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How can I make crazy-high voltages without a bulky setup? Answered

I know that stunguns and tasers can produce hundreds of thousands of volts.

I was wondering what kind of circuits I would use to achieve similar or, preferably, higher voltages (like, in the millions) using components like ignition coils, magnet wire, 555 timers and components bought at Radioshack.

I want to produce as much voltage as I can with a tabletop setup without having to build or use big capacitors, a tesla coil, or electrostatic generator. The purpose would be to generate lots of faint corona discharge. 


Scuff your feet across the carpet during the winter. Touch a doorknob. That spark's probably at least 10,000 volts -- at almost no amperage, which is why it's mostly safe. (I say "mostly" because in a hospital setting, especially with heart catheterization patients, that can be enough to kill.)

"Lots of faint corona discharge" -- see all the Instructables having to do with plasma globes.

Also see xenon flash circuits.

But I second Rick: If you aren't willing to spend the learning time and building time (and a bit of money) to do it safely, you have no business doing it.

working (playing) with dangerous items suggests you need some considerable knowledge if your not to become a sad statistic. As before if you need to ask these questions your knowledge is not yet advanced enough to safely operate the end product - Sorry.