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This tutorial will show you how to make a coil gun. I WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE IF YOU HURT OR KILL YOURSELF! This coil gun does work but is VERY weak. It does shoot, but not very far ( 2-3 ft). I mainly made it to see if the charging circuit works.

PARTS: 
1 disposable camera- you can get them from places that develop pictures. I used a FUJIFILMS camera.
enamel-coated magnet wire. I used 22-gauge wire.
1 momentary push-button from Radioshack
1 DPDT  Toggle switch from Radioshack
some tape - I used scotch tape.
wires.
AA battery holder ( the one that holds 2 batteries )
BIC pen

TOOLS:
soldering iron
solder
flat head screwdriver with a plastic handle
wire strippers




 
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Step 1: Taking apart the camera.

1st- Take the wrapper off of the camera.
2nd- Remove the battery.
3rd-Open up the camera. This is where the screwdriver can come in handy. * ONCE OPEN DO NOT TOUCH THE CAPACITOR ( the thing that looks like a battery)*
4th- Touch  the metal end of the screwdriver to the 2 leads of the capacitor. If you don't know where to touch it look in the pics. This will create a large spark.
5th-Remove the circuit from the camera housing

lpetersen23 months ago
I also plan to make a coilgun like this but mine will be 800v and portable.Oh and is a 800v coilgun powerful enough?
I really like your coilgun! Maybe you consider to make it more powerful. I have also made a coilgun for a science project and I have done a lot of measurings. The best is to make 1000 windings (100windings each layer, about 10 layers.. That's a lot i know :P) and you'll also need 5 flash capacitors. If you are interested, you can always check my coilgun: http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-How-to-make-a-coilgun-from-disposable-camera-/
try RimstarOrg's winding technique http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqdcU9ULAlA
Lowski861 year ago
Anyone know how to wire ten of these fuji chargers in parallel? How many volts from the batteries could it handle before it fried?
dlemke2 years ago
Why not use a power source other than batteries while in the R&D portion of the project to charge the cap/s? This could save a lot of dough on expensive batteries.....

Dan
Pyrofan (author)  dlemke2 years ago
i use cheap AA's get them off ebay. $10 for a big bag full
berkaysam2 years ago
hi i want make a coilgun but its must be more powerful than this.and must be simple.if u can help me what i use and how much use for example 680 UF 400 V like this. thank u.
Pyrofan (author)  berkaysam2 years ago
You should be able to remove the capacitor from the board and put the ones you have in there. Check some other instructables on here and they my be able to help you more. Take some pics and post them here please.
sanagol2 years ago
what those it shoot??
Pyrofan (author)  sanagol2 years ago
it shoots nails, small metal rods, wire scraps( pretty much any thing you can fit in the barrel thats metal )
liddleLOL2 years ago
I need help:

I am making a charging circuit for a coilgun, but i accidentally bought non polar caps. I was wondering if i could still use these with some sort of circuit adjustment, or if i need to purchase all new polarized caps? Can you help?
Pyrofan (author)  liddleLOL2 years ago
I think they would work if you wired them up in parallel but dont quote me on this. Try to ask some other people with instructables on coliguns.
thanks!
rephrase " I WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE IF YOU HURT OR KILL YOURSELF!" to "I WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE IN THE EVENT OF OF DEATH ON INJURY INVLOLVING THIS INSTRUCTABLE" that way people other then the person who got hurt cant sue you
MetaRidley23 years ago
Ummm... I am very very very new to this so what is the relay for?
Pyrofan (author)  MetaRidley23 years ago
I don't have a relay in this version. If your question is from Electroinnovation comment then the relay from what I understand is like a switch but can handle more amps.
On step 2, you said: Solder one wire to pin 3 and solder a new wire to pin 2. What pins are you talking about? the ones on the transformer???
Pyrofan (author)  Electronics Man3 years ago
If you are using the switch I am using. The pins on the bottom are numbered.
Oh ok that makes more sense. Thanks
MetaRidley23 years ago
Do all the capacitors(if you have more than one) have to be the same type and size?
Pyrofan (author)  MetaRidley23 years ago
hey sorry i couldn't reply earlier. I had my wisdom teeth removed. To answer your question i believe that only the voltage has to be the same but don't quote me on this.
ok thanks, i will keep that in mind...
I can't seem to find the point where you "Push a button or flip a switch", I'm cannibalizing a FujiFilm camera and I'm new to circutry. May I have some help?

Thank you for the execellent tutorial.
Pyrofan (author)  StartedBullet3 years ago
Thanks for the complement! There should be a button or switch that you push on the camera case to engage the flash. Once you find that button or switch find on the circuit board the place where that button or switch would be and solder a wire on to the metal leads after you remove the metal. If that doesn't work then tell me and will try to help you more by posting some pics or a video. I will be glad to help in any way possible. ( I also am VERY new to circuitry). If what I said works and you finish it please post some pics in the comments.
Hey Pyrofan, do you know how to create a repulsive magnetic force with diamagnetic materials? I was thinking you could rig up one such field behind the bullet triggering at the same time as the pulling coil, causing the bullet to be pushed in the same direction as pulled.
Pyrofan (author)  StartedBullet3 years ago
No, I don't. Maybe some other people might. Sorry
Hey no problem, thanks for responding.
Hey, I finished the main part. It doesn't have a charging switch ATM ( just one nasty shocker until then ). Just one question, does this thing eat single AA 1.5 volt batteries? Becuase I only got a single flash of the light from one of these batteries ( used ), it was used and I can't buy new ones atm.

Anyways.... Pics!

Pyrofan (author)  StartedBullet3 years ago
Looks good! To answer your question about the batteries. I got 1 shot with the battery that it comes with. I'm still using the new battery I put in it. It seems to be that the "cheap" batteries they come with don't last as long as a Energizer or a Duracell battery.
For some reason, there are copy images I can't get rid of, and I really wish there was an edit button for replies.
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.Unknown.3 years ago
Does the push button switch have any problem handling the current?
I doubt it that capacitor is pretty tiny (hence the 2-3 ft range) but once you start making huge capacitor banks thats when you should be using a relay instead of a simple push button.
You would still have to make sure the relay would handle the current!
Yeahh but even the smallest of relays are usually capable of 5A+ at 120v. I pulled one out of some stupid "as seen as tv" thing and found a 10A 240v relay and that one could be used in even the strongest of coilguns...But it never hurts to double check.
Pyrofan (author)  .Unknown.3 years ago
No but when I start to make a more powerful one I will need a relay according to some other people.
When I was reading, I skimmed over the first and second step and only read the "TOUCH THE CAPACITOR ( the thing that looks like a battery)*", It sounded really stupid until i went back and read it again............ :D
Pyrofan (author)  vbexpressrocker3 years ago
Haha I did the same thing when I was typing it up.