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NES Zapper Outlet Switch

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In this Instructable I am going to show you how to put a remote control that enables radio sockets into a NES Zapper. As well as how to make a duck hunt lamp, to put it to good use.

This is a great way to safe energy, because believe me turning off electronic equipment has never been so much fun (not just for kids). Especially if the socket is normally hard to reach.

Don't worry, if you don't know anything about electronics, as long as you know how to solder you are fine.

Take a look at the video, to see it in "action". As you can see, I've added a small switch at the bottom of the handle, which turns the sockets on and the trigger can be used to turn them off again. It has a range of about 100 ft.

 
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Step 1: Stuff you need

Picture of Stuff you need
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Zapper

What you need:
Radio switch + remote control socket (I used this one, but it is only for European sockets. If you are looking for an US version, check out this one. I couldn't find an exact match, but taking a look at it, it might even be better, because you won't have to shorten it)
NES zapper (I found a broken one at a flea market, if you can't find one/ don't want to destroy a working one just use an other type of toy gun)
Litz wire
Solder
Sanding paper (high grid I used 1000)
Small push button switch
Flat diamond file
Tools
Hot glue gun
Soldering iron
Screw driver

Lamp

What you need:
Thick frame (I used "RIBBA" from Ikea, depending on what frame you use you might need spacers)
Green, white, black and orange vinyl
LED strips
paque acrylic plate according to your frame size (If you don't want to buy it you can also use vellum behind the original glass)
Tools
Hot glue gun
Screw driver
Ruler
(a cutting plotter is useful, but not necessary)
(depending on your LED strips you might need a soldering iron)
(certainly helpful are: a sticker squeegee and a spray bottle with soapy water)
ianmi1 year ago
very cool, would be better if the trigger turned the device on tho
rwhite37871 year ago
Would there be a way to attach a sound chip to make some of the Duck Hunt noises? Not super talented at this, so I'm just brainstorming. :)
I want every thing in your room
BrittLiv (author)  sleepydino111 year ago
Thank you! My next instructable is my clock, I hope you will like it, too.
When I watched the video I had the same idea as jdwaynes1980. I was thinking the gun could "shoot out" an IR signal at IR sensors on the fixtures.
megaduty1 year ago
Umm, tight-ness! I want your room!
BrittLiv (author)  megaduty1 year ago
Thank you, sure, as long as you bring your 3D printer ;-).
Game on :-)
I would love to have this but where you fire at a single light to turn it on, and fire again to turn it off. Such an awesome idea, thank you!
BrittLiv (author)  jdwaynes19801 year ago
Do you mean just one switch instead of two?
liila1 year ago
Wow, this is amazing! Did you make the Mario coin block lamp as well? Any chance you could make an Instructable?
BrittLiv (author)  liila1 year ago
I've updated it, I hope that helps.
liila BrittLiv1 year ago
Thank you, thank you, thank you, I didn't realize that you could turn it on by tapping on it, that makes it even more amazing.
BrittLiv (author)  liila1 year ago
Thanks, I might. Maybe if I have some time later today (as a bonus step to this Instructable)
mechaninja1 year ago
Y U NO USE CHEAP KNOCKOFF???
Seriously, seeing people use original controllers and such is starting to piss me off. I honor the Idea; it's quite ingenious, but it's just depressing to see good vintage items be modified beyond repair...
You need to chill, she wrote, that hers was broken... Though I totally agree with you. I've grown up with my NES and would never let anybody lay a hand on it.
davevil1 year ago
its perfect!, but you forgot some steps like, how to soldering & led strip.
this will be my project coming soon.
BrittLiv (author)  davevil1 year ago
It is actually quite easy, check out this instructable, to find out more about it: http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-solder-wires-onto-a-common-LED-strip/
iceng1 year ago
What does it do ?
Turn on the light only if you point the barrel of the gun ?
Or anywhere in the area ?
I really want to know...

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BrittLiv (author)  iceng1 year ago
anywhere in the area, it has about a 100ft range. (It's not just for light, anything electronical will work...).
iceng BrittLiv1 year ago
Thanks for the quick response, your second pic in step 3 had me.
I or you could add a pin point IR LED in the nozzle and an IR receptor
in the frame edge ANDed with the RF detector to make it
some what directional.... :-)
That is a pretty sweet setup! Never seen a more perfect light and light switch combination :)
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