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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    49 Discussions


    9 years ago on Step 5

    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!

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    Reply 9 years ago on Step 5


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


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 5

    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!

    4 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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


    11 years ago on Introduction

    can you draw a cleaner schematic i'm having trouble reading it
    sweet idea though

    add this to my group
    electric shock

    1 reply

    11 years ago on Introduction

    This instructable looks very interesting, and I would like to try it, but it is very hard to understand :(. Could someone maybe clarify for me??

    1 reply

    9 years ago on Step 1

    You need to take better pic. with your camra or find a other one i can tell what i am looking at!!!!

    3 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 1

    i abandomed this project. i cant rebuild it and i made a new portable lightning 2 sorry.


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 1

    i hate the coldheat now... i has a profesional tempature controled and adjustable station... i has to solder to much to have the coldheat.