Step 4: Bring It All Together

Now Connect Everything Together. Follow the Picture Diagram and Schematic.

Test the system, if it works use Plexiglas, wood, or even metal to make housing for your gun depending on the desired size/weight etc.

The Battery Banks Must not exceed +3V for relatively safe operation.
<p>I made it but don't really understand how it works could someone explain. also to make it more powerful what components do i change/ increase number of, thanks</p>
<p>As you can tell from my other comments, I'm sort of new to this sort of thing. Would I be able to use this (https://goo.gl/IOuje4) instead of buying a bunch disposable camera's and taking them apart, I want to stay away from screwing anything up. If this product doesn't work, is there another product I can use as a charger for cheap? I'm trying to retrofit all of this inside of a Nerf Long Strike.</p>
<p>Also, is it ok to use an AC DPDT on/off switch, that's all I can really find. Or could I use an spst for the on/off switch? If so, does it have to be DC or can it be an AC switch?</p>
<p>Should I get 12v Hookup wire or 300v, because that's all I can find on amazon. and spools of the 300v wire are 20 bucks a pop! that would be 40 bucks alone for the stranded and solid wire. I also don't see anywhere in here that you used to stranded wire, just the solid.</p>
dude, the 30mml is it the coil's length or the projectile's length?and 8mm indDia is it's the coil's or projectile? plz answer me as soon as u can..... i like ur project....
<p>So what was your approximate velocity ( in feet per second ). I was unable to find this in your text. Great project !</p>
<p>Do you think it would be possible to place a smaller projectile in a nerf gun bullet tip and have one of these guns accelerate that?</p>
It would be hard to get ot to accelerate enough to launch, or to make it slow enough not to kill a small child. <br><br>NOT suggested for dart tag, but yes you could do it for a nerf sniper
Yes, and no. It would work, but might kill someone anyway.
<p>the circuit boards from the Kodak disposable cameras I got look different than the stuff in the pictures, do I need ones that look the same as in the pictures?</p>
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<p>hello</p><p>hello my Friends</p><p>How to build a coil gun<br>What is needed components list?</p><p>thanks</p>
<p>What did you use for the case?</p>
<p>how do i load it?</p>
<p>I really want to make a nerf gun using this method :)</p>
do coilguns require high voltage or high current <br>
<p>High current is what you need.</p>
<p>every time i try to get mine to work it just wont BUT if i disconnect the capacitor bank and the coil wire from the relay, the capacitors actually charge up and then when i touch the coil wire to the + capacitor wire (thus completing the circuit) it will actually discharge the capacitors and shoot. im not sure what i am doing wrong to make it not fire with the relay/switch combo but i need it to and im stumped...could i be using the wrong relay or something?</p>
<p>Btw i once saw a 15kJ 2.5V capacitor somewhere for around 800$, would that even work? (probably in a line so they make some more volts and 100mm&sup2; wire)</p>
<p>I got a 385V/2200&micro;F (163J) capacitor, and got a small coil (~0.2mm wire diameter) to fire an iron core half a meter far (it was charged to ~25-44J), so a thicker coil would surely work?</p>
I am having some trouble im trying to do this with an electric weed eater any advice
<p>Electric weed eater.. well, I'd suggest to put that down, and try using the suggested components instead. Good luck!</p>
<p>does someone knows how to charge a capacitor?</p>
<p>apply current</p>
Sorry again, decrease*
Sorry again, decrease*
Would it decrease charging time if you were to use more than one charging circuit, turning them on one at a time, and having them linked in parallel to the bank?
<p>I have fawned a way to make the coil gun a automatic. I put a lm555 timer ,but you can use any of the 555 chips, to make it a automatic gun.</p>
If you were to make a coil gun with just a single disposable camera circuit, you would just need to apply the power bank to where the battery would have gone, with a switch also on the positive wire, and apply your coil (with your lever switch on the positive wire) to the capacitor. (positive with positive, negative with negative) now if you used eight circuit boards,( keeping in mind on how I explained a single circuit board coil gun works) line them up in series, with each capacitor removed from them and put into a separate bank, the boards would all receive power evenly, which in turn, provide the power to the capacitors. My point is that nobody has to even follow this tutorial when they can simply do this, for one, you wouldn't have to destroy a perfectly good circuit board, and two, this way also allows you to use ANY KIND of circuit board as long as each one uses the same power source. Lastly, why would you want to waste so much money on building the guns body and/or case, when you can simply use the body of your choice water gun, nerf gun, etc. The inside of one is bound to have enough space to hold everything, and you can paint it the color of your choice when you finish putting it all together. That way it can save you the hastle on buying, finding, wasting much MORE money on the things to make one.
<p>There's actually a very good reason you don't connect he boards and caps in series, that is because they wont balance correctly. Each cap has a different capacitance, it can be off by only a few microfarad or off by hundreds of microfarad, regardless, if you put them in series, the lowest value capacitor will stop charging first, and current will cease to flow through the loop at that point. (findamental property of a capacitor is that it stops allowing current to flow once it's charged) This is not a big problem if all your caps are almost identical, because you will get pretty close to the correct voltage on each capacitor. But if you're using cheapo disposable camera capacitors, then odds are your bank will stop charging long before every capacitor is fully charged. The solution is to use an active balancing solution, or a microcontroler, that systematically monitors the voltage of each cap and drains and charges them as needed to maintain balance. But that is an expensive and involved solution, the better method is to put them in parallel. <br>Further, you dont gain any power when putting them in series over parallel</p>
<p>the soloution to this problem (caps in serial unbalanced) is to use the voltage divider principle. just put on each cap a low-tolerance reisistor in parallel. This will make sure that each capacitor will be charged. Please google the math for the right resistors.</p>
<p>i am in a country that dont have exactly that cameras :P soo i cant easy make this and i need to know WICH coil-magnet wire i need can someone pls send a link to me? &lt;3 thank you </p>
i also wanna give thanks to instuctables user Plasmana. without his idea on his worlds smallest electronic shocker, i wouldnt have been able to use this idea for the coil gun charging circuit, and have been able to decifer rwilsford07's method.
for those of you who want to know EXACTLY on what connects to what using rwilsford07's technique, i drew up a diagram that'll make it much easier to understand. this way will also allow you to once again, use ANY curcuit board as long as it has all the correct componants shown in the diagram. the best thing about this diagram, if your a experienced solderer, you can desolder the components and solder them together OFF the curcuit board, which is best because it'll allow you to save A WHOLE LOT of space within your coil gun.
Why not just connect the circuit boards in series instead of in parallel, so each board can receive power evenly, and without having to cut out ANYTHING as well. You can make a simple cheap coil gun from a single camera circuit board without having to or cut anything.
<p>how to manualy connect a kodak ( disposeable camera ) transformer to wires to connect to the transformer and get high voltage?</p>
<p>I'm not sure for that application, but I made a taser like that.</p>
<p>Did u actually brand it with FESys</p>
<p>Does this work?!?!?!</p>
<p>how many batteries do i need?</p>
rwilsford07, may i ask your email?
<p>hi uh what kind of capacitor did you use i' new to this so i'm not really sure, i know it isn't a super/ultra capacitor but if you could give me a link to a similar capacitor to the one used in this instructable that would be helpful thanks</p>
<p>I think I'll try this project this weekend.</p>
I have got myself two types of disposable cameras (FUJIFILM and Polaroid). <br>I can't tell where to cut the circuit board (and what the transformer looks like) so that the transformer comes out. <br>If It's not too much trouble could someone draw on the photos where I need to cut. <br>Thanks.
The circuit board with the red LED. Do I need to cut it with the Transformer?
When you say the capacitors should be rated 300VDC...<br>Do you mean each capacitor or all the capacitors in the bank must equal 300VDC to 900vdc?
Each capacitor.
the design bears striking similarity to that of a high power emp device, will the gun emit an emp pulse when fired? http://www.wikihow.com/Build-an-EMP-Generator - (link to wikihow that shows how an emp device is created)
Where else can I get charger circuits from? A lot of the stores nearby me are not that generous.

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