Introduction: How to Make a Hidden Kodak TAZER

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There may be other instructables teaching you how to create a simple shocker out of a disposable camera. I made one of those and well... took it to school and got it taken away. I figured, if i could completely hide all of the connections and stuff, it would be easy to trick other people its only a disposable camera. Well, here's how to do it.

Step 1: Materials

What you will need:

1 Kodak disposable FLASH camera
X-acto knife
Alligator clips
Electric wires
Electric tape
Sticky tak or clay

Make sure that you have adult supervision if you are under 18 when using the knife

Step 2: Disection of the Camera

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On the sides of the camera, there should be little wedges that keeps the camera intact. They may be covered by the sticker wrapping. Pull on those wedges to release the latch that hold the two pieces of the camera together. There should be two plastic outer pieces, one plastic inner piece, a circuit board, and a little turny thing. Throw away the turny thing. Be careful with the circuit board, as it might shock you. Remove the battery and get your tweezers and using the metal side, touch the two pieces of wire leading out of the capacitator (the battery like thing). There might be a huge spark, so be careful. Touch it a few times and you should be safe from shock. In the examples, I had already finished the camera so the wires are connected. Don't mind that for now.

Step 3: Create the Casing

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Now, after you have short circuited the capacitator, it's time to put the circuit board back into the inner plastic holster. Using the x-acto knife, cut a hole in the holster where the leads of the capacitator meet the circuit board. Attach two alligator clips to the leads of the capacitator through the hole. You might want to put some electrical tape between the clips to prevent accidental short circuiting. Now, attach the electric wires to the alligator clips. Cut two semi circles leading to the right side of the camera so that the wires can go through. Refer to the pictures for detailed explanations.

Step 4: Almost There...

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Cut two holes in the right side of the camera (the side without the battery). The holes must be big enough to fit part of the last two holes in them. One clip per hole. Connect the open end of the wires to the last two clips and fit the clips in the holes. Fill in any open space with clay or sticky tak. Now you're almost done. Find the outer back casing piece of the camera and cut of part of the left edge. This is so you can remove and replace the battery any time. Now put it all back together. After you've done so, press the charge button on the front of the camera and you should hear a whirring sound. Either try to short-circuit it again by touching the two clips extending out, or shock somebody else. If it works, then congratulations! If not, post any questions/comments below

Step 5: Conclusion

Overall... this project took quite some time. I built my first one only to get it confiscated, so i hope this one will be better. I'm going to try to enter my first contest with this so please give me high remarks. To turn the circuit off, simply remove the battery and touch the two clip tips with any metal object, which will cause sparks. Btw, if you do bring this to work/school/etc., DO NOT short circuit it in front of people. You will get it confiscated because of the sparks. Any questions/comments, post below please.


EpicMinecrafter870 (author)2015-09-01

I used a different camera where u can turn the flash on and off so u can charge it and turn it off while its charged and it won't zap anything

EpicMinecrafter870 (author)2015-08-31

Well when I was building it I felt its sharp sting lol


guess what! I made one, but I got in trouble because i gave it to a friend after we had shocked ourselves, then my friend took it to chapel, and someone else didn't believe it could shock, so he's like "This doesn't do anything, watch this: ZAP!" and now I'm in lunch detention

I'm in 7th grade

Haha. Hey don't let getting in trouble stop you from experimenting and building cool things. I wrote this instructable 7 years ago, when I was in seventh grade, and one of the things I regret the most is not putting more time into building cool things that interested me. Keep on building and hacking. You won't regret it :)

Thank's for the encouragement. you should check out my instructable that also got me in trouble. Sadly I haven't made any more. MUST MAKE MORE!

Also, I'm thinking of an improvement to the flamethrower pistol, you should search it.

Hey, great and bad idea, use this for mind control!, also I am now done with lunch detention.


what grade were you in?

7th Haha. It's been a while now...

malik98 (author)2011-05-07

How do you deactivate it without taking out the battery.

Rhamkota (author)2011-01-25

You could put the clips right where the face under the viewfinder so when they touch their face to it ZAP!

Gabe4s (author)2008-08-28

But overall.....good tutorial!

upinthecloude (author)Gabe4s2011-01-21

thank you

TheZap (author)2009-03-07

Hmmm, is there a way to weaken the shock, I just want to make this for s#!ts and giggles to mess around with friends, not to scare the living s#!t out of them XD

upinthecloude (author)TheZap2011-01-21

yeah. Find a capacitor of lesser voltage and solder that in place of the 330V capacitator.

sadunpererarules (author)2008-09-09

dude. ur so mean. if u hadnt made such a good instructable i wudnt have been in so much trouble. haha. this is how da story goes...... In class, i was being a good boy (as i usually am), then i decide to show my good friend this tazer as u like to call it. then it falls of the table and lands on his leg. he gets shocked. then falls to the ground and starts vibrating uncontrolabbly. hew forgives me n says he wont squeal. but i feel bad

Haha. I got in trouble for this as well! This was back when I was in middle school, and my teachers asked where I bought this and were awestruck when I told them I made it.

hunt0h (author)sadunpererarules2009-05-25

nice friend btw

fub1985 (author)2009-08-05

you could attach a switch to either terminal of the standard fitted pressure switch then all you have to do is cut a little hole in the back of the camera and hide it there so instead of taking the battery out and de-charging the capacitor every time you put it in your pocket you could just flick the switch and your away.. im writing up my own Instructable so I can make a disposable shocker that hides all the shocker components and pins so it look like a regular camera and not a camera with two crocodile clips sticking out of the side.. watch my profile for it im sure some of you will be impressed... and ideas are very much welcome for my up and coming Instructable so please any ideas will be great.....

upinthecloude (author)fub19852011-01-21

Great idea!
Perhaps post the link to the instructable?

dragonsniper (author)2010-06-25

your camera sux!!! good instructible though


This was posted about 4 years ago, back when cameras had less megapixels than my phone today.

The thing That I like about this one, is that I don;t need soder anything.

Yes. This was back when I was in seventh grade, and using solder was quite out of the question.

upinthecloude (author)2011-01-21

Oh my. It's been nearly 4 years since I've published this. And this was back when I was in 7th grade. i remember checking back everyday to see how many new views I got, and now I've gotten 15k views. This is amazing.

Gabe4s (author)2008-08-28

If you have ever been shocked by one of these, say "I" in a reply message. I just want to know who has felt the pain (and who's dumb enough to touch it (like me)).

HiddenBlade1234 (author)Gabe4s2010-12-22

i didnt get shocked by it but my friend did he made one were u had to put a battery in it and when he was puttin the batery in it the current went through the battery up his arm and through his map he had sparks flying out his mouth

th3ch053n0n3 (author)Gabe4s2010-11-30

I, cuz I was making a coilgun and I didnt kno how to discharge it so i just grabbed it and it hurt.... then i thought it was discharged, touched it again, and got shocked again =(

J-Manoo7 (author)Gabe4s2009-12-01

"I" made one of these but with out the alligator clips to make it hidden.  I told my friend how also made one and told his dad that it would shock him if he(the dad) wasn't careful and my friend offered his dad some gloves but he refused saying "it can't hurt" ... then he didn't speak for like 5 minutes after getting tazed.

Moral of the story: if someone says "This will hurt you, wear gloves." it doesn't hurt to take that precaution, however it does if you don't.

bylerfamily (author)Gabe4s2009-09-17

IIII.4 for all the times I've been shocked.:D

softairdude (author)Gabe4s2009-07-03

I hate getting shocked by these

imthatguy1125 (author)Gabe4s2009-06-17


GunUdown (author)Gabe4s2009-05-26

"I" I got shocked with my friends when we were making one. He forgot to discharge the capacitor, I came back to connect the wires and bam!

beet195 (author)Gabe4s2008-09-22

lol i have been shocked by one of hurt like crazy!!!!!! my friend did it lol right on my arm and myarm got numb, but it got better after like 5 minutes

thebluemartyr (author)Gabe4s2008-09-05

I, have messed around with some buddies, we didnt charge it all the way for most of em, but one guy insisted on getting the full shock, so we zapped his arm, he said it was the most intense pain he ever felt, and the skin actually split into two big sores where the electrodes were, those are still there as scars :p poor guy

carscanpoo (author)2008-07-05

hey i think my tazer only works on metal because thats when it makes a spark so will it wok on other stuff?

PyroManiac96 (author)carscanpoo2008-09-23

it sparks on metal because most metals are highly conductive. whatever you are sparking needs to be conductive of electricity, such as water, metal, or human flesh :) try lemonade that would look really cool i think.

NX13 (author)PyroManiac962010-04-15

pure H2O (water) does not conduct electricity. It is the impuraties in water that conduct electricity. (Warning do not put elictrictiy with water)

PyroManiac96 (author)NX132010-04-16

Actually, pure water does conduct electricity. Not in any respectable amount, it is in fact such a minute amount that specific tools and equipment would be needed to test it. This is because water does not readily ionize into H+ and OH-. Notice I said readily. But for the most part, you are right, pure water would not conduct electricity well enough to be considered a conductor of electricity, however in a literal sense it does "conduct" electricity.

Tommyhzy (author)PyroManiac962009-05-20

OH! Try sand! (Remember when lightning strikes sand there are all sorts of interesting sculptures!) But lightning is PUNY compared to AWESOME DISPOSABLE CAMERA TASERS!

upinthecloude (author)carscanpoo2009-03-24

it works on metal because the metal acts as a conductor for the electricity. It short circuits because the plugs "touch" each other and causes a spark.

ghostman!! (author)2007-11-14

how much does it hurt do you know? will it seriously injure someone or is it safe to shock people with it

PyroManiac96 (author)ghostman!!2010-04-16

It's safe to shock someone with, to the extent that it does give you a nice jolt. It's pretty painful, but not anything that will put someone away. It's like a slap to the face relative to the effects, it will hurt but not do anything else.

One thing though, on bare flesh or through thin clothing this could leave burn marks on the skin from where it contacted it.

One last thing, it could cause someone to jerk unexpectedly, in a direction that may harm them or others (In other words, don't shock someone who's sharpening a knife blank on a bench grinder... one wrong angle, the wheel will catch the blade and send it flying, usually in a direction towards the user's feet...)

So short answer, it in itself will not directly injure someone directly, however it could indirectly cause serious bodily harm or even death indirectly.

upinthecloude (author)ghostman!!2007-11-14

To be exact, it depends on how long you actually touch it and your body current. The capacitator in the camera holds up to 330 volts. By short-circuiting it with a screwdrive, you release most of the electricity. When a human touches it, it will shock accordingly to his/her body voltage.

tech1510 (author)2010-03-05

 A good addition would be to solder a switch in between the two terminals of the capacitor to discharge it safely(without the sparks), another good addition would be a on/off switch (possibly protected), and a led to indicate when charged.

pindalanderz (author)2008-06-30

how much worse is it than the shock you get from touching metal after jumping on a trampoline?

Atlas22 (author)pindalanderz2009-11-23

if the trampoline has no cover and you slip while jumping and(for dudes only) you land smak dab on the metal part of the trampoline, hiting you "twig and berries"(ouch!)

sethman (author)pindalanderz2009-03-17

very worse about 80 000 times worse

beet195 (author)pindalanderz2008-09-22

lol alot worse

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