Make a Static Electricity Generator & Cast Lightning From Your Fingertips

Introduction: Make a Static Electricity Generator & Cast Lightning From Your Fingertips

About: I like turning boring things into awesome things! Usually on video.

With great power comes...Something. I don't know. Probably not important.

As requested, this video is a re-make of my older project which utilized an AC powered ion generator. That older video can be seen here: http://youtu.be/EvspL4kMY54

The design I use in this video is much more versatile than my previous model, as the simple enclosure makes for quite a nice high voltage supply for a variety of projects when it's not strapped to my boot.

This is the generator I used (Yes, the one pictured is different than the one I received): http://www.amazing1.com/products/negative-ion-generator-12vdc-input-20kv-output.html

Leave me a comment to let me know what you think of this video, or any suggestions you have for future videos!

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98 Comments

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KamilM15
KamilM15

5 years ago

is it worth buying the more expensive generator? The ones from ebay have a 4kv output and the expensive one has a 20kv out. Is it worth it?

Please Answer

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Megacapacitor
Megacapacitor

Reply 3 years ago

no. That would be fatal for kids.

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GoWolves11
GoWolves11

Reply 3 years ago

20kv IS fatal for kids? I probably sound stupid, but I'm 13.

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Megacapacitor
Megacapacitor

Reply 3 years ago

if it has more than 500mA it is dangerous

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czexor
czexor

Reply 6 months ago

The output is 50 micro-Amps. Good luck stepping up voltage from 9v to 20kv while producing 500+ mA.

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GoWolves11
GoWolves11

Reply 3 years ago

So no.

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HVZapp
HVZapp

Question 1 year ago

I made this twice so far.
but my second one’s switch keeps shocking me.
Any tips to stop it?
the switch i use also doubles as the battery holder.
it looks like the photo i put up.

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JKKE
JKKE

Question 2 years ago

Thank you for this post. I have replicated this setup and the same is working perfectly.

Now I want explore getting the reverse polarity for the static charge (i want the high voltage end to produce positive charge). Would greatly appreciate if someone can tell me if the same is feasible with some tweaks.

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Lpj317
Lpj317

Question 2 years ago

Awesome construction!

Can you add two of these to your body, one on each leg to make it more powerful like the other ones made? Or would this be too powerful/voltage would dissipate though the other device potentially?

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Count Volta
Count Volta

Question 2 years ago

This particular model is fairly expensive[no doubt good quality],

but would a cheaper model work?

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Jcooldc
Jcooldc

5 years ago

My son and I have been working on this for some time but cant seems to get it working. We are using inonizer on the picture. Please help. This is for his school project

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IamSivy.
IamSivy.

Reply 5 years ago

I used the same ionizer in the photo and mine seems to work fine for this project

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Count Volta
Count Volta

Reply 2 years ago

Really? I got disappointing results from the same model.

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GoWolves11
GoWolves11

3 years ago

Whenever I turn mine on, the shell of the nine-volt gets charged. My generator works and my connections seem good, yet it doesn't work correctly. Can anyone help?

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GoWolves11
GoWolves11

Question 3 years ago on Introduction

Whenever I turn mine on, the shell of the nine-volt gets charged. My generator works and my connections seem good, yet it doesn't work correctly.

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jjwilson
jjwilson

Question 3 years ago

Where did he attach the grounded wire to? The grounded or the hot?

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ecrouch
ecrouch

3 years ago

Would the ion generator from a hair dryer work?

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GoWolves11
GoWolves11

3 years ago

What type of wires would you recommend?

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SidharthN
SidharthN

3 years ago

Will we able to shock anyone with a -4kv output ion generator