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You do have to alter the circuit, you have to remove a capacitor and a diode. There's a nice writeup about the mod here:http://rimstar.org/science_electronics_projects/cfl_powered_by_electric_fly_swatter_racket_zapper.htm
I put a tilt-switch in mine so when it's this way up it's on and to turn it off you turn it over.I also didn't have a camera flash circuit, so I used one from an electric flyswat.
Here's a small version: 10cm cubed. Got an LED, powered over USB, checks time over Wifi and acts as an alarm clock.
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