Introduction: Remote Ignition System: Camera Flash Method

This is an instructable to help you make yourself one of these babies. Charge the capacitor and flip a switch for it to discharge 300V of electricity from 1 AA battery through some steel wool for a nice spark and endless pyro-activities. Have fun, stay safe, enjoy! Watch the end for results!

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funkymunky made it! (author)2008-07-24

i dont get the part where i have to sauder things

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Masteroffencing made it! (author)Masteroffencing2008-07-31

its spelled solder and pronounced like soder

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jakesllama made it! (author)jakesllama2008-08-03

Thats spelled with capitals and full stops. Mr know-it-all!

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Masteroffencing made it! (author)Masteroffencing2008-08-16

I know how to spell i was just telling him and besides i copied it right of the package for it so now what

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jakesllama made it! (author)jakesllama2008-08-17

Still... No capitals.

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mexoplex made it! (author)mexoplex2009-09-18

lmao! youre right /funny!

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jakesllama made it! (author)jakesllama2009-09-19

lol

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n00b001 made it! (author)n00b0012009-10-29

Spelt: Solder
Pronounced: (America - [saw-der]) (Everwere else (Including England and aparently Australia) - [sol-der])


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TheParacorder made it! (author)TheParacorder2012-04-13

lol look at the reply after reply and now i added on to it! SOMEONE REPLY SO ITS A BIGGER PYRAMID

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cornflaker made it! (author)cornflaker2009-10-16

 in australia we spell and say it as solder lol makes much more sense, now i know why people keep writing sauder

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wedgekahr made it! (author)wedgekahr2009-06-16

Its = Possessive (it has)
It's = Contraction (it is)

as long as we're being grammar nazis ;)

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skelly7447 made it! (author)2010-05-03

steel wool not needed just the spark ignites most every thing

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squiggy2 made it! (author)squiggy22011-06-16

but you wouldn't get an electrical arc from 300V. you need the steel wool because its high resistance makes it get really hot, but you can't actually produce a spark with such low voltages

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sjoobbani made it! (author)2010-09-02

Wouldn't it be better if you had reversed the switches, so that the Toggle would arm, and the pushbutton would fire?

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napalm008 made it! (author)2010-07-30

Does this actually work, if so then i am seriously considering making this.

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adam-rawrrr made it! (author)2010-06-04

where did you get the wire connectors from?

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sas223 made it! (author)2009-12-25

 if i,am  using two 9 volts in series do i still need the capacitor? thx in advance

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milamber made it! (author)2009-01-02

dude swap the push buton and the switch so u press to fire much cooler and less holding

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pdub77 made it! (author)pdub772009-06-11

I gotta go with milamber on this one. Flip the toggle on to close the circuit and charge the cap, then press the momentary switch to dump it. I did this with a coil gun I was working on. Nice video, btw, but it is hard to hear your voice over the tunes. Good work, though.

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zach12 made it! (author)2008-12-13

do you need to attach steel wool or can i just put the electrodes closer together. I wanted to use this on my spud gun.

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TheDeviant13 made it! (author)TheDeviant132009-05-14

Make a voltage multiplier using one charging circuit and some diodes and capacitors off of camera circuit boards so that you have a nice good spark coming off of it to ignite it without steel wool or anything else for that matter.

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bballchamp1 made it! (author)bballchamp12008-12-14

steel wool helps a bigger spark, smaller the steel wool piece accross the leads the better. I haven't tried putting them close together to create a spark gap but you could experiment with it and see what result you get.

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ilias made it! (author)2009-02-11

the 300 volts can hurt you badly?

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Miel-jean made it! (author)Miel-jean2009-05-07

Volts don't directly cause the pain... it's the combination of volts and amps that hurts a lot. The thingo that causes the spark in an electric lighter (piezo-thingo) can actually generate up to 20 kV! doesn't hurt too bad though...

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imkwl12345 made it! (author)2008-12-23

um... u only kneed 9v too ignite steel wool... not 300

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bballchamp1 made it! (author)bballchamp12008-12-23

The idea was to have some fun, not make gradeschool circuit.

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imkwl12345 made it! (author)imkwl123452008-12-23

hey chill all im sayin is u dont kneed to go buy urself a camera

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omnibot made it! (author)omnibot2009-01-03

You BUY your cameras?

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bballchamp1 made it! (author)bballchamp12009-01-03

Was that a rhetorical question?... (always better to answer a pointless question with another pointless question)

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omnibot made it! (author)omnibot2009-01-04

Yes ;)

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ubr.bzkr made it! (author)ubr.bzkr2009-01-26

Ha Ha Ha I get all my cameras for free. I just go to the photo department of my local grocery store and tell them I need a few used disposable cameras for a "science project" and vola, free cameras. they just throw them out any way so they will give them to you for free.

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imkwl12345 made it! (author)imkwl123452009-01-12

did i say i brought any cameras? dumass... anyway what do u do... flog them?

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omnibot made it! (author)omnibot2009-01-14

No, you're right. I must've been to tired and missed that. Sry I usually just drop by a photoshop on my way home or buy used flashes on ebay, much worse caps *muah ha ha*

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Mattrox made it! (author)Mattrox2009-01-13

this ways better and faster

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tehpwnz0r made it! (author)2008-11-13

please do this again but don't use the music because it's extremely hard to hear especially when your vocal instructions are then only thing we're paying attention to. very nice tho (: and make a step by step instructable too, damn you (:

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bballchamp1 made it! (author)bballchamp12008-12-14

sorry i've been quite busy with school. If i get the time I'll be making something up. Also the website is back in production as it never got off the ground. Give it a week and the site should be up with a .com domain instead of ca. The site will have a full instructable too and will copy it over here as well.

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tehpwnz0r made it! (author)tehpwnz0r2009-01-11

fantastic. thank you

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mikedoth made it! (author)2008-05-19

I'm still learning electronics but I have a question. How can a capacitor go up to 300v if the input is only 1.5v? I thought it could only go up to the input voltage. Does this use a toriod?

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bballchamp1 made it! (author)bballchamp12008-05-19

This is something i read but the capacitor holds the charge.. its builds up inside until it is full... all collected from the battery. When you discharge, all the stored voltage comes out. Thats why its a heck of a lot more than just your 1.5V battery's charge.

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imkwl12345 made it! (author)imkwl123452008-12-23

thats actually got nothing to do with it. the charge transformer changes the voltage. the capacitor just holds the charge so u dont have to sit there and charge it up when you take the photo

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microman171 made it! (author)microman1712008-05-19

There isnt a toriod but there is a charge transformer. The input is pulsed into the transformer and the output is higher voltage and lower amperage.

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RDX HMX made it! (author)2008-08-27

I was wondering if a 9V (square) battery could replace the AA.

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imkwl12345 made it! (author)imkwl123452008-12-23

hey dont tell any 1 but u dont kneed the camera lol u can just rig this up with a 9v because its powerfull enough too light the steel wool. so u wouldnt kneed the push button or LED. jst a small box and a swich

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DarkTrinity made it! (author)DarkTrinity2008-09-11

No a 9 volt battery by itself cannot replace the double A or it will fry the charge circuit.

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jimihendrix4753 made it! (author)2008-10-09

Dude make this into an instructable. Also, is it possible to reverse the switches so the momentary ignites the nichrome? And can you give the boxes dimensions. Finally, learn some transitional words. Thank you.

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Samyo made it! (author)2008-06-25

Very good tutorial, even for a noob like me. How does the battery fit into the equation though?

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bballchamp1 made it! (author)bballchamp12008-06-26

The battery goes into the circuit board exactly how when it comes out of the camera when you take it apart. There are two silver clips, a positive and a negative, in which the battery slots into. When you take apart the disposable camera you'll know what i mean.

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sthealthraider made it! (author)sthealthraider2008-09-24

can u pls tell me the soldering part? cuzz i dont get it from the vid... i solder 3 wires to the button thingy but the bulb part is confusing can u tell me??

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bballchamp1 made it! (author)bballchamp12008-09-24

The LED part is just making sure that you have the correct + and - terminals connected proper. Once you have that just solder the connections + to + and - to - like you normally would and thats it.