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How to Make a Static Electricity Generator - Shock Anything & Fry Electronics with a Touch!

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video How to Make a Static Electricity Generator - Shock Anything & Fry Electronics with a Touch!

I have made a new version of this project that uses a DC ion generator, you can see it here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Static-Electricity-Generator-Cast-Lightning/

In this video I show how to make a device that allows the user to gain the power of electricity. This high voltage generator can electrify a persons entire body with a static charge more powerful than rubbing even the softest footie pajamas on a carpet could ever muster. The electrical buildup can then be discharged with a touch to shock anything in reach.

Parts that may need to be ordered online:
Negative Ion Generator (Ionizer) (I bought mine here: http://www.allelectronics.com/ Search for SW-750) UPDATE: It seems that source of ion generators has been depleted. Here is a new one: http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G1783

Automotive Power Converter (Cheapest here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004I1LF7O/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00 Or find one at an auto parts store)

Parts that can be purchased in a hardware or electronics store (Such as Radio Shack):
Flux Core Solder
2" of Copper Wire
Heat Shrink Insulating Tubing (Optional)
9 Volt Battery (DO NOT USE A LARGER POWER SOURCE! Doing so may be DANGEROUS!)
9 Volt Battery Harness
On/Off Switch (Any type will work, even a light switch if that is all that is available)
Sticky Back Velcro
Dual Sided Velcro (Usually found in the form of cable ties)
Glasses Case
1 Gallon Bottle (Such as a windshield washer fluid bottle)
Hot Glue
Aluminum Soda Can
Duct or Electrical Tape

Tools:
Soldering Iron
Screwdriver
Scissors
Wire Strippers
Hot Glue Gun
Sand Paper
Drill & Bits
File (Optional)

I was inspired to create this video when I read the article posted here: http://fear-of-lightning.wonderhowto.com/how-to/master-power-shock-people-with-your-fingertips-0133360/
That article is based off of the information provided in this even older article: http://afrotechmods.com/cheap/negativeiongenerator/pikashoe7.htm

Both of the above use a design that contains the generator within a pair of shoes, but I decided that it would be better modified into something that could easily be strapped on and off over anything the user happens to be wearing. The design used in the article also has a nasty habit of shocking the bottom of your foot quite frequently.

Thank you for showing me how to make this. I used your idea ( still giving credit to you) to make a device similar to your. I used it in a science fair and won first place through out the entire fair. I'd like to say...

Thank you :)

Hey that's awesome. Great job!

I just finished the set up on this and it works pretty well. Using the same DC to AC converter I will say , be carefull installing it. what appears to me to be a heat sink (not sure I used the correct form of sink) is fairly fragile and if pressed against will loosen the attatched component from the low quality board. I tryed to resolder it and cased board damage ,then had to jup contacts from other locations.not a big deal just a heads up.
I found the 9v,though it works as intended, to be under powered so I am now using a 11.1v 800mah rechargeable lipo made for rc vehicles. It has improved the power greatly and they only cost about $8.
I already had a similar,profesionaly buit, gadget that is designed foragic performance that runs on 12v which is the comparison that made me find the 9v weak.
All that said this was an excelent write up as I have wanted to build myown for some time now. Thank you.
Very cool! Thanks for the feedback
Typo the one I have was made for magic performance. It is calledElectric Touch. This project is by far less expensive but not as streamlined. Defiantly worth the build for some fun.
fozzy131 year ago
This is so cool!! I've been thinking about different ways to use technology to imitate telekinesis, just because I think it would be awesome to be able to move things with my mind. I found some negative ion generators that are meant to plug into a 12v car outlet, which would greatly simplify the project. Do you think those would be strong enough to produce that sandstorm effect? Here's a link to what I found: http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G17879
NightHawkInLight (author)  fozzy131 year ago
No, unfortunately those work differently, and cannot be used to build static in your body. I tried it.
How disappointing : (
I'm glad you tried it first though to save the trouble. Great project!
NightHawkInLight (author)  fozzy131 year ago
Yep, my first thought was to try one. Perhaps someone who knows electronics better than myself could figure out a way to modify them for this purpose, but I don't suspect that it's possible.

will it work if you use a 12v to 120v power converter

will it work with an input:AC 100-120v ~50-60Hz 0.4A

output:DC9v 1000mA

switching power supply?

harry881 month ago
Ok totally unconventional use of three of your instructables but here it is the static electricity ignited airsoft mini gun alcohol cannon.
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What happens if I touch a person while wearing this? Will I be shocked?

Likely, though not as bad as the person you transfer the charge too will...

Oh, so it will shock them too?

Defiantly, the static shock it usually felt worse by whom picks up the charge (Who You Shock) not who delivers it... This is because electrons are suddenly jumping from your body to theirs... Just don't shock anyonw with pace makers...

I don't really want to use it to shock anyone. I just thought it would be a cool trick to make your fingers spark and manipulate sand.

It would/can be :D

Kiteman1 year ago
Ha, I see this as some sort of anti-pickpocketing device...
NightHawkInLight (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
Haha, great idea!

Just don't grab your phone from the pickpocket! :D

ddonlan8 months ago
Can you use this to charge an electric device using its charger.

No the voltage is way to high... Unless you built a well Step down Transformer... Otherwise you'll probably just fry the thing... (Like the Title Implies...)

I was wondering if you were to put on the device itself and strap it on your leg and walked around a bit, and you take it off, would you still have a static charge? and also what would happen if you were to shock a person with it strapped on, would they be severely hurt or would it feel like as if i just rubbed my feet on carpet and touched someone?

They'd probably get a decent shock from it, but nothing lethal... Well... No shocking people with Pacemakers to be safe...

nox14682 months ago

one question: is there any way to increase your body's capacitance, thus increasing the strength of your ellectrical charge?

You could connect a small high-voltage capacitor in parallel with the output from the ion generator (essentially between you and ground)....although that potentially (no pun intended) increases the danger to the user

http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp...

This product does not ships to where I live.....can this work
http://in.element14.com/texas-instruments/sn74hc74...
and also the link you gave shows different negative ion generator from which you used in the project......or is it the same
Please reply fast

Almarind1 month ago
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anton012 months ago

hey i was trying to make one but i had to by 5 converters and i think it fried them all.

NightHawkInLight (author)  anton012 months ago
Well that stinks, sorry to hear that. I have a more recent version of this project that uses a DC ion generator, you might have better lick with this one: http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Static-Electricity-Generator-Cast-Lightning/

Is it safe to touch someone with this???

The_Hacker3 months ago
Does this work too? Please answer I would like to build one. http://www.ebay.com/itm/121229646471
http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G1783
This product does not ships to where I live.....can this work
http://in.element14.com/texas-instruments/sn74hc74dr/ic-d-type-flip-flop-dual-soic-14/dp/1163695.......
and also the link you gave shows different negative ion generator from which you used in the project......or is it the same
Please reply fast
batonas6 months ago
negative ion generator makes similar charge as van de graaf generator?
carmel17 months ago
Hey ,i have a doubt.Is it possible to create this from a mosquito bat??

Cuz it saves time right?...
Maratius8 months ago
Hello! I gathered from this device: http://www.amazing1.com/products/negative-ion-generator-12vdc-input-20kv-output.html When I touch the red wire of the shock hit me. So it should be? Thank you.
olao999 months ago
Hello, I'm trying to build this, but I can't find a negative Ion generator.

How much does the output of the Ion generator have to be?
I've found some at ebay that output from 7.5 kv to 9.5 kv
Would those work? Or do I need one that outputs 20kv as in this one: http://www.amazing1.com/products/negative-ion-generator-12vdc-input-20kv-output.html
NightHawkInLight (author)  olao999 months ago
It's not the output voltage that matters as much as how the generator works. Some produce ions differently than others and will not work. The one you've linked to will work.
Destro200010 months ago
Would this work?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/anion-generator-for-clear-smoke-air-condition-DC12V-input-purifier-cleaner-DIY-/390589310924?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5af0efe7cc
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