Portable Lightning





Introduction: Portable Lightning

this is a device i build.
the foto's are bad my camera isn't that great.
my gramar can be bad (i am from holland)
but this is the first device that uses the flash of a camera to make lightning

Step 1: Get Your Tools and Materials

get stuf to work whit.
  • soldering iron (cold heat works great)
  • tool set (or lose screw drivers and that sort of stuf)
  • soldering led
  • camera flashes
  • an accu (9 V battery wil also work)
  • wires
  • krokedile wires
  • an old transformator
  • an relay one that haves a contact that is always on.

Step 2: Open the Relay

this is the top of my relay

as you can see i had to adjust it to handle 9 volts
warning dont overdo the next step.
if your relay is for a higher voltage just stretch the spring what is inside.

Step 3: Opening the Transformater

this is in the most cases verry simple
unscrew the srews and than lift the big blok of wires and metal see picture.

Step 4: Wiring

i have made a scematic on my work if you want use it.
my scematic isnt corect becaus i mesed up one contackt whit the flashes.
the weir 3 conectet things in the botten is a camera flash
and the weird thing whit some switches and coildata is the relay
the 2 coils is the transformator

1. conect the other end of the coil to a switch
2. conect one end of the coil and to the other end of the switch see picture
3. do a test run if the relay is making a buzzing noise than youre oke
4. put wires to the transformater "primary coil" warning this is the part were the sparks wile come out.
5. put wires in the relay so it wil be turned on and off when it is on
6. put 2 wires together one to the coil and the other to the wire out step 5 and conect it to the battery.
7. put the other wire out of step 5 on a contact to the transformator "secondairi coil"
8. put a wire betwean the oteer conection of the transformator and the relay coil (not the wire to the battery
9. put one wire to the wire out of step 8 and the battery dont conect it
you can get a non deadly shock out of the primary coil

Step 5: Let the Flash Spark

there are 4 ways to conect a flash light
but you can do 6 things whit my device.

if you connect the outer ends of the flash you get a wireling spark.

if you connect the middele end and a end far away from that you get a blue light.

but if you conect the last wire to the tube itself the spark wil be wirling.

if you conect the middele end to and the end closest to it together at one end of the transformer and the other end of the tube to the other end of the transformater you get a spark that is strait.

you can make sparkt whit is around 2 mm.

you can power smal devices whit it.
this device makes around 100-200 volts ac.



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    damn your camra realy sucks man!

    wrong circut
    pleas ignor this one

    this a flash tube right? u have to be getting more than 200-300 volts to light this thing. it takes thousands of volts! here's another way to get these to light: try charging up a capacitor like the photoflash one that came with the camera that you got the xexon tube from. discharge the flash through the secondary of the transformer and you'll get a heck of alot more voltage!


    could you please draw a diagram and please sent it to me i am trying to make a ruby laser. thank you.:)

    this makes a continius stream of power to the flash so it does not stop with the lightning. this is for show and it is abendomed (see portable lightning 2) XD

    that makes much more sense than the one put in the instructable. Was the one in the instructable drawn with a sharpie on a napkin or something? t is soo hard to read!

    Yeah, he used sharpie and written on a paper with words already printed on it, it is very confusing!

    i will post a new 1

    sorry guys i abandemed this project. pleas look at my other project that is better then this 1. (and the drawing here is wrong)