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Kodak "Cattle Prod"

I previously had a slideshow showing my Kodak "Cattle Prod". And, well, here are the instructions on how to make your very own Kodak Cattle Prod.

PLEASE!!! Do not shock people with this device without consent. You never know who has a pacemaker.

I am trying out a new method to make my instructables "less confusing". I am listing every little step as a separate step, instead of combining them all. Please let me know how you like this method, or if I should use my old method.

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And If you have trouble understanding the camera modification, or for reference, refer to this tazer instructable.
 
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Step 1: What You Need

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You need the following:
- Kodak Camera (do not use black and white)
- PVC Tube, whatever length and width you choose (I used 2")
- Right Angle PVC Thing, I don't really know the name, but it is pictured below
- Wire
- Soldering Iron
- Solder
- Bump Switch, which I stole from a mouse
- Cardboard
- Leatherman (or scissors)
- Pen
- Hot Glue Gun w/Glue (not pictured)
- Altoid Tin (or project box)
- Duct Tape (if you are using a tin)

Step 2: Insulate Your Altoid Tin

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In order for the charge not to reach the metal case, you need to insulate it with duct tape. Take strips of duct tape and line the bottom and top.

Step 3: Poke Two Holes In Your Tin

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You need to poke holes in the tin for the wires to exit. Make one in the bottom and side (in the front of the can) with a knife (not recommended), or a drill (recommended). Make them big enough for two wires to fit easily through them.

Step 5: Remove The Shell From The Camera

Pop off all the little latches on the outside of the camera and remove the outside shell. Remove the battery. Remove any charge in the capacitor by touching the two ends of the capacitor with a knife or screwdriver.
Like omaramr I would like to know about the battery. Does it need one? And thanks to John Mitchel, I have another question,(questions actually) ... Would the attachment to the flash part work? And what part will light up to show it is charged?
And (again) isn't there some part of the camera that already has a push switch? Or what is a push switch?

Thanks for any answers you can give, it IS a nice instructable and I want to make one for my daughter for when she goes hiking or bike riding. Too many wild dogs in her area.

Chrystalkay
omaramr3 years ago
does this work without a battery or what because i saw other tasers not cattle prods that work with a battery.
but it is really good, nice one
Great Instrucable, thinking about making it into some kind of can lol :P. Question tho, What gauge of wire did you use?
would a capacitor from a old computer PSU work? it would give a slightly larger shock lol
Island-itis4 years ago
I'm looking for something like this as a dog-zapper, to deter the many aggressive dogs roaming the streets, when my wife walks.  Just want a short tube that can be switched on and off easily on the handle while walking.  Don't want anything that looks like a gun : ))  Would this do the job or is there another design more suitable?
The circuit should work fine for a dog deterrent. Just don't use the tube handle. The Altoids tin houses all the crucial pieces. All you need to do is to add ducked tape on the outside and move the long wires there. I would also recommend not using a bump switch. It is fine for the cattle prod, but could be pressed accidentally in a bag or pocket. Try using a toggle switch. Also don't assume that just because it sparked once the capacitor is fully discharged. Touch it to a metal object a couple of times to make sure. These things hurt quite a bit if you get shocked so be careful!
pyroal4 years ago
if i make one i would wire three capacitors and test it to see how mush shock its packing.
Iridium74 years ago
 I have that same soldering Iron! btw if you make the tube long enough you can have quite a bit of room to run.
mbuc916 years ago
I went to the WalMart photo dev desk and asked for some, saying it was for a school project. I walked out with two garbage bags full of used cameras, all with flash circuits.
Gjdj3 mbuc916 years ago
Haha. I love "school projects." You can get the coolest stuff with those 2 words.
i love  them too now to go to the chemical store and try and use that excuse
amen to that
everytime i go they always ask why and just give me 5-10 : ( i need to go to your WalMart
junits15 mbuc915 years ago
DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WISH I HAD KNOWN THAT BEFORE I SPENT 20 BUCKS ON STUF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Trace II mbuc916 years ago
I knew they were easy to get, but not that easy
bdblock945 years ago
he ow
JohnMichael5 years ago
This is a good start. I have a few thoughts, if you decide to make another... Step 1: The "right angle PVC thing" is a 90' elbow. I believe 45' elbows are also available. Step 4: Why not paint the tin and PVC all the same color? It might give it a cleaner look. Step 7: What is the purpose of lengthening the connections to the capacitor? Step 11: Why connect the wires to the capacitor connections rather than the flash connections? It might also help to remove the flash as it may draw some of the charge away from your wires to the other end. If you added a switch connected to the trigger for the flash then you would have more control over when it discharges. Though if you want it to simply discharge on contact then the way you have it is good. Step 17: You might get a cleaner look if you ran the wires to the switch inside the PVC, though that might make it more difficult to put together. You might also consider moving the light that indicates when it is charged somewhere you can see it. Step 18 - 20: Have you considered using a PVC end cap and PVC cement rather than cardboard and hot-glue? I have been considering building something similar. Your instructable has helped me figure out some of the details. Thanks for sharing.
Derin5 years ago
Was your old username EthanGibson?Because that's the name in the notes.
Doctor What (author)  Derin5 years ago
Yeah, I changed it about a year ago. I figured it would be a little more creative than just my name.
PugFreek5 years ago
I got a whole bunch of McDonalds stuff with those 2 words, school project
i have the same battery powered soldering iron as you!
go to walmart and ask them for the cameras thats bin processed
you have an owie lol
Doctor What (author)  darth acexxacer6 years ago
sliced my thumb with my leatherman... But it's all better now!
It turned me into a newt
Doctor What (author)  corey_caffeine5 years ago
"Well, I got better..."
caeleybug16 years ago
nice yet, painful
Doctor What (author)  caeleybug16 years ago
Just try not to shock yourself. It hurts. Bad. But not bad enough to deter me.
skunkbait6 years ago
Dude I disgovered the "shocking" nature of those cameras the hard way. (All I wanted was the battery!) I suspected you could make a stun gun out of them, and you've done a great job of showing just how to do it.
Doctor What (author)  skunkbait6 years ago
Lots of people have made them before. I just put it into a piece of pvc.
sabre6 years ago
you should run a couple of charged wires up and down the outsides of your pvc pipe "barrel".
nice instructable, iv just finished a telescopic tazer thats realy simple, im gona post it now
Kaiven6 years ago
great thing to use with my instructable
Doctor What (author)  Kaiven6 years ago
OH. $#!T. I forgot to put a link of a kodak tazer instructable in my ible. Hold on.
Doctor What (author)  Doctor What6 years ago
Ok. Done.
thanks for adding a link to my instructable!


Jake-off6 years ago
HAHA, well hot damn, you final got an Instructable up for this. great job
reedzilla6 years ago
nicely done...I like this method you used for making the instructable; it's a bit easier to follow step by step how long does the camera usually last? quite a few shocks?
Doctor What (author)  reedzilla6 years ago
My first one is still working, and I've shocked metal too many times to count. It will eventually give up the ghost, but it should be easy to replace. If it does fail, you could try stealing a capacitor from another camera, and switching them out.
Whaleman6 years ago
Yay! Now all I need to do is get myself a disposable camera!
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