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
will the spark arc over around 2 inches?<br/><br/>=)<br/>
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<br>
thanks ill see what i can do ps thanks for subscribing
correction it's called a wimshurst electrostatic generator.
would this work for fireworks?
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<br />
HOW DARE YOU! I'M A CANADIAN!<br /> <br /> <br /> LOL&nbsp;JK that sounds like a good idea too.
I&nbsp;tried this for a rifle modded potato cannon (Instructable coming soon) and it works great seems like a real gun.&nbsp; I was just wondering how long the battery lasts.&nbsp; Tho I love the idea simple and effective.&nbsp; I would recomend leaving the safety on to stop accidental misfires the but great job over all.
There is no battery! A tiny hammer strikes a piece of quartz and makes a charge, lasting thousands of times!<br />
I love piezo electric thingumies, i took one to school and tazered people but then they confiscated it :(&nbsp;
that's all I wanted to know, cheap and cheerful, just the facts 'mam, cheers buddy.
how do the spark thing work?
I'm not sure exactly, but there is a spring mechanism that when pressed, a tiny "hammer" strikes a piece of quartz, that is what generates the electricity.
oh i tried slodering that little metal thing at the bottom today and it just fell off
Well, if the metal tab came out of the ignighter chamber I'm afraid you can't do anything about it. Good news though! You can buyighters at the dollar store for only one dollar.
yep i got some refialble with uv torch 5 for £1 or $2
Don't quartzes carry a piezo electric current?
I know they do, but google it for more detail.
These are also great for zapping people.They don't hurt enough to kill but they give a nice shock.
Ahhh yes, such sweet memories... Even better when you get them in the back of the neck!

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