Quick and Dirty Shock Gloves

[JLaservideo] has created some cool high-voltage gloves and uploaded a video on YouTube showing you how to get your mitts on a pair of your own. Using some very simple parts, he manages to make some decent sparks.

At the heart of this project is one of those new-fangled arc lighters which normally use some type of voltage multiplier circuit to function. The rest of the build is just wire, glue, aluminum foil, a switch, and paintball gloves.

Using the tip of each finger as an electrode, anything he touches will complete the circuit, creating high-voltage arcs. The demo of burning through paper is pretty neat, although we’ll admit we’re at a loss to think of what other tricks you could pull off with electrified fingertips. Anyone?

24 thoughts on “Quick and Dirty Shock Gloves

    1. If someone tries to make it more impressive using a ZVS driver for 10$ on ebay , it will end with certain death.
      A solution would be to put both poles on the same hand, but dangerous nontheless with high power.

  1. “you could pull off with electrified fingertips.” Ohhhkay then Jack, thanks for sharing your electrofetish with us.
    Fap ZAP! Fap ZAP! Fap ZAP! Fap ZAP! Fap ZAP! Fap ZAP! Fap ZAP! Fap ZAP!

  2. “As you can see, I’ve put 2 high voltage wires right across my chest”. A medium sized chance of killing himself when it rains, or even just by bad luck. But worse than that, why the shitty music in Youtube videos? Just don’t do it, man! I’d rather hear silence.

    And the result, gloves that can send a spark over nearly 5 millimetres! And singe paper, very slowly! And maybe light a cigarette if you’re lucky. Not even worth the bother of cutting the foil out. Those lighters aren’t designed to give a long spark. There are better circuits, although you can’t just unscrew them from an Ebay lighter.

    1. There are objects from ebay that you could unscrew and put in place of the lighter though. Perhaps it’s plausible deniability: “no, officer, I didn’t make a video showing people how to make taser gloves”.

      1. What, those X-hundred-thousand volt tube things? Yep plenty of vids on Youtube about those after I watched our guy with the gloves.

        Thing is, I worry, because a stun gun is supposed to have a certain waveform, to cause stunning. Lots of plans on the net use DC voltage multipliers (ie cascaded cap / diode ladders), which are surely either ineffective or incredibly dangerous! Just because it sparks doesn’t mean it’s any good in self-defense, and a bad self-defense weapon is much worse than none. Because now you’ve pissed the guy off!

        The idea of these gloves is obvious to anyone who has an electronic spark generating thingy, like the lighter. “Oh, I could attach electrodes to gloves” would’ve popped into my head, except “but the voltage and power are too low” squashed it before it could emerge. So it’s not like he’s really demonstrating anything you couldn’t figure out yourself.

  3. Let’s have a “worst video” competition. Musical diarrhea and black can be sub categories. Already lost interest before anything is shown other than flashing whatever it was.

  4. I had a friend at the technical high school, he once arrived with similar gloves. He had a lead-acid battery and the spark plug coil from his moped in a pouch, visible wires running through his sleeve and two gloves on the same hand. He walked around with casualness asking people to shake his hand… One of the funniest memories from those times :)

  5. The arc lighters do not use any “voltage multiplier circuit”, which would deliver DC. They use a transformer and their output is AC. Mine does around 16kHz, a little less when loaded. It’s more like a tesla-coil arc than the “snap-snap-snap-…” of a Taser. So it will not give much of a shock, more burn. What makes completely sense, considering the original device was a lighter, not a taser.

  6. hmmm… what’s the point.. glue highvoltage wires to the tip of gloves and then wait for an accident to happen.
    Why does hackaday need to promote these kind of potentially dangerous contraptions. Kids are watching this channel. Sure, you could say “these projects are all around internet, the can find these projects themselves, so why should we not promote them?” Let me put it this way: would it be OK if a parent sold drugs to it’s child with the argument that the kid could also get it somewhere else. Nope, that would not be right.

    So in short, hackaday, take your responsibility and don’t post potentially dangerous projects like this any more. Or projects about homemade weapons of any kind (this project is both actually). Keep it constructive, keep it safe, only inspire people in a positive way.

    Please consider my thoughts.
    Jan

    1. I don’t think the output from the arc lighter is that dangerous. A friend of mine uses one and from the sound of the arc it is quite high frequency AC, around 15-20KHz. This should be high enough that your nerves don’t react to it. If this is the case the only risk would be electrical burns, but the output power is quite low so I don’t see them being severe (the device barely damages the paper, it doesn’t even light on fire)

  7. In my misspent youth I often entertained the idea of building a device almost exactly like this (but with additional electrode pairs on the spikes protruding from the elbow pads of my leather jacket) due to having grown up in a college town where the normal annoyance of jocks/meatheads/etc… beating up and harassing nerds and punks (and God help you if you were BOTH) that for most people ends after high school seemed to continue well into young adulthood in my home town (what with some 45-55% of the population being undergrads at any given moment September-June, and one of the two schools being famous for effectively letting rich parents buy their kids way in no matter how ill-behaved or dim-witted those kids may have been…)

    My plan was to call it the ‘jock zapper’ and if I found myself cornered by meatheads intent on inflicting pain and humiliation on the lone nerd caught walking between his girlfriend’s dorm on their turf and home (safely back in townie territory) it could be activated to add a bit of extra oomph to thrown punches and elbows or better yet to cause them to think better of picking a fight in the first place at the meanacing crackle of electricity and the small arcs bristling from spike to spike.

    I never found quite the right transformer or driver circuit and eventually got to be old enough that the meatheads no longer felt as sure of themselves picking a fight with someone clearly more than a decade older (I also drove a pack of them from my house with a loaded 12 gague after they’d followed me home yelling taunts and homophobic threats on account of my leopard print pants. From their blind panic and soiling themselves I surmised that the realization that the nerd they had beem antagonizing and threatening was now one finger twitch from evicerating them two or three at a time finally sunk in and when it did it made an impression) but in any case I figured I’d throw that out there as a practical use for such a device.

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