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Electric Fly Swatter for Ignition

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Unread postAuthor: ab1 » Sun May 27, 2007 10:27 pm

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Anybody have any clue how to make an ignition from one of these things??? Took it apart, just trying to figure out how to get this to work as an ingition. Any help would be helpful, Thanks in advance!!
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Unread postAuthor: noname » Sun May 27, 2007 10:28 pm

I was thinking about using one of those, my only guess would be taking the grate thing out and created a spark gap with wires where the grate originally was. My mom wasn't too fond of the idea and wouldn't let me try it.
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Unread postAuthor: rna_duelers » Mon May 28, 2007 12:42 am

I used one of these on my shity hydrid.Just cut off the mesh thing and attached to small guage wires although the spark gap it can jump is relatively small.
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Unread postAuthor: Hotwired » Mon May 28, 2007 5:27 am

It's nowhere near stungun voltages, swatters do a couple of kv (apparently) which can jump a few mm.

As long as it can jump it'll work though :)
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Unread postAuthor: Anon » Mon May 28, 2007 8:18 am

These can work, as rna said just scrap the mesh stuff and you should be able to find to leads coming out of it. My friend attempted to use one to shock people, I can say the spark is weak but it would work.
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Unread postAuthor: ab1 » Mon May 28, 2007 10:31 am

Thanks to for all help, I am going to give it a try.
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Unread postAuthor: jjk92 » Mon May 28, 2007 1:44 pm

hmm i have one of these and took it apart and the only way to make it spark is by touching the two wires together it wouldnt jump a gap to spark maybe you have a different one
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Unread postAuthor: Anon » Mon May 28, 2007 1:47 pm

Yeah they wont jump on their own but set a ground such as a washer or something parallel to the two wires and then it will spark.
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Unread postAuthor: rna_duelers » Tue May 29, 2007 12:46 am

The sparks can jump gaps easily.But the electrodes have to be very close together,suck as a correctly gaped spark plug which is what I used.

But there might be different types of zap fly swatters and they may have different power levels.
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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Tue May 29, 2007 6:51 am

well in aussie they have theirs already ramped up to high voltages for those flies the size of kangaroos.

Those flyswatters sound like fun, hmm I'll pick one up and see if I can get a decent arc.
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Unread postAuthor: rna_duelers » Tue May 29, 2007 6:56 am

Well actualy,they are illegal here :wink: .But I can get a hold of them.They'd have to supercharge the flyswats over here...Some of the flies are the size of one of your small toes and the little barstards bite.

P.S Aussies rule.
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Unread postAuthor: Insomniac » Tue May 29, 2007 7:04 am

I'm sure they are legal here rna, I've seen them in shops occasionally and rove had on his show a while back.
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Unread postAuthor: jjk92 » Tue May 29, 2007 5:27 pm

if i get a chance ill try to spark it on a sparkplug and post my results
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