Introduction: Make a T.A.S.E.R. Out of a Candle Lighter!

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make a "taser" on the cheap using a Piezoelectric igniter from a candle lighter.

Candle lighter
Project box
Electrical tape
Hot Glue

Dremel (rotary tool)
Soldering iron

Note: I understand that this isn't a real Taser, or stun gun for that matter. It puts out around 10,000 volts, but with an unreasonably low amperage; too low to harm someone. You can feel it but the pain it inflicts is minor. This project was made just for fun, and isn't meant for self defense.

here are some videos of me messing with my piezoelectric "taser"
Vid 1
Vid 2

Step 1: Dissassemble the Lighter

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1: Start by taking the black collar off of the neck of the lighter

Step 2: Crack Her Open.

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You can unscrew and pry apart the case, but i just torqued the metal tube against the plastic handle, it opened the lighter right up, without breaking the components.

Step 3: Remove the Plumbing.

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Pull the plastic inner-tube out of the metal outer-tube and use your fingers to pry it open. The clear plastic tube pipes the butane to the tip, and the wire connected to to the tip creates a spark with the outer-tube.

Step 4: Remove Butane Tank

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Gently pull the tank out, the gas will be released if the metal valve at the top is pulled upward, away from the tank.. Remove plastic triggers while you're at it.

Step 5: Remove the Piezoelectric Igniter

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All you need to do is pull the small black rectangle with the wire attached out, it will be easier if you cleared the trigger out.

Step 6: Project Box

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Find a decent project box, not made of metal. I used an Icebreaker's sour gun case for mine. Dremel a square for the piezoelectric igniter's button, and drill two holes for electrodes.

Step 7: Electrodes!

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For the electrodes I used nails that i cut down to size and dulled with a cutoff wheel. They are about 1.2 cm long. In order to connect the electrodes you'll have to make a second wire from the piezoelectric igniter. on the piezoelectric igniter the brass end is the other electrode, so tape the flat piece of metal that origionally acted as it's contact in the lighter to the brass end.


The Piezoelectric is heat sensitive. I found out the had way that heating it with your soldering iron will break the piezoelectric igniter.

you can, and should, solder the wire and metal strip to separate electrodes.
Tape the contact metal and electrodes. Leave half a centimeter of each electrode untaped.

Step 8: Assemble and Glue.

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Insert the electrodes through their respective holes.

Mix up a small amount of epoxy and put all of it on the bottom of the piezoelectric igniter. Place the piezoelectric igniter on the bottom of the project box with enough sticking out of the square hole to be pushed inward and click, creating a spark.

Spread the inner wires as far as possible; the spark will find gaps in your tape job if the wires are too close. Spread hot glue on the innards, holding the electrodes in place and insulating the rest.

Let the glues curate and go shock someone (you can also put the candy back!).
The shock isn't strong enough to incapacitate someone, but it does hurt somewhat; especially if the contacts aren't touching the skin. You can use the "taser" to light the butane from the tank in your dismantled lighter.


GorillazMiko (author)2007-12-05

ahhhh very cool. i think me and my friend will do this. (favorited)

GoWolves11 (author)GorillazMiko2017-05-11

Tried getting piezo out of a bic lighter and failed miserably.

newmyCF (author)GoWolves112017-06-08

I'm not sure if you're joking. If you're joking, props. There's not a piezo unit in these types of lighters (they use a flint not an arc). You need a BBQ stick lighter (99 cent stores have them). The 'click' you hear when you press the trigger is the piezo unit which is a self-contained spring and hammer with the PZT crystal.

nutsandbolts_64 (author)2010-07-04

I remember me and my friend once joking about sticking a piezoelectric thing to a capacitor. Now that will hurt! Plus it would be possible for it to called a stun gun for self-defense, but I advise testing it first before actually go on a shocking spree lol.

lol, also try wiring this to a mouse, so when a guy clicks he'll get a surprise...

Colonel88 (author)2009-09-12

PLEASE this isn't a freakin taser. Taser shoots out a plug and shocks the person s obad hes paralyzed for like 10 seconds. this isn't a taser. It's just a shocker so don't call it taser.

arzarach (author)Colonel882009-12-29

taser doesn't have to shoot two electrodes (prongs)

DrStoooopid (author)2007-12-31

the voltages generated by a piezoelectric lighter aren't enough to offer any sort of protection that a 'tazer' would, and it's irresponsible for you to label it as such. Perhaps "shockbox" or "shock gag" or anything but "tazer" would've been appropriate.

fjkl; (author)DrStoooopid2009-10-09

chill out stoooopid, it is not irresponsible of him

Colonel88 (author)2009-09-13

Make a T.A.S.E.R. out of a Candle Lighter! Note: I understand that this isn't a real Taser, or stun gun for that matter. Suuuuuuureeee...

bleachworthy (author)2007-12-06

ok, that's it. this instructable was the last straw. I am so sick and goddamn tired of people calling anything that can jump a spark, a taser. so help me god, the next person I hear call something a taser, I'm getting a real taser, sticking them in the back of the legs with it, and I will meniacally laugh in the background as they die of heart failure. this is more of a stun gun than anything. a taser, fires two contacts out of the barrels, and stick to the subject. there is another type that uses beams of water, and I barely let that one fly. image 1, is a taser, image 2, is a stun gun.

Could use a water pistol to transfer 300v from the Kodak camera .

ve2vfd (author)bleachworthy2007-12-06

"Don't taser me bro! Don't taser me bro!" :) Sorry, I just had to :-)

tater killer (author)ve2vfd2007-12-31

its dont taze me bro

NarNar (author)tater killer2009-05-17

ACTUALLY it's "Don't tase me, bro!"

blubber (author)ve2vfd2008-02-28

hahaha classic

Pie_eata (author)bleachworthy2007-12-18

then why does image one say "Police Stungun" ?

drummonkey92 (author)Pie_eata2008-01-21


Taboo (author)drummonkey922008-06-30

Its a taser, people just have wrong labels, he is correct up there

ask someone with a little knowledge about them.

johndoe5595 (author)bleachworthy2008-03-21

hey, this guy probably worked hard on this and its not easy to make a taser, id like to see u make one, post it as soon as you. it has to meat your standards of being a real taser. good luck

bleachworthy (author)johndoe55952008-03-21

Probably; that is the key word here. And with the proper machining tools (lathe and any milling machine) I could easily make one that fires the contacts, being powered by a simple disposable camera. Also, how is dismantling a barbecue starter hard work?

I have a cat named Taser. He has been used (effectively) for home defence in the past...

yeah, well, there's also a boat called a taser.

lol, that's a bit different.

JFStan (author)bleachworthy2007-12-06

I hear ya, bleachworthy, it bugs me too. Also, Tasers do not TASE. It's not a verb; Taser is a brand name.

trf (author)2009-08-07

Does this thing hold a charge once pressed or does it have to be on the skin when pressed?

deaniscoolproductions (author)2009-06-10

does it shock you

and7barton (author)2009-04-03

NONE of the featured "TASERS" are capable of anything like a proper Taser would do - like giving out continuous crackling spark. For this you need an induction coil, capacitor, battery and interrupter. I've built Tesla Coils, capable of giving out three-foot long continuous arcs, but they have all be enormous in size and floor-standing. Surely some genius on here can come up with a proper Taser design ?

urbosssez (author)2008-10-18

yeah this actually hurts a bit the only problem is that piezo igniters dont give out a continuous shock it'll only give it for a split second so u can actually cause muscle spasms and whatnot

shocking (author)2008-10-17

hey if u got like 5 of theses and attached all the wires to screws that would make it 50,000 volts ae? also does it hold da bold like a real taser or does it have a capasitator?

Noodle god (author)2008-09-07

put your tounge on a 9 volt battery thats how powerful this is.

pyro13 (author)2007-12-06

Gr. This is NOT a tazer. This does not give off enough voltage to even cause a muscle spasm. Completely useless as a tazer, but it does make a nice electric igniter.

112251919112 (author)pyro132008-08-18

u try make a tazer that gives off 50,000vlts! its closer than rubbing ur feet on a carpet.

Ora (author)pyro132007-12-06

I agree this is not a taser, but if you place the leads correctly on a muscle, you can get a small spasm. It works on the large muscle below my thumb on the pal of my hand, and my tongue.

sir john x1 (author)2008-07-14

ooohh da bomb!

Taboo (author)2008-06-30

Arrg, its already here. i made the same thing, well idea. Its like a foot and a half long thhough of reach :D ima post it anyway and list that i got the idea/inspiration from you, you good with that?

blugyblug (author)2008-04-03

"Note: I understand that this isn't a real Taser, or stun gun for that matter. It puts out around 10,000 volts, but with an unreasonably low amperage; too low to harm someone. You can feel it but the pain it inflicts is minor. This project was made just for fun, and isn't meant for self defense."

uniboob tom (author)blugyblug2008-06-29

For real guys just read the entire thing

nightcreep20 (author)2008-06-03

no he actually has it right

duck-lemon (author)2008-04-07

hey awesome! +1

the antichrist (author)2008-04-02

this is quite possibly the farthest thing from a taser!WOW!GOOD JOB!

skok (author)2008-03-15

Good call! One of my pet peeves, as well. . .

nkk07 (author)2008-01-07

you could make a bomb with this stuff its got butane and stuff and it makes a flame in da first place.

maker12 (author)2007-12-24

"doint tase me bro" LOL!

HeWantsRevenge (author)2007-12-18

mouse taser?hehe...good instruction...better then alot of them here where u jus tear a camera apart and ur done

!Andrew_Modder! (author)2007-12-06

that is a cool idea, but im sick and tiard of people who call anything that makes a shock, a taser, thos igniter's from the lighter dont even hurt at all. If some1 used that on me, i would not be able to feel it at all! BTW: Thos only give off around 50v (of a very small weak shock), and a real taser gives off mainly around 50,000v but there are ones i just googled that give off 775,000 volts!!!.. .. this would not 'tase' anyone :-(

gamer (author)2007-12-06

icebreaker sours gun case. i wonder what that looks like. haha. many simmular things have been done before.

makerust (author)2007-12-05

no, the lighter was flimsy and couldn't be sealed well while retaining the ability to open it up. th box I used stays shut, but can be opened if additional tinkering is required. Also if you let the spark ark to you, then it does hurt , but not as much as a conventional taser, true

robertm (author)2007-12-05

ya i do this all the time with empty lighters. it doesnt hurt at all but it can startle someone the first time you getthem.

theRIAA (author)2007-12-05

seems like the lighter itself would have made a better project box, and aren't these those sparkers you can barely feel?

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