It doesn't require much money (if any), but you need some basic soldering skills and electronics knowledge to finish it successfully...
If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask me!
Step 1: Getting the parts
- About 5 disposable cameras (used) with flash circuit (you can probably get them for free at your local photo-store if you ask nice)
- A soldering iron
- Some wire
- A plastic ballpoint-pen, ink tube removed so you only keep the hard outer plastic tube
- A light-switch
- Electrical insulation tape
- Plenty of enameled magnet wire (ca. 0,5mm diameter)
- Some soldering skills and some electronic knowledge
Step 2: Disassembling the cameras and getting the right parts
- Look for the big capacitor on every circuit board (a cilindrical thing) and touch both connections with a screwdriver. BE CAREFUL! This will probably give a great spark, since the capacitors may still be charged.
- Choose the flash-charger-circuit board you want to use. Mark the location and the polarity of the capacitor on the board, so you know how to connect the string which will be explained in step 5 later. The (-) side is the one with the vertical stripe printed on the cap above it.
- Identify the charging-button and triggering-switch on the circuit board which were originally used to load and trigger the flash, and solder the wires connected to them together, so the switches are both closed.
- Desolder the big capacitors from every circuit board, and throw away the boards you don't need - so not the one you chose earlier.
Step 3: Preparing for the real stuff
- Connect the string of caps to the connections on your flash-charger circuit board you marked earlier.