This little fire starter can throw quite a spark! it is a hacked camera that uses the high voltage stored in the capacitor that is intended for the flash function as an imitation ignition method for starting fires! I have been stuck trying to build a fire and I know I'm not the only one. Because of past issues and the near future summer camping plans I decided to make this little guy. Watch the video for a demo and we will get started! 

DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK. there is high voltage stored inside of these capacitors that can easily pose a risk. I am not responsible for any damage or injuires. 

Step 1: Things needed

A camera with flash
two slide switches on/off SPST 
One solar panel (4.5 volts max)
one diode
altoid tin
double A battery holder
Nickel based battery
two rca plugs
solid wire

No picture.
<p>You might want to try using a thyristor to protect the safety switch: </p><p>1- If it was turned on while the capacitor is charged and the leads are touching.</p><p>2- It will fail prematurely due to the high current running through it.</p><p>Another option is to use a relay that connects the capacitor to the leads when it's activated, may be even activate it from the solar panel to prevent battery dranage.</p>
<p> this is brilliant, as the idea yours?</p>
Thank you! As far as I can say I think so. I haven't seen anything like it but odds are there might be something similar
<p>awesome, I've started building mine already. Thank you for this brilliant idea and sorry about the mistake In the first comment, I ment to say is instead of as.</p>
<p>no problem! :) hope that it turned out great! </p>
<p>you should post a picture of it starting a fire</p>
This spring I will! :D

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