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Make a Static Electricity Generator & Cast Lightning from Your Fingertips

video Make a Static Electricity Generator & Cast Lightning from Your Fingertips
With great power comes...Something. I don't know. Probably not important.

As requested, this video is a re-make of my older project which utilized an AC powered ion generator. That older video can be seen here: http://youtu.be/EvspL4kMY54

The design I use in this video is much more versatile than my previous model, as the simple enclosure makes for quite a nice high voltage supply for a variety of projects when it's not strapped to my boot.

This is the generator I used (Yes, the one pictured is different than the one I received): http://www.amazing1.com/products/negative-ion-generator-12vdc-input-20kv-output.html

Leave me a comment to let me know what you think of this video, or any suggestions you have for future videos!
danno6292 months ago

I keep seeing people talk about ordering the generator with the two white wires on one side. I will probably do the same thing, but I was wondering if to make the ground I have to solder the ground wire to one of the battery terminals or to one of the actual connector wires. Can somebody please answer? Thanks.

NightHawkInLight (author)  danno6292 months ago
Soldering it to the black battery output is fine.

So soldering the HV-(Ground) wire to battery - terminal is okay? Then we don't need to put a wire to our shoes?

Tlaci183 months ago

I Made it, but it doestn't work. The cables generate sparks, but when I attached to my shoe, and to my body, nothing happens. I stepped on a pavement, no spark to the fence next to me. I stepped on the fence, and touched the other steel material, and it hit my finger a little bit, but that's all. Please help me.

wjbeaty Tlaci182 months ago

The HV wire needs to be heavily insulated and fairly short. Try using "test lead wire" for the HV conductor. It's best if it's not against your skin. Normal vinyl wire may leak all the microamps away through the plastic!

Also, the floor makes a difference. The ground shoe connection works better on humid days. Best is to stand outdoors in grass. Improve your grounding by covering your entire shoe bottom with adhesive aluminum foil (roll of hardware store duct-tape that's aluminum foil instead of silver-colored plastic.)

Tlaci186 months ago
Hy, thanks for this instructable :-) My question is, that i wanna buy this generator from ebay, cause its cheaper, and ships to my countrie. The generator on ebay has 4 wire (red, black and 2 big white). What should i do with one of the white wire?
kreiscal Tlaci183 months ago

I got this generator: http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-12V-High-Output-DIY-Air...

It seems to be the one you are talking about. I soldered both of the white wires together and then ran the wire from them to my ankle. You will have to add in a ground wire as he explains in the video, and you will run that to your shoe.

Tlaci18 kreiscal3 months ago
How can I add a ground wire?
wjbeaty Tlaci182 months ago

Ground wire is either one of the battery wires. Compared to 7KV, both battery wires are at the same voltage!

kreiscal Tlaci183 months ago

2:20 in the video...

When you solder the battery connector to the generator, add in the ground wire (needs to be long enough that it reaches the bottom of your foot) to the negative side.

Tlaci18 kreiscal3 months ago

Ohh, I think I see now :D So if I'm right, the wire that connects to the battery connector needs an Y shape (one the the generator and one to the ground).

The_Hacker8 months ago
Will this work? http://m.ebay.com/itm/121229646471 ----
Pretty cheap

It certainly will. I ordered this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-12V-High-Output-DIY-Air-Ionizer-Ionizer-Airborne-Negative-Ion-Anion-Generator-/190953014708 , and it worked perfectly.

kreiscal3 months ago

I finally got around to making one of these, and it is AMAZING! I was fortunate enough to find a rater cheap generator: http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-12V-High-Output-DIY-Air...

Something to think about! In my excitement to get everything put together, I grabbed the first switch I could find. DO NOT use a metal switch.... you WILL get shocked trying to turn it off =P

jperrillo4 months ago

can u hook up two -9kv generators in parrellel. cuz -9kv are $6.50 ea. -20kv run $40 ea....?

TheSeaDawg4 months ago

What did you put inside the pan to light it on fire? <lighter fluid?

harvie5 months ago

I wonder if i can use this cheap 12v car air ionizer:

http://dx.com/p/mini-2-in-1-ozone-and-anion-car-oxygen-bar-black-137614

any experiences?

biomedjake6 months ago

This is really cool. I have a question for you and would like your opinion. I own 3 pugs, and they shed like you wouldn't believe. I saw how the sand jumped to your hand. Do you think there would be any way to modify this so that loose pug hair would jump off the dog and stick to my hand? I guess I could wet my hand to make it sticky or something. I also realize that I would shock the dog if I got to close. Just a random thought that jumped into my head. Thanks for the video and the upcoming thoughts.

Tlaci186 months ago
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GpB31110 months ago
Good luck getting one of the negative ion generators. I ordered mine weeks ago and theyre still sending me emails telling me theyre on the way and will be shipped out soon. Ill be cancelling my order tomorrow and looking for another source since I think this is an interesting project, but information unlimited can suck a sloppy fat one.
smtgr14 GpB3116 months ago

odd, I ordered on last Wednesday and rec'd it 3 days later with no issues.

GpB311 smtgr146 months ago

Well, this is months later and the instructable is no longer new, so Im guessing that's why there is less demand and therefore faster service.

BadPuns9 months ago
Does it sting when you shock something? Also what happens if you don't ground yourself? Thanks.
NightHawkInLight (author)  BadPuns9 months ago
Yes, it shock you whenever you shock anything else. If you don't ground yourself you won't be able to shock anything.

Protip:

To prevent shocking yourself, wire the negative output to a thimble, add some insulation to the inside of said thimble and ground the circuit as normal. Now you can shock others will no feeling of the shock whatsoever.

However a thimble with a wire is highly noticeable.

enelson89 months ago
April fools day is going to be fun...
jweinstein jr11 months ago
Now teach me how to build the negative ion generator and I'll be happy.