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!
<p>Question I have a heart condition where i have a extra heart beat do i have anything to worry about with this </p>
<p>ATTENTION: TO EVERY1 INTERESTED IN BUY THE STUFF!</p><p>Hello everybody! As first ive tried and i built the project already! Nothing can bring the satisfaction on Doing It Yourself as buying anything ... but i got to no other option so there it go! :) Ok, as i see that GREAT invention still brings public and id be happy to shar some of my research on the object:</p><p>I live in Spain, Malaga, and its not so easy to find that fast pieces and electronic goods as easy as in the US or Sout America f ex... SO, ive tried ebay and i found the smallest generator module, thaths been shared here(http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-12V-High-Output-DIY-Air.... The problem with that one is that it brings an output 4Kv-6Kv ... so it does make a spark as it gets near objects but its not strong enough for the project. <br>In the link in the description (<a href="http://www.amazing1.com/products/negative-ion-generator-12vdc-input-20kv-output.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazing1.com/products/negative-ion-generator-12vdc-input-20kv-output.html</a>) the module used is 20Kv, so it does works! the page were selling the 30Kv module at $89,95 like half an year ago, but the price lowered to the $49,95 as i see today :P So i kept searching for the module in Europe cause it ships fro the US and i found this!:</p><p><a href="http://www.52magic.com/2226_Power-Experts.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.52magic.com/2226_Power-Experts.html </a> = $39.90, i assume about 60 days arrival to spain :P ...</p><p>Or the other option:</p><p><a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/Electric-Touch-Power-Experts-magnetic-control-Mentalism-Magic-Tricks-Gimmicks-/111803946379" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.com/itm/Electric-Touch-Power-Exper...</a> = $42.94 20-30 days (ebay buy!)</p><p>P.S.: http://www.dhgate.com/product/wholesale-ultimate-h... i just found that one, im gonna browse a bit more, but i believe ive found my buy! :)</p><p>Cheers Instructables! And try the DIY before you buy it, 100% more satisfaction guaranteed! :)</p>
<p> I gust received the ion genorator that is really small can somone please tell me how to hook up 2 in series. The other one I ordered is coming tomorow.</p>
<p>The generators from ebay work really well if you want to shock people, but the one from the video, which I also made, should not be used to shock people because it way too much for this purpose.</p>
<p>I found something for those who want something a little less pricy in AU. It runs $14 USD. Its not as powerful as the one above, but its still good for what needs to be done.</p><p>http://secure.oatleyelectronics.com/product_info.php?products_id=915</p>
<p>hey guys! i bought the same generator that has Tlaci, with the both white wires ... and ive got all the wiring correctly ... but still cant manage to cast .... anything ... outa my fingers ... ive got it all well made, the ground wire stays on the floor just under my shoe and the other one im holding in my hand, so that way i should be able to cast something from my other hand i believe - no such thing hapens. But if i take the wire that should touch my body and bring it close to any metal piece it does make an effect, with a good arc even ... the problem is no electricity is runing through my body at all eventho it actually works ... help pls thanks</p>
<p>In a effort to keep said project low cost, I have several Ideas that I was hoping you could help me with. First off, I would love to buy the Ion Gen from the link you listed, but I am trying to keep it cheap. My first thought was using two Ion Gen modules that put put 10-15Kv, power them separately or independently?(I would assume separately would be better to both provide more useable current and run them one at a time) A simple wire diagram would help me to understand if you have the time to make one? A variety of facets come into play when using two modules, separate power switches? How to wire them up? How to introduce current to my body?(should all power switches be joined to make a super good connection, or would individual connections per module work better?). And lastly I was curious if I used a shorter connection from the Ion Gen to a closer part of my body instead of down my leg and into my sock? I do not understand why you choose the connection on your calf being as you are emitting the electricity through your finger tips? Thanks for all you video's. THanks</p><p>P.S. If you happen to have an used ion gen module that your no longer need or may be interested in selling let me know. thanks. </p>
Finally got it working, but the arc is very small and not at all consistent. I can feel amps leaking out of the wires I used so I'm pretty sure that's one of the main reasons, so someone suggested I get some coaxial cables to replace them and that sounded like a good idea but I have no idea where to get it or how min it would be, thoughts?
Does anyone have this for sale i dont have a soldering iron so i can't make it. I would pay the price of the materials and shipping costs.
<p>You could probably increase the power transfer efficiency by using EKG or tens unit pads, instead of the aluminum sheet and duct tape. </p>
7 kv, sorry
Would a 7 of negetive ion generator work?
Does it sting when you shock something? Also what happens if you don't ground yourself? Thanks.
Yes, it shock you whenever you shock anything else. If you don't ground yourself you won't be able to shock anything.
would it hurt less if i ground very well? maybe like in water? im trying to not get shocked while enjoying shocking my friends
<p>Protip:</p><p>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.</p><p>However a thimble with a wire is highly noticeable.</p>
With great power comes great electricity bill.
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?
<p>I got this generator: <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-12V-High-Output-DIY-Air-Ionizer-Ionizer-Airborne-Negative-Ion-Anion-Generator-/190953014708" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-12V-High-Output-DIY-Air...</a></p><p>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.</p>
<p>did you get yours up and running? and does it work?</p>
<p>I got it working... I've remade it a few times since then. The first few times I wired it wrong or it wasn't insulated properly. It works great! I brought it to school a few times and shocked all my friends. My physics teacher loved it. Now I have it in my dorm room for when people get annoying =P</p>
hello, i made one too and i think i wired it correctly. one question, does it shock u want you turn it on? im too pussy to try it on myself
<p>Could I use 18 gauge wire? it should be insulated enough to keep the charge constant. </p>
How can I add a ground wire?
<p>2:20 in the video...</p><p>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.</p>
<p>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).</p>
<p>4 months later yes that is right :D But i have made same think and isolated the wires well but i didn't get any spark on wood surface is it normal? Am i need to step onto zinc? What can i do can you help me out</p>
<p>Ground wire is either one of the battery wires. Compared to 7KV, both battery wires are at the same voltage!</p>
<p>does anyone know where i can buy a pre made one </p>
<p>does anyone know where i can buy a pre made one </p>
<p>I'm thinking of making this for halloween, and I just wanted to make sure few stuff.</p><p>What is the output after all? I'm thinking of using 4 AA batteries...</p><p>Also, is this safe? like, I wanna make it but I don't wanna die.. lol xD </p>
<p>just to be safe, I'd use a 9 volt battery</p>
<p>*UPDATE* I got the generator in the mail today (picture below) and its about the size of a 9 volt battery. I am going to put it together and try it out! Wish me luck!</p>
<p>Will it work on concrete?</p>
<p>It wouldn't work well since it's not super conductive. Grass would.</p>
<p>Just like <a href="http://www.instructables.com/member/kreiscal/" rel="nofollow">kreiscal</a>, I got the same generator <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-12V-High-Output-DIY-Air-Ionizer-Ionizer-Airborne-Negative-Ion-Anion-Generator-/190953014708" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-12V-High-Output-DIY-Air...</a> as he did. I've yet to receive it in the mail yet. I'm really excited to make one of these and I'll post pictures when I have made it.</p>
<p>is this version stronger in output then your previous?</p>
<p>Yes it is. Because in the other project you must turn your 12vdc to 220vac then give this power to generator. This will be hard to keep must of the energy. And this generator has more output than other generator. So this version is more economic and better i think.</p>
<p>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.</p>
Soldering it to the black battery output is fine.
<p>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.</p>
<p>The HV wire needs to be heavily insulated and fairly short. Try using &quot;test lead wire&quot; 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!</p><p>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.)</p>
Will this work? http://m.ebay.com/itm/121229646471 ---- <br>Pretty cheap
<p>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.</p>
<p>I finally got around to making one of these, and it is AMAZING! I was fortunate enough to find a rater cheap generator: <a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-12V-High-Output-DIY-Air-Ionizer-Ionizer-Airborne-Negative-Ion-Anion-Generator-/190953014708" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-12V-High-Output-DIY-Air...</a> </p><p>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 </p>
<p>can u hook up two -9kv generators in parrellel. cuz -9kv are $6.50 ea. -20kv run $40 ea....?</p>
<p>What did you put inside the pan to light it on fire? &lt;lighter fluid?</p>
<p>I wonder if i can use this cheap 12v car air ionizer:</p><p><a href="http://dx.com/p/mini-2-in-1-ozone-and-anion-car-oxygen-bar-black-137614" rel="nofollow">http://dx.com/p/mini-2-in-1-ozone-and-anion-car-oxygen-bar-black-137614</a></p><p>any experiences?</p>
<p>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. </p>

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