Step 2: Open the case

Remove or loose the plastic flaps on every side and open the camera.
Now you can pull out the flashligt module.
The capacitor often is charged.
If you touch the board with your fingers on the wrong place you get a hit.

<p>Very nice, but the hight voltage emitts also much radiactivity! D:</p>
<p>No it doesn't. You probably get more from your computer monitor.</p>
<p>LCD, so no ;P</p>
<p>There is absolutely no radioactivity in any high-voltage circuit, from the smallest (like this) to the largest multi-story Tesla coil. It's absolute balderdash, with no basis in the physics of this or any other conceivable universe to say so. I have no idea where you get off making wild-eyed claims like that.</p>
<p>Hi Sehrgut, i dont know if you where asleep in physics but there is a thing called Bremsstrahlung ( you should know it ), which is a process, which emitts radiation.</p>
<p>Outside of a specially-constructed x-ray tube, you're still not accelerating electrons anywhere near enough to observer Bremsstrahlung with simply a high-voltage generator.</p>
What did you use as your power source?
I make last week some discoveries!<br>If you don't connect the High Power (-) to battery (-) and use instead Earth / Ground the light gets more powerfully and the transistor don't get hot anymore!<br>So you can power up &quot;stable&quot; to 4.0 Volts!<br><br>I think it becomes hot because the &quot;backfire&quot; from the AC current is too much for the transistor.<br>So if you use the AC current from the circuit you should also use Earth / Ground to beed of the high power!!!<br>
Do you have a wiring diagram that shows how to use higher voltages safely? <br>I have an AC to 3volts dc adaptor I can use.
step 4 on the picture you see the wirering. on the left upper corner you see 2 cables batt- and bulb- remove the bulb- and connect it to earth...
With that change, what would be the new maximum voltage that could be supplied?
Cool steampunk idea bro
hold down button <br>wait until the flash is charged <br>remove the battery <br>press the button on the camera to make it flash, or tap the thin copper contacts together <br>it will flash, the compacitor will be drained
that is insane!
so how to discharge the electrical load ?
make a short circuit with a screwdriver on the pins of the capacitor...
Hi,<br>I am a little confused to connect the wires, can you provide with schematic drawings ?
This has to be one of my favorite things on instructables.
you can find a 2 pack of the right fujifilm cameras for under $10 at Walmart. I followed the pictures and this instructable worked out great. The transistor got a bit hot for me. Try holding an old CFL up to the neon bulb :D
i love these light projects and i really want to try one but the only thing stopping me is the lack of a good explanation of the wiring. &quot;you need to hook up six wires here&quot; doesnt really help me too much especially where as i'm not all that good with electronics yet. maybe some more steps or a seperate ible on the subject?
You have this device working on a DC power supply. Will it also work on the 2 AA batteries? If so should I solder the batteries in parallel as Junophor did to increase the current and not the voltage?<br><br>Great project and pictures!
Yes, you are right it also works with batteries but the circuit need nearly 250mA. For this application an also for desktop use is a DC power supplie better...
Power notes: duplicated with a Fujifilm Quicksnap DCF (disposable camera flash) in USA and a GE flicker flame bulb (PC 81167, Desc 3CAC/FF/CD1). Bench supply indicated only about 100-150mA drawn at 1.5VDC. Found that at 2.4VDC, current draw about the same. However, the transistor (D2687) went from an operating temp of 45C to ~125C. Did not go higher voltage than that. An alkaline battery can run 1.7V OC new, so 2 batteries could kill the transistor.<br><br>Note Kodak-brand flash units (so far) do not work - output voltage is only 325V, which may have something to do with it.<br><br>Anyone have specs on the transistor? I have only come vague indications that it may be related to a chroma-type transistor.<br><br>For what its worth.
Hi Apprentice Wizard,<br>Thanks for the spezification.<br><br>I make last week some discoverys!<br>If you don't connect the High Power (-) to battery (-) and use instaed Earth / Ground the light gets more powerfully and the transistor don't get hot anymore!<br>So you can power up &quot;stable&quot; to 4.0 Volts!<br><br>I think it becomes hot because the &quot;backfire&quot; from the AC current is too much for the transistor.<br><br>
I was thinking about mounting this to a costume, as a mechanical heart. (I can't attach the suit to the wall for the power supply! LOL) I have a <strong>separate </strong>power source for the turning platform (I'm using a revolving <em>police light</em> style base) but I want to use just the two AA batteries to power the plasma lamp and the three &quot;sparking arms.&quot; Will this work?<br>
If you will wear it on a costume I would use instead of AA batteries two &quot;C&quot; or &quot;D&quot; cells... then it works for hours...
thank you for the suggestions! Again, Great Looking Project!
Bridging the capacitor with a srewdriver will drain it, but it also could cause it to burst. I would instead use a resistor to bridge the cap. You can pick them up relatively cheap from a radio shack or electronics hobby store. I would bridge the capacitor with a resistor until you get no voltage readings with a meter between the two legs of the cap.
Very cool.. Love it! Thanks for sharing.
Hello - Very nice instructable. One questions - what brand(s) of cameras are you using? Can't identify the one in the photo.......thanx.<br><br>Richard
click on the &quot;i&quot; at the top left of the picture and it will take you to a page that lets you enlarge the photo. then if you use windows and firefox, just push &quot;ctrl&quot; and &quot;+&quot; and it will zoom in even more. <br><br>I believe you won't recognize them unless you know german though :)
Much thanks!
any chance this can create a resonance cascade?<br>lol nice 'ible
My bad - I went too fast - it is a very, very interesting instructable and I will be using it in my class when teaching electricity.<br><br>Richard
Super Instructable! You did an awesome job! Thanks for sharing.
Is it safe to bridge the capacitor with a screwdriver? I would think that it would be better to use a slower discharge method. Last time I was discharging a camera flash capacitor, I hooked up a multimeter set to measure voltage, and watched as the voltage went to about 10, and then bridged it for the last little bit. Took a couple of minutes, but it felt safer.
Excellent tutorial! I put a bulb &amp; driver circuit together this weekend with very little difficulty (beware the capacitor.)<br><br>Thanks for posting this! What an awesome project.
I think you're fast becoming one of my favourite makers- I love steampunk, high voltage, camera flashes and unusual lighting. With all the new uses you've shown I'm going to have to get some disposable cameras and get experimenting again.
Thanks.<br>I just start with PicAxe chips and a stirling engine...<br>We can learn from each other :-)<br><br>I will stay tuned for you new results...
I too have ben shocked, on my thumb it was numb for 3 hours after words
I have no idea what this is but it looks @#$#$ AWESOME!!!!!
Very nice
Beautiful work, I'm inspired to build a plasma bulb of my own, but I had a quick question... Would using 2 of the same circuit taken from the cameras make the light and sparks more intense? My idea is to have a single bulb powered by 2 circuits and then add as many moving arms around it to find a nice glow/balance, but as I would like to use 6 arms, I would think doubling the input to the bulb would be needed? Any thoughts on this, or perhaps you have tried it? Thanks alot!
Just one question, what kind of clock is the gear set and french hammer from? I thought hammers were only in alarm clocks, but I am no Horologist :) A picture would be awesome!<br>Oh an of course, I LOVE THIS PROJECT!!!! Your work is awesome!
Hi,<br>THANKS<br><br>I only buy some ald wall clock gears like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ANTIQUE-BRASS-WIND-UP-WALL-CLOCK-MOVEMENT-PARTS-SPARES-/260835447099?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&amp;hash=item3cbb01113b<br>Often you get a bundle of 3-4 clocks with hammers. Then I build the right gear ratio myself...<br>
I really like this. it kind of reminds me of the excursion funnels in portal 2.
Great work dear Admiral,<br><br>as you might consider i would like to share some of your Plasma for my ray gun ;-))
Nice one! <br>Steampunk from Germany? Mmm.., that's new to me, but very cool!
Hie bertus52x11,<br><br>yes its a bit new! But there is a rapid growing community in Germany, if you like have a look at:<br><br>www.clockworkers.de<br>http://salon.clockworker.de/<br>www.steampunk-design.de<br>www.steampunk-design.com<br><br>And of course, there are a lot of events, even the &quot;makers fair&quot; coming under licence in Spring 2011 to Germany as well.<br><br>Greetings from Germany (Hamburg)<br><br>JnEn aka Horatius Steam :-)

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