Master the Power: How to Shock People With Your Fingertips

In this article, I'll be showing you how to make a simple yet effective static electricity generator. Basically, this device allows you to carry a constant static charge on your body and discharge it on anything grounded or of opposite polarity. The electricity generated is around 8-10 kV, at a very low current. The shock is enough to startle your friends, just like a static shock from a trampoline or carpeted room. You'll need a little experience in soldering and circuit design to build the project.

Step 1 Materials and Tools

  1. Soldering iron
  2. Flux-core solder
  3. Wire
  4. Negative ion generator (These can be purchased online here or built yourself. See this article, the second circuit)
  5. Pair of old shoes
  6. 9-volt battery
  7. 9-volt battery connector (available at most electronics retailers such as RadioShack)
  8. Tin foil
  9. Switch (also available at most electronics retailers)
  10. Drill with cutoff disk attachment
  11. Tape

Step 2 Building the Shocker!

The circuit schematic is represented in the (incredibly detailed) drawing below:

The generator charges you up like a capacitor, then when you come in contact with a grounded object (person), the voltage is discharged through them. I found it was best to put the generator, battery and switch inside an old shoe, like so (the "stripped" wire is ground):

Of course, to get it inside the shoe it's necessary to do a little drilling...

Once everything is installed, take some tin foil and fasten it to the bottom of the shoe, in contact with the stripped ground wire mentioned above. The picture also shows some copper foil, but any conductive metal will work.

Finally, punch a hole in the sole of the shoe and run the high voltage output from the negative ion generator through. Fasten the wire INSIDE the shoe so that when worn, the wire touches your foot like so...

And you're done! Simply put on the shoe(s), turn on the shocker, and become powerful. Literally, people will run away from you. If you're looking to build a more powerful shocker, see my High Lighter Stun-Gun.


  • Electricity is dangerous! Don't cause too much havoc.
  • Soldering irons are hot! Don't burn yourself!
  • I am not responsible for any damage, harm or trouble you get into.
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