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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!!

Step 2: 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

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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!!!

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...

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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...

(UPDATE)
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 ( http://www.powermagnetstore.com/ ).
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.)
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Fastfocus 5 months ago
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
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 :)
Hitman3125 months ago

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.

hey thats some pretty cool stuff but believe it or not I just got that same plasma ball for Christmas!
JohnR227 months ago

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.

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

ibenkos9 months ago
Smart idea! I really like this project. Thanks for shearig :)

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.

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LaserByte1 year 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!

wupme6 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 wupme5 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

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)  wupme6 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.
cheddarevan2 years ago
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)  ultrakill6 years ago
It is probably picking up microwave energy from the cellphones...
ht2o Plasmana6 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)  ht2o6 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)  n8man6 years ago
It is not so creapy to me.... xD
OOOOOOOOOH POSSESSED!
Yes,By Me,Now Give it back :P
Plasmana (author)  coolpizzadude6 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!
asellers2 years 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!
runfromnuke4 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
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