Disposable camera

I have a disposable camera and I am trying to decide what  to do with it.  I know many of you would suggest a stun gun but that does not interest me.  I like other high voltage stuff like teslacoils and stuff though.   Oh on a side note ...(you should find this funny)...after I took it apart I was looking at the way it worked and I saw the leads going to the flash.  I thought it was odd that it was not insulated and I accidentally touched it without the battery even being in (yes I know this does not matter).  So in other words I already know what it would feel like as a stun gun. Give me some ideas.  :)

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Disposable camera hack? Answered

Hi, im building a capacitor bank for my coilgun, and I have 17 disposable camera capacitors in them. (wired in parallel (or whatever one means + is atached to +, and - is atached to -)) But for some reason wenever I start chrging it, after a little wile, it makes a huge spark across one of the capacitors. That probobly means its arcing right? but its only 300 volts (there wired in parelell so only the amperage goes up, not the volts). I then tryed to charge the caps to a point before they arced, wich took about 1 min (the battery is full) and my ammo only shot 3 inches! 17 capacitors, charging for 1 min, and it slid across the floor 3 inches! I have no idea what im doing wrong. Im using wire from a microwave motor (wich is realy small) for the coil, and its 5 layers thick, wrapped around a hollowed out pen. So, to sum it all up, here are the main problems: 1) the caps arc when charging 2) the ammo only goes 3 @#%!ing INCHES!!!!!! arg! Ps, i heard someware, that if you have enought amps, it will arc even with lower voltages. Maby thats whats happening? PLEASE HELP!!!!!! :(

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Disposable camera innards

I was taking apart a disposable camera today and found this thing. It looks like it is probably a coil of some sort, and it has a little brother hanging out on another part of the circuitboard. The big one is about 1 cm across, and the little one is about 5mm. What, precisely is it, what does it do, how does it do it, and if I replaced it with a bigger one, what would happen? In idiot-english, please, I'm not well-versed on electrical devices. The little one, especially, reminds me of an ultra-small high-tension coil. Is that what it is? Does it perform precisely the same duty in this circuit?

Topic by Rishnai 


Disposable Camera Hack?

Hi, im building a capacitor bank for my coilgun, and I have 17 disposable camera capacitors in them. (wired in parallel (or whatever one means + is atached to +, and - is atached to -)) But for some reason wenever I start chrging it, after a little wile, it makes a huge spark across one  of the capacitors. That probobly means its arcing right? but its only 300 volts (there wired in parelell so only the amperage goes up, not the volts).  I then tryed to charge the caps to a point before they arced, wich took about 1 min (the battery is full) and my ammo only shot 3 inches! 17 capacitors, charging for 1 min, and it slid across the floor 3 inches! I have no idea what im doing wrong. Im using wire from a microwave motor  (wich is realy small) for the coil, and its 5 layers thick, wrapped around a hollowed out pen. So, to sum it all up, here are the main problems: 1) the caps arc when charging 2) the ammo only goes 3 @#%!ing INCHES!!!!!! arg! Ps, i heard someware, that if you have enought amps, it will arc even with lower voltages. Maby thats whats happening?

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DISPOSABLE CAMERA LCD SCREEN

NEED HELP, I HAVE SEVERAL DISPOSABLE DIGITAL AND VIDEO CAMERAS AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF ANYONE HAS A N INSTRUCTRABLE I COULD USE THESE FOR

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disposable camera charging circuit

Why doesn't the transistor in the inverter circuit of the disposable camera ever heat up? dont they need heat sinks? can anybody pls show me a schematic of a simple disposable camera charging circuit? pls show the transistor number and type

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how to make a railgun at home?

I would like to make a railgun at home, but i need to know how many capacitors, how to make the rail, etc. i was hoping to be able to do it with disposable camera parts. there is a tutorial on here on how to do it but i cannot get enough information from it to be able to build one. It would also be nice if it was considerably powerful. any help? 

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Free disposable camera's or their capacitors

I want to try my hand at making a very powerful coilgun but I live in a small town and our photography store doesn't sell used cameras for less than $3 each! Which means $30-40 or more for the coilgun I want and I don't have that much to spare :( So I'm hoping someone in Australia can possibly send me as many used cameras or capacitors as they can spare, I'd be willing to pay for them as well as shipping

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Kodak disposable camera questions... Answered

Hello all, I have many Kodak disposable cameras with flash , the ones with led indicator. I want to use them to charge a capacitor bank of 8 capacitors, all removed from the same type of camera. The questions are: 1) If I remove the flash lamp from PCB , the indicator led will still function correctly ? 2) What is the maximum voltage I could use for this circuit to function normally and not burn any transistor, led etc? Thanks in advance.

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Disposable Camera Flash Circuit? Answered

I was making a coilgun through the flash circuit of a fujifilm disposable camera and multiple other capacitors I had laying around and I wanted to have the capacitors in a separate spot from the charging circuit.  However, I accidentally nudged the capacitor that was already on the circuit a bit too hard and ripped up some of the copper connections underneath.  Typically I can usually find another place to solder the ends of the component back to the circuit by looking at the circuit board and connecting the leads to something that is also connected to where the part is supposed to be. But there happened to be some sort of blue plastic film covering that specific part of the circuit board which i cannot take off and is preventing me from seeing where else I can place the leads of the capacitor.  If someone is familiar with this could you please tell me where I can solder them on?  The flash circuit is from a QUICKSNAP-FLASH400 model fujifilm disposable camera. Thanks! 

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Student arrested for making disposable camera Taser

The capacitors inside disposable cameras pack a pretty big wallop and it's recommended that you act very carefully around them. If you don't you'll get zapped. And if you set it up so that someone else could get zapped you might even get arrested like this 14-year-old kid from Connecticut. linkvia boingboing

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What about a waterproof disposable camera piggybank?

OK, so i got this used waterproof kodak 1 use camera and removed the camera thing and said "wow this would be cool for a piggybank" and it is, cause it is hard to open but is possible, it is shockproof because of the rubber and abs and it is cool looking. What do you think if i make an instructable on that PD: if someone makes an instructable about that i will kill him LOL

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How do you make a panoramic camera hat from disposable cameras?

I am interested in replicating the panoramic camera hat from the music video for Darwin Deez Radar Detector (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pbdLqTh_x4).  I know that the shutters are triggered remotely, but am unsure where to begin.  Any and all help is appreciated!

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What can I do with all of those?

Okay, I am basically asking you what projects can I do with my disposable cameras, I have so many, maybe too many... (About 50 to 100 cameras) What can I do with all of those cameras?The projects I had made using those cameras are:Coil gunHow to build a Taser for free!How To Build Your Own Shock Flashlight!How to build the World's Smallest Electronic Shocker!!!How to make an awesome Electronic Dazer!Hack a flash camera into a emergency strobe lightI am wondering if you know more...

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Have you ever found a disposable camera that old?

While I was taking apart some disposable cameras, I found this "strange looking" camera's circuit, it looks like a old type of camera's circuit, it is probably used in the first disposable cameras. They are no SMD components, a large capacitance capacitor (160uF), three transistors, and a funny looking trigger transformer on the circuit. Have any of you ever found this kind of camera's circuit?

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I charged a capacitor about 3 months ago, would it be lethal if I discharged it again and used for another project? Answered

I built one of those disposable camera tazers where if you made contact between 2 wires soldered to the capacitor it would create a medium sized spark. Well I remember charging the capacitor for the camera about maybe 3-4 months ago, but I never made contact between the 2 wires. My question is would it be a bad idea if I discharged the capacitor again and used the camera for another project, I'm just going to be doing the same thing, except the camera will be in a different housing and a High Voltage switch mounted next to the momentary switch already mounted on just for safety. Would It be safe to solder aswell? I'm a little paranoid about electronics because of what I've heard from people dying by these shocks. Better to be safe than sorry. The disposable camera is on my workbench as I type this.

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i have like 50 old disposable cameras what should i make with them? Answered

 i have a bunch of used disposable cameras that i got for free from wallgreens what should i make with them?

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Is there any way to make a high voltage supply from a disposable camera? Answered

I want to make a high voltage supply with a camera.It needs to produce more than 380 volts.

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Using the flash from a disposable camera?

I recentaly took apart a digital camera hoping to be able to find a way to use the plain old flash when ever I wanted to to flash it at night at my friends. I acidently bridged and shocked my self owwie. But i still cant figure out how to use the flash once its out of the camera ofcourse with the circuit board and that still attchaed. Any help would be nice.

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How can I use a disposable camera flash to light continuesly?

I would like the scamatics of this. does anybody have any ideas. thanks

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Can you take the lcd screen out of a CVS Disposable Digital Camera? Answered

And take out other parts and use it for projects or would it not be compatible with an Arduino setup or other? The camera is only $18.00 so the parts could come in handy. Do they take the camera back? Ive never used it.

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do disposable camera's run out of battery? Answered

 I've recently made a taser out of a disposable camera and was wondering does the camera run out of charge over time? or does the charge get less or something?

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Adding a 2nd transformer to a disposable camera stun gun?

I was thinking about adding an additional transformer(or 2) from a separate disposable camera to an existing one modified as a stun gun.  I'm getting about 300 volts with a dead AA battery but i want much more so it can arc.  Do you think this will work?  Thanks in advance for your answers..

Question by jules15 


Having trouble with a disposable camera shocker...help? Answered

I shorted out the capacitor and hooked up the wires and installed the battery but it didnt work... help?

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Is there a way to modify the hot-shoe cap to make it into a connector for a DIY flash?

More details: I mean modifying the hotshoe cap (http://shashinki.com/review/nikon/bs1/index.htm) to become a connector for the camera to send a signal to light a DIY flash recycled from a disposable camera?

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How much power can be put through a disposable camera transformer?

I was using disposable camera circuit for charging a capacitor. I went up to about 30 volts at 2.48 amps wit h a dc regulated power supply. It started to give off a type of gas and I stopped and put it outside. Later, I tried again and it didn't work.

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What is the usual ratings for a capacitor in a disposable camera? Answered

I am wondering so that I can calculate the output power of my small capacitor bank-in amps and joules.

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Light field camera

Came across this interesting camera that fuses the images from multiple lenses. https://light.co/camera  I suppose it is a "light field camera" as described here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light-field_camera Any suggestions on possible solutions, or links to similar projects? Prefferable that uses lenses from disposed of smartphones. 

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How Can I Make A Simple Detonator Out Of A Disposeable Camera? Answered

Could I Have A Link Or A Video

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Camera Flash capacitor

First off I'll tell you to NOT TOUCH A CHARGED CAMERA CAPACITOR, IT HURTS. I had a disposible film camera that I took apart. How do I discharge it? If I cut one of the leads off the compacitor would it discharge or explode, damage the circuit board? How long would it take to self discharge?

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how do i make a taser from scratch and not from a disposable camera?

How do i make a taser from scratch and not from a disposable camera? cause i cannot find any disposable cameras

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Is AC or DC used inside disposable camera capacitor chargers?

Hello, Was wondering if AC or DC is used inside disposable camera capacitor chargers. The input is 1.5v DC and AC is needed to power a transformer. What is used to charge the capacitor? Does the circuit convert DC to AC? If so, what kind of frequency is it? Thanks, Tom

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inverter on a camera flash

Ive been studying the intertubes for a bit now and I cant seem to find an explanation on how a disposable camera flash works in detail. I mean I understand that it runs with two transformers, one at 300v output to charge the cap and the other to help discharge the payload through the xenon bulb run at 2000v output. but a transformer doesn't work with out a pulse or rapid continuous change in voltage. so how is it inverting to ac or am I missing something stupid

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Camera Flash Circuit

I know that it's pretty easy to cannibalize a camera flash to do some pretty simple things...but i find it difficult (probably by design) to solder things to these prebuilt boards (especially the "charge button"...that things not built for soldering)...i was wondering if someone could work up a circuit schematic with part numbers (or at least part identification) for a flash circuit like those in a disposable camera...so that someone could build it from scratch in whatever form factor they choose.

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how would you make a firwork igniter out of disposable camera? Answered

The camera should be a kodak cause thats the only kind of disposable cameras i have around the house.

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is there a way to make an ac arc using a disposable camera? Answered

I am currently searching for a way to mod a disposable camera so it will make an ac current and in extension an arc (continious or regularily pulsing , either one is fine) for my potato launchers ignition. i have seen that a decent spark can be made by connecting to wires together connected to the capasitor, but i want it to work electronicaly , not manualy aka with a trigger what i want to know is how (if its possible) to create an arc from the disposable caremas transformer that will work straight away, or converted from the capasitors dicharge into ac current which can jump to cause ignition.

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hot glue damaging any part on a disposable camera circuit?

Such as the transistor or other devices it is a small hot glue gun

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Disposable camera flash and a EL sheet or wire - Will this work?

If we replace the capacitor of a disposable flash with a EL sheet or wire, will it glow? (this is since EL wires can be hooked up straight to the main voltage, which tend to use over 200volts. A camera flash that uses a capacitor that charges at a high enough voltage might be good enough for powering a EL sheet.) anybody willing to give this a shot?

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Does anyone know if there is a way to connect a disposable camera circuit board to be a flashlight? Answered

Does anyone know if there is a way to keep the flash on constanly?

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Connecting two or more disposable camera flash circuits together?

I was wondering if i could connect 2 or more disposable camera flash circuits together to charge the capacitors on my coil gun faster ? and how id do so?  i know that i could do this https://www.instructables.com/id/Coilgun-Handgun/#step1 but i dont want to take apart my circuits because there not all the same. thanks

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Moving the flash off the circuit board of a disposable camera. Gauge Question.

Got a project in mind but looking for some advice.  I want to reuse the innards of a few disposable cameras but I want to move the flash units off the board onto a separate frame to get the flashes closer together.  The brackets that hold the bulb to the board are metal blades but if I was to remove those and replace them with wire, what gauge should I start with? Thanks

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Where to Get Charging Circuits other than from Disposable Cameras?

After a month of procrastination, I finally got myself to make a coil-gun by choosing it for a science project. I am going to go to nearby Walmart, Radioshack, etc. for used disposable cameras, but it is unlikely I am going to get them. Since I am pressed for time (2 weeks for creation and experiment), I figured I should just post this now. I know I can get capacitors, but what specification should I look for?( around 400V give and take) Also, I need charging circuits ( or another method to charge it with) but don't know where to get them. Since I am pressed for time and still am a novice to electronics, somethings like a DC to DC HV converter would take too long with my amount of expertise. Please help and Thanks in advance

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How can you tell polarity of disposable camera flash and capacitor?

Wondering how to tell positive and neg on camera flash.. and the same for capacitor.. I see the capacitor has a greyish stripe down one side.. want to just wire strait from either flash or capacitor to restore/zap batteries back to life. Do you even need to get the polarity correct for this?

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how do a 1.5v battary charge 330v capacitor in a disposable camera?

I got a capacitor from my disposable camera but it was damaged so i buy a 330v 120uf capacitor but i cant charge it on my 1.5v battary i wont to know how do a 1.5v battary charge 330v capacitor in a disposable camera

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How much voltage and amprage does a disposable camera pump out?

I recently built a taser out of a disposable camera and I do not know how much voltage and amprage it pumps out so I won't kill anyone. I like to play it safe. I used all of the disposable camera and the capacitor is a 4 farad capacitor. In case you haven't guess yet I am a noob at the home electronics game. So... Thank you.

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I want to make a shocker, but i don't have access to a disposable camera. Any other ways to make a shocker that hurts? Answered

I want a taser/shocker like the disposable camera ones shown on instructables. I don't have access to any disposable cameras, or any butane lighters. I also stink at electronics. Any ideas?

Question by freeza36   |  last reply


Replacing a disposable camera capacitor with a bigger one what would it do?? how about a (6V) bike?

Function and application of capacitors; what to use for high and low voltage applications, what to use for the bike?

Question by BobS   |  last reply


Cameras make high voltage?

I heard disposable cameras use high voltage for the flash. so if you were to take out the capacitor from 2 and plug the lead to the flash from 1 camera into the battery holder for another you could keep putting them together to get higher and higher voltages right?

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