never knew before!!!

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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.

 
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Step 1: Get the things!!

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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!!
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LazerByte3 months ago

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!

wupme5 years ago
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 wupme4 years ago
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 BytePilot4 months ago

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. :)

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)  wupme5 years ago
That would be very difficult for the rod magnets, I need to get some sphere magnets...
yep do that. find some strong box and put them in or just make a stick out of few magnets and try with it
I honestly can't remember why I did this. Just experimenting probably. I forced some of these cylinder magnets into a shrink tube the way they didn't want to go then shrunk it. I don't even remember what it did. I cut it apart so probably not much.
I only tried it with spheres, so maybee it doesn't work that good for cylinders. Gotta get some new ones any, so a good chance to try it out myself i can reproduce it with cylinders.
My sister broke the glass ball to my cousin's plasma globe. I wont dare to turn it on. What will happen if i do?

It'll act more like a tesla coil, which is what actually gives off the sparks and lights from the electricity reacting with the gases inside the globe, once shattered, the gases may be gone but the electricity will remain, just turn it on and put an LED or fluorescent light bulb and it should light up

I have a large plasma globe that I put up to a cd player Note the cd player was unplugged and it started playing the song that was on it.
its possible that the radio frequencies emited by the plasma globe created internal arcing which short circuited your radio and turned it on its sort of far fetched but if the plasma lamp is big enough and close enough it is possible :)
The switch in there is wire to a mosfet that acts like a turn on and stay on. they detect voltage, and are very sensitive to it the EMF (voltage) field created the the globe triggers this MOSFET. You are definitely onto something!
heck, you tink thats bad? i turned off my computer one day, was about to unplug the speakers - and they started talking!!! it was really faint and sounded like Steven Hawking/Microsoft sam!!!!!!!!! it lasted for about 10 seconds... it was pretty freaky....
Plasmana (author)  ultrakill5 years ago
It is probably picking up microwave energy from the cellphones...
ht2o Plasmana5 years ago
i agree if u put a cell phone on the bars at the base of a gutiar it makes a real freaky pulse sound. i know its radio waves but i sounds off beat, just a little tho
Plasmana (author)  ht2o5 years ago
Yeah, even fro ordinary computer amplifiers, when I put a cellphone near it, I hear a beep-beep-beep-beeeeeeeeep-beep-beep (and so on) nosie.
that realy realy kool
That is creepy. Are you sure the CD player isn't possessed?
Plasmana (author)  n8man5 years ago
It is not so creapy to me.... xD
OOOOOOOOOH POSSESSED!
Yes,By Me,Now Give it back :P
Plasmana (author)  coolpizzadude5 years ago
Does the CD player have batteries ?hen I am not too surprised, because the EM radiation from the plasma globe probably interfered with the microchip in the CD player and cause it to "turn on" and play the music.
yea
it has something to do with the fact that radios receive signals from ELECTROMAGNETIC waves. since the plasma globe has a surrounding electromagnetic field, it may cause the radio to pick up some of these waves, or it may transfer the waves directly to the speaker solenoids, bypassing the on/off/volume control. that is speculation, so if someone else knows for sure, please inform me
wow creepy man!
asellers1 year ago
I have found a large peace of cloth or paper towel (enough to cover most of the top half) lightly soaked in saltwater to be more effective than the foil. Just be sure you don't let anything inside the globe get wet!
runfromnuke3 years ago
You sound like a reincarnation (figure of speech) of Nikola Tesla. If you get the chance, you should read up on him.

Plasma balls like this one are basically a miniature version of Wardenclyffe Tower (a giant tesla coil). That tower would have sent electricity to most of the Eastern sea-board if Edison and J.P. Morgan hadn't had it blown up.

Keep it up! I look forward to reading more of your experiments and ibles.
The Wardenclyffe Tower was a full scale test subject, which could be put into service. Funding dried up when a sponsor went bankrupt, and no more funding lead these to go to ruin. These Towers were highly inefficient, so they would have to have Towers every couple of miles. Tesla invented AC current.

He also worked for Edison.. And he developed his own version of the lightbulb that was easier to manufacture (and cheaper) because Edison didn't want him to use anything of his in the local fair, I think it was in New York, can't remember.

Tesla also made an earthquake machine, which would measure the harmonic frequency then would output that frequency to start breaking things. Like breaking glass with a crystal wine glass with water in it. Rumors had it that on Manhattan Island there was an earthquake, and cops broke into Tesla's lab to find him trying to turn it off with a sledge hammer LOL! The power button got stuck xD
Yeah that tesla dude was on e BAD Muther! They say he was born of and out of a spirit guide, who had connections with the other world, he could ,,fromt he help of his spirit guide , conjure up all kinds of strange anomalies. Now he is a car bulit in southern California, U.S.A
Dude, ur completly BONKERS & CRAZY
deathcreep92 years ago
I covered my 8" plasma globe with foil and touched it with my finger. As long as you keep your finger against the foil, it only feels tingly, but if you put it a millimeter away, you feel the burn. You can touch a 12v incandescant bulb to the foil, too but only touch the glass. It makes purple arks in the bulb. I did the same thing with a big, antique bulb and it made an orange ark(that one gets really hot).
XTL3 years ago
The magnetic field from the magnets will deform the arc. You can see this more clearly with a discharge tube like a piece of neon sign because its a straight line already. Inside the sphere its hard to see the effect - you can't get the magnets near the middle of an arc.

Incidentally the plasma sphere power supply is making high voltage at a high frequency. This is making a radiator or antenna. Voltage acts very differently at low and high frequencies. Look up "skin effect" to see one of the differences.

So any discharge tube bought near the plasma globe (which is acting as a voltage antenna) will cause it to glow.

For magnets - use a long tube and move the magnets around it. If you can find a tube with a nice thin discharge in it you will be able to see the results better than a soft broad discharge tube like a fluorescent. Check out the museum of Neon Art (neonmona.org) for more info on gases and their colours etc.
mac241 XTL2 years ago
I put my plasma lamp next to my alarm clock, the clock went haywire.
Psychopomp3 years ago
I might be wrong but i think what you're doing is called induction,..pretty nice
Induction is what he's doing because it is moving electricity with magnetism.
Electric toothbrush chargers use induction. Pretty nifty things, might make an 'ible about how to hack one. Or several hundred.
jschaefer13 years ago
i rubbed the plasma globe against the top of my digital alarm clock and it CHANGED the TIME!!! (:
You probably hit a button or something...
Actually, it messes with transistors and stuff like that. Probably will change the time.
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