Create a Frankenstein's monster laboratory lightening effect at home using an old microwave transformer!
THIS PROJECT IS VERY DANGEROUS AND USES HIGH VOLTAGES AND CURRENTS THAT CAN KILL
YOUR SAFETY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY - IF YOU ARE NOT TRAINED IN THE USE OF HIGH VOLTAGE ELECTRONIC/ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS, I SUGGEST YOU ENJOY THE MOVIE AND DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!
Otherwise... please read on make sure you effect all safety procedures associated with your training!
There are two of my YouTube videos below that show you how to disassemble a microwave to salvage the parts, and also how to make this project. I have included a full description and circuit diagrams with detailed photos in the following instructable. Please make sure onlookers are supervised and kept at a safe distance.
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您有責任確保自己的安全 - 如果您沒有受過高壓電子/電路方面的訓練，我建議您享受影片就好，不要在家裡嘗試！
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Step 1: Remove 5KV Transformer From Old Microwave
Again I can not stress how dangerous this all is. Your safety is your responsibility. This is high voltage and high current and can kill.
Using a screwdriver - remove the case from an old microwave, and salvage the transformer (pointing with screwdriver) and mains cable.
Step 2: Make an Insulated Starting Stick
Using a non-conductive material (plastic or wood) make a spark starting pokey stick by screwing in a screw or taping some tin-foil to the end of the rod. Make sure the rod is at least a meter long so you can be a safe distance from the jacobs ladder when you poke it to start the reaction.
Step 3: Fix the Transformer to a Wooden Base
Using some screws, secure the 5kv transformer to a wooden base plate. Ensure it is the correct way around so the 5kv output (taken from the chasis and the center tap of the transformer) is closest to where the conducting rods will be fitted. Ensure there is a safe distance (a few inches) between the conducting rods and the transformer so the sparks do not arc over to the transformer body.
Step 4: Wire the Mains Terminals
Wire up the transformer as shown in the schematic. The mains coil is normally the lower of the two coils and should be obvious as there is a live and neutral terminal on the transformer that are close together.
The 5kV output will have one terminal on the larger winding at the top, and the other terminal will be the transformer case or body.
Solder wires in place on all terminals and make sure everything is well insulated with electrical tape.
Step 5: Fit Conducting Rods
Now the mains end is wired, using the two output wires - one on the chassis and one on the 5kv terminal, connect these to your conducting rods. Then drill two small holes in the wooden base and push the conducting rods in place so they are in a V-type configuration. Please see pictures!
Step 6: Turn on and Poke!
Use a circuit breaker or a fused socket. Stand well back! Turn on the transformer. A gentle hum may occur.
Holding the insulated end of your pokey stick, short the two v-shaped conductors together with the metalic end of the pokey stick. Please see video below.
Do this only a few times, enjoy the sparks... Turn everything off, unplug and check the temperature of the transformer. It will get warm.
You can tune the size and length of your sparks by adjusting the distance of the V shaped conductors. MAKE SURE IT IS UNPLUGGED BEFORE TOUCHING ANYTHING!!
Please make sure children/onlookers are kept at a very safe supervised distance.