Piezo Electric Ignighter





Introduction: Piezo Electric Ignighter

In this instructable, i will show you how to turn a barbacue lighter into an ignighter for use inspud guns and other projects. It should take around 5 minutes, which is why i'm submitting this as a PopSci 5 min. project.

Step 1: Step 1: What You Need

You will need:
Soldering iron
Copper aligator clops
Wire holder standy thingy

Step 2: Step 2: Taking Apart the Lighter

First, get a lighter that is empty. Get a flat screwdriver or knife, anf cut the stickers. Then unscrew the two screws. Also pry off the grey cap that holds together the end of the lighter. ( second image )

Step 3: Step 3: Open

Now carefully open the lighter.

Step 4: Step 4: Undo the Shaft

Take apart the long black tube by pulling away from the wire and hose. Then pull the small plastci cap off of the end.

Step 5: Step 5: Remove

Remove the fuel canister and the locking mechanism, you will be left with this.

Step 6: Step 6: Solder Part 1

Solder a wire to the shorter one connected to the piezo-electric ignighter.

Step 7: Step 7: Re-Assemble

Now put the whole thing back together, make sure the wires are coming out where the black tube came out.

Step 8: Step 8: Soldering Part 2

Now solder an aligator clip to each wire.

Step 9: Finish

Now you have a custom made piezo-electric ignighter. You can now use it in spud guns, and other projects that require a small explosin!

Step 10: Video

This is a video of the sparks, sorry for the bad quality and mistakes.

Step 11: Thanks

Thank you for viewing my instructable, please look at my others. Feel free to leave any comments or suggestions, they are apreciated.



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    will the spark arc over around 2 inches?


    Depending on the metal, you could theoretically get a bigger spark but it doesn't have the power to go even one inch. It's just like a carpet shock. For two inches you would need a wimshurst static generator and gold or silver leads. Unfortunately they are very expensive. You could try googling how to make one though.

    get a grill igniter.....ive gotten 4 inch sparks with those haha.....sparking a tin can with one wile holding the very top of the can with just hardly and skin will tingle your whole arm haha

    thanks ill see what i can do ps thanks for subscribing

    correction it's called a wimshurst electrostatic generator.

    It could, but it would be much easier and more reliable to use a fuse.

    I do this but cut the bottom of the lighters off And then Use a zip tie or a Jubilee Clip (Hose clamp for you americans) to hold it onto my spudgun


    LOL JK that sounds like a good idea too.

    I tried this for a rifle modded potato cannon (Instructable coming soon) and it works great seems like a real gun.  I was just wondering how long the battery lasts.  Tho I love the idea simple and effective.  I would recomend leaving the safety on to stop accidental misfires the but great job over all.