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Home made sparker systems?

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Home made sparker systems?

Unread postAuthor: shmoesus » Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:26 pm

Hi, I need some help again!!
Ok so I am trying to make a sparker system for my new combustion system but here is the catch, I dont want to buy another grill sparker I want to make a sparker system but I have absolutely no electronics background. I don't want to have to solder things or make a complicated circuit, I have a electronic flyswatter that I took the swatter part off and just tired wires to the wires coming from the circuit but you need to have the wires touch to make a spark they will not arch! is there a very simple and easy way to make this thing into a sparker. I also have a few 9v batteries laying around (new) and was wondering if there is any extremely easy way to use them some how with out making a circuit?
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Unread postAuthor: warhead052 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:28 pm

Steel wool. Just rub it against the 9 volt batteries. Its stupid, but it works.
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Unread postAuthor: PVC Arsenal 17 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:30 pm

Spend $2 on a butane grill lighter and take the piezo clicker out of it... don't be cheap.
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Unread postAuthor: shmoesus » Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:37 pm

No No more or less i'm not trying to be cheap because all the pvc tubing and parts came from my house in my shed and im trying to make a entire working potato gun without having to buy anything just to say that I have. I would also like to know how to use my disposable camera because all the video's I have found using them are for tazers and that means they need to contact something were in my situation I want a arch. Also if there is a way to use my electric fly swatter and some how make it to the thing will create a arck when clicked on instead of having to touch the wires together is there a way to amp up either the disposable camera or electric fly swatter easily without having to mess around much with the circuitry?
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Unread postAuthor: Crna Legija » Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:48 pm

you get the disposable camera to discharge thought a car ignition coil it will make a nice phat arc, but they are bulky.

read the wiki there a how to on it.
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Unread postAuthor: saefroch » Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:58 pm

Doubt your electric fly swatter will be able to make a spark, that's not what they're designed to do. They are charged to a very low charge, and the current in the shock intended for a fly is actually rather small compared to a camera flash circuit.

There is no way to "amp them up," you either have to adapt the flash circuit to replace the flash bulb with two wires inside a loop (connected to the trigger wire), or just dismantle a lighter of some sort that uses a piezoelectric igniter.
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Unread postAuthor: shmoesus » Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:52 am

Thanks I'll just use the disposable camera.
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