Introduction: 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:

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: Search for SW-750) UPDATE: It seems that source of ion generators has been depleted. Here is a new one:

Automotive Power Converter (Cheapest here: 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

Soldering Iron
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:
That article is based off of the information provided in this even older article:

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.


fozzy13 (author)2012-06-28

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:

NgC1 (author)fozzy132015-06-30

Erm.... May I ask what do you mean 12v car outlet? What is it actually?

NightHawkInLight (author)fozzy132012-06-28

No, unfortunately those work differently, and cannot be used to build static in your body. I tried it.

fozzy13 (author)NightHawkInLight2012-06-28

How disappointing : (
I'm glad you tried it first though to save the trouble. Great project!

NightHawkInLight (author)fozzy132012-06-28

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.

Flameofglory (author)2014-04-17

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!

syntheticsound (author)2012-08-02

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.

eamonm8 (author)2017-06-08

Nighthawk, Ive seen your latest video on youtube with the usb conversion. My question, is there anyway so this to work without strapping your foot even at a much lower static output?

johnchen40904 (author)2017-05-04

Can I do the same thing(like storing static electricity in my body and shock someone)but using a Van De Graaff Generator?Just wondering...

JoanG52 (author)2017-01-30

Hey I'm doing it for a school work but I can not understand why there is a ground wire and what it is for! Can you explain me a bit please...

charlieL32 (author)2016-05-04


blueMechanic (author)2016-01-14

Hi, I don't see where the negative ion generator is connected could you give me some advice, please?

INeedThisForABook (author)2016-01-10

I came across this while trying to figure out how to work out the climax of my book. It will involve generating a large amount of electricity in a relatively small space (probably some sort of underground cavern) to cause a sudden surge. I am not handy with stuff like this, so I don't know: would it be possible to build a device like this to cause that sort of effect? How large/what sort of materials would be involved in constructing it if it were possible?

wjbeaty (author)Almarind2014-05-31

Yes, that works much better, because all you need is a single 9V battery. Find others cheaper on eBay, like $5, search on keywords: 12VDC anion -car.

This whole instructable is because Electronics Goldmine doesn't sell the DC-powered ionizer modules like they did in 1999. This uses a Seawise 120VAC ionizer module and a line-volts inverter. But now some Chinese company is selling the 12VDC ionizers again. I tested one and they actually put out 7,500VDC, not 5.5 as it says on the label. Cut off one white wire, since they're both the -HV outputs. Use a 9V batt plus two AAAs in series for the full 12V, if you want the full 7.5KV output and not somewhat lower. But 9V alone works very well. You can build it into your shoes: Pika-shoes! see

shubhamk59 (author)wjbeaty2016-01-10

Hello. Since u seem to be the goto guy on the forum. I have a question. I got the same generator with two white wires with feather like ends. I got the ends off to reveal the wire inside. Then I joined both the whites to one. When I use the ground wire made by connecting a separate wire to the power terminal, arcs form between the output and this wire but when I stand with the setup. There isn't any static generated /visible on my finger. What do I do.? Can I like pour water on the surface and stand to shock anyone I touch? One more thing. Is it okay if I don't insulate the wires with heat shrink and use insulation tape /electrical tape instead.?.... Thanks alot.

Mike bell (author)wjbeaty2014-08-04

I have the same one I cut off one white wire and wired the battery directly as you suggested but it arch's at the battery post instead? Any help with this problem

Mike bell (author)Almarind2014-08-04

was you ever able to get your to work? I have the same one could you email me a wiring diagram if you could?

PatrickA11 (author)2015-08-20

I'm using the 4-6kv ebay generator for mine will post pics and how well it works

friscobrad made it! (author)2015-07-08

I came across a small ion gen that plugged into a usb port, its total size was smaller then an thumb drive. I scavanged the ion gen which turned out to be a whopping 3v's. I didn't mind the smaller voltage because the parts were FREE, and I wanted to start with an smaller version. I was curious if pads from a tens unit or defibrillator would work better then the sanded aluminum? Thanks so much for the great video. It is made very well and was quite easy to follow! Two thumbs up!

Pretty much anything will work that provides electrical contact. Just don't shock yourself with the defibrillator when you take it apart!

I was curious the 20Kv ion gen is around $40. I have found many others in various voltage inputs(pretty much what ever) and outputs from 7.5Kv up to 15Kv for less then $5 a piece delivered. Could I use a lower output module along with a step up transformer to up the output voltage? What is the maximum output voltage should I stay under? If using a step up wont work, is it possible to wire two, three or even more ion gens modules together? Separate power supplies for each module? If more then one modules are being used continuously, is one contact for the body enough or should there be one for each module? Any other ideas that will help? Thanks again for all your wonderfully made videos. They are done really well!

Zaalro (author)2015-07-07

Nvm sorry I found the my answer in the comments of the DC version of the project, really cool btw :P

Zaalro (author)2015-07-06

Hi I'm kind of new to this but I've been watching your videos for a long time and really wanted to try this one so I ordered a negative ion generator online and the one that came has the red and black wires but for the output it has two white wires with weird paintbrush-like tips. Can I get a little help?

NgC1 (author)2015-06-30

Hi, I'm interested in this experiment and wanted to try it on the science fair, but I couldn't find the negative ion generator in my city and I'm out of time, can't wait for a week, so can I replace the generator with anything?

NightHawkInLight (author)NgC12015-06-30

It cant's be replaced with anything I know of.

NgC1 (author)2015-06-30

Hi, I'm trying to make this experiment but I find out that the negative ion generator is not selling in my city, I'm out of time and couldn't buy it online so could I replace it with anything else?

NgC1 (author)2015-06-30

Hi, I'm trying to make this experiment but I find out that the negative ion generator is not selling in my city, I'm out of time and couldn't buy it online so could I replace it with anything else?

Purple_Matter (author)2015-05-06

Would it it be possible to raise your hair with a gadget like this?,( I would really like to be able to go super saiyan.)

misterm.bendersquared (author)2015-04-09

Could this setup also be used to:

- Raise fibers on a wig, worn by the user of the device

- Cause static cling for the user, provided fabrics are receptive to it

- Cause static cling on a 2nd person, provided the person wasn't grounded?

RobertM16 (author)2015-02-12

Could one use static electicity to produce heat?

grandpaben (author)2015-02-12

Hi was going to make one with an ioniser I have then realised it was AC !

So tried to get a DC one from your link

and it comes up with a flip flop ??

SN74HC74DR SMD D-Type Flip-Flop
EtienneR1 (author)2014-11-15

does anyone know where i can buy one of these pre-made

surenarora (author)EtienneR12015-01-24

did you get any reply as to where to get this pre made, if yes, share the information with me please

PeterV5 (author)2015-01-15

How are of a distance would you say a person can induce static from there body when make this device ?

AbinN (author)2014-12-02

is this dangerous in any way. since you are using a 12v to 120 v converter?

also will it hurt when shocking someone or something.

SmartAkshay (author)2014-11-30

Help Me i bought above DC Negative Ionizer.

Will it work, at one end there is feather like wire.

JezreelM (author)2014-10-22

Hey NightHawkinLight I really like the static electricity generator you made, but I don't have the necessary tools to make it. so are you willing making to make one for me, for a price?

JezreelM (author)JezreelM2014-10-22

I meant the static electricitiy generator you made after this one that is

jasperk2 (author)2014-09-13

how can u decrease the voltage?

jasperk2 (author)2014-09-13

how can u decrease the voltage?

Mike bell made it! (author)2014-08-05

I made one but it sparks at the battery post! The one I bought has the red and black then two white wires both HV could anyone that has used anything like a JP-D1221 could you send me a wiring diagram

Sp1k33 (author)2014-05-30


Thanks for the video, and the instructable.
I have a problem, and I need help. I have bought the generator, made it like in the video. When the two wire approching, a spark goes through the air, so it works. But when I attach it to my leg, and the ground wire under my shoes, nothing happens. I tried to touch metals, tried to move light objects like paper, or sand, but didn't work. Please help me!

NightHawkInLight (author)Sp1k332014-05-30

You need to be on at least partially conductive ground. It won't work on wood floors or carpet. Try pavement or dirt.

compton5055 (author)2014-04-09

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

compton5055 (author)2014-04-09

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

output:DC9v 1000mA

switching power supply?

harry88 (author)2014-03-09

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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