Introduction: 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!

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Knowledge438 made it! (author)2017-05-07

Can I use a high voltage boost converter as a negative ion generator, because when I bought it, it said that it could be used like one

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NiklasV3 made it! (author)NiklasV32017-05-11

If you want to make your finger a tazer that tases you if you touch anything that leads electric currency, yes

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limpj21 made it! (author)2017-01-02

Hi, i built this and it was working great. However, when i would go to turn it off it would shock me and end up hurting pretty badly. The peculiar thing is, when I would get my friend to turn it off it wouldn't shock him. Any answers?

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It is probably a jump from your hand to the circuitry.

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BoltBlade made it! (author)2017-01-19

How long does the battery last?

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MarkM574 made it! (author)2016-12-23

Any chance I could contact you privately, maybe email, about an idea?

Thanks

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MarkM574 made it! (author)MarkM5742016-12-23

My email: itcmark@gmail.com

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nichet raj made it! (author)2016-08-17

kindly suggest some project for eee final year

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CaravanasE made it! (author)2016-08-02

Hello! I want to make that same project and ive already ordered the ion negative generator but the -30kv instead the 20 kv that you use ... Just wanted to make sure if it will still work and is it gonna be stronger as i think? What do you think? Kindest regards for the project!
P.s. i bought the "power expert electrical touch" from ebay and its not working! For any1 else who wants to buy it.
Cheers

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PointlessUsernames made it! (author)2016-03-09

Hello all! Im new to making electrical stuff, and i need a bit of help here. I connect the ground wire of the battery to the two white output wires, and then down to my shoe. The red wire is connected to my leg as shown in the video. However, while testing this with sand nothing happens. approaching the ground output while having the red output on my arm to the sand does create a darude sandstorm. Also, when touching my dog with the ground wire, he seems quite unimpressed ( i dont think it works). Any help? Sorry if i havent been clear.

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Garagebrand made it! (author)Garagebrand2016-06-28

Hi, the only advice I can suggest is to make sure that the groundwire is firmly grounded, the floor should be conductive (tile or cement but not wood). The location of the wire on your body will not have much influence. You are making a circuit in this order (battery to negative ion generator to ground to person/sand surface to fingertip to body contact pad to negative ion generator to battery) so make sure that you are not in contact with the ground wire! I discovered that mine was routing through my foot! Hope this helps.

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PointlessUsernames made it! (author)PointlessUsernames2016-07-10

I think that might have been the problem. Thanks!

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mrmolamola made it! (author)2016-07-07

what if I were to put really sensitive electrode, like the one they put on people's heads when monitoring brainwaves on some muscle that can be consciously controlled and serves no purpose or a finger, and than the switch would also be removed and replaced with something like a transistor and the wire from the electrode would be attached to the base pin so that when I flexed my finger it would turn it on.

Would this work? Also, does this shock stuff that isn't grounded I.E bugs?

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Garagebrand made it! (author)2016-06-28

Just made one! 20kv is more than sufficient. Lots of fun too. I've already shocked 10 friends and family members. For those who want to build one, remember that you get shocked everytime too!

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FinalPiggy4 made it! (author)2016-05-26

Also would he hurt himself.

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FinalPiggy4 made it! (author)2016-05-26

Hey is this dangerous for a 12 year old to use on his friends. Would he hurt them.

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HenryG21 made it! (author)2016-01-17

I made one with a 12vdc -30k output NI Generator. May have killed a few fish on accident. It hurts man!

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Huskeyattack made it! (author)Huskeyattack2016-04-23

Just wondering, how much pain you feel when shocking things? Is it painful, or just uncomfortable. I'm thinking about getting a -30k generator too and wanted to know if I would even be able to use it.

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SimonH55 made it! (author)SimonH552016-01-21

Is it dangerous to touch water or metal or something with this device connected to you? How about computers or other eletrical objects?

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KamilM15 made it! (author)2016-04-05

is it worth buying the more expensive generator? The ones from ebay have a 4kv output and the expensive one has a 20kv out. Is it worth it?

Please Answer

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PatrickA11 made it! (author)2015-09-05

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.

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KamilM15 made it! (author)KamilM152016-04-02

wait when you said way too much do you mean price wise or more powerful?

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Nestorizer007 made it! (author)Nestorizer0072015-12-30

Pls send me how to installing this device on picturs.benkibane@gmail.com

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SimonH55 made it! (author)SimonH552016-01-21

Have you gotten a e-mail from him? Could you please send it to me aswell?

simon_2k@hotmail.com

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SimonH55 made it! (author)SimonH552016-01-21

Hey! I'm trying to build this device using the original generator shown in the movie. Could you send me a email in how to install it?

And witch wires should I use?

Send it on simon_2k@hotmail.com

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genejohnsonIII made it! (author)2015-07-05

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.

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Alderin made it! (author)Alderin2016-03-08

For little projects like this you can find a $10 soldering iron. Won't be powerful or likely last though a hundred projects, but it'll get the job done short-term. I have also successfully soldered together one pair of wires with just solder and a lighter, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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palombo5050 made it! (author)palombo50502016-03-08

you can just buy a cheap razer off the Internet

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palombo5050 made it! (author)palombo50502016-03-08

dang auto correct. .. tazer not razor

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DarrylD7 made it! (author)2016-03-07

very informative video, questions and answers everyone. However, I'm trying to make something that would energize a small pad. Aproximately 1/2 ×2inches not to create a static shock but rather to attract something like a thin plastic film like serran wrap. Any suggestions or thoughts would be grately appreciated thanks.

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Jcooldc made it! (author)2016-02-03

My son and I have been working on this for some time but cant seems to get it working. We are using inonizer on the picture. Please help. This is for his school project

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IamSivy. made it! (author)IamSivy.2016-02-13

I used the same ionizer in the photo and mine seems to work fine for this project

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BrandøB made it! (author)2016-01-29

Hey Night, PM me plz i want to ask about a static gun

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shubhamk59 made it! (author)2016-01-24

how do i insulate the wires? i cannot get heat shrink tubings . can i use eletrical tape? also whats the logic behind grounding ourself? does that mean the person u want to shock must not be wearing shoes coz the rubber might insulate them<sorry for the dumb questions but i seriously cannot figure it out>

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WyattB2 made it! (author)2015-11-10

Question I have a heart condition where i have a extra heart beat do i have anything to worry about with this

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HenryG21 made it! (author)HenryG212016-01-17

Not any more than someone with a normal heartbeat

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MaxM56 made it! (author)2015-11-30

The generator I found has two white wires... How would that work?

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Chris.1 made it! (author)2015-10-13

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.

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Chris.1 made it! (author)2015-10-04

*2

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wyattwic made it! (author)2015-08-14

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.

http://secure.oatleyelectronics.com/product_info.php?products_id=915

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friscobrad made it! (author)2015-07-14

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.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.

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Zaalro made it! (author)2015-07-11

*much

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Zaalro made it! (author)2015-07-11

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?

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Dawson027 made it! (author)2015-04-09

You could probably increase the power transfer efficiency by using EKG or tens unit pads, instead of the aluminum sheet and duct tape.

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arduinoboy886 made it! (author)2015-02-06

7 kv, sorry

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arduinoboy886 made it! (author)2015-02-06

Would a 7 of negetive ion generator work?

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BadPuns made it! (author)2013-11-29

Does it sting when you shock something? Also what happens if you don't ground yourself? Thanks.

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NightHawkInLight made it! (author)NightHawkInLight2013-11-29

Yes, it shock you whenever you shock anything else. If you don't ground yourself you won't be able to shock anything.

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CloseTheDoorPLEASE made it! (author)CloseTheDoorPLEASE2015-02-05

would it hurt less if i ground very well? maybe like in water? im trying to not get shocked while enjoying shocking my friends

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smtgr14 made it! (author)smtgr142014-02-03

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.

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