Man Turns Nerf Gun into 20,000-Volt Tesla Gun

The year was 1889. The War of the Currents was well underway. At stake: the future of electrical power distribution on planet Earth. With the financial backing of George Westinghouse, Tesla’s AC polyphase system competed for market dominance with Edison’s established (but less efficient) DC system, in one of the ugliest and most epic tales of technological competition of the modern age.

More than a hundred years after the dust settled, Matt Fraction and Steven Sanders published The Five Fists of Science: a rollicking graphical retelling of what really happened at the turn of the last century. (Get yourself a copy and read it immediately, unless you’re allergic to AWESOME). On the right is the cover to this fantastic tale of electrical fury.

See that dapper fellow in front? That’s a young Mr. Tesla. See what he’s packin’?

Yep. Tesla Guns. Akimbo.

As I read this fantastic story, gentle reader, certain irrevocable processes were set in motion. The result is my answer to The Problem of Increasing Human Energy: The Tesla Gun. For reals.

The Tesla Gun is a hand-held, battery powered lightning machine. It is a spark gap Tesla coil powered by an 18V drill battery. You pull the trigger, and lightning comes out the front.

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Thomas Edison versus Nikola Tesla: Who is more productive?

Thomas Edison is widely known as the greatest inventor the world has ever known. Nikola Tesla is also known as a great inventor and many people say he was more brilliant than Edison was. In our last post, two weeks ago, we discussed Edison’s 5 million page note-taking system and received a reaction from some of Tesla’s fans.

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Tesla Coil discharging 1M Volts

Fifteen foot Tesla Coil discharging a million volts, and consuming 50,000 watts

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Wardenclyffe Fan — Official air circulation device of the Nikola Tesla fan club

The high quality and attractive design of Fanimation fans are now available in a patent-pending, portable style called the Fargo. Perfect for your desktop and available in a variety of colors, the Fargo spins powerful metal blades within a 9"-diameter grill to provide a space-efficient, stylish cooling system. Add retro chic to your decor with this nostalgic fan.

Wardenclyffe Fan

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Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla!

This Studio 360 episode is a wonderful place to start in today's appreciation of "the father of electricity." This PBS documentary is also great.

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Nevada Lightning Laboratory Experiments

The Nevada Lightning Laboratory were recently trying many experiments, such as what would happen if you flew a small radio controlled helicopter between two Tesla coils, could a small vehicle big enough for one person be powered using a Tesla coil. Watch the videos below for the cool answers.

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Tesla's New York Laboratory Up For Sale

In 1901, Nikola Tesla began work on a global system of giant towers meant to relay through the air not only news, stock reports and even pictures but also, unbeknown to investors such as J. Pierpont Morgan, free electricity for one and all.

YouTube - TESLA LAB FOUND!!! - Wardenclyffe Tower Tesla Lab - $1,650,000 - List via

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Modern Thinker

This is my interpretation of Rodin's classic sculpture, the "Thinker".

I wanted to convey the concept of the modern electrical age with the barrage of electrical interference in our lives. So much is happening and demanding our attention that it is difficult to "think".

I decided upon a real life posture like the thinker with a lot of electrical activity around me with sparks onto my body.

In doing this I wanted to do something new that also challenged the boundaries and that is new to the internet. I decided to use my established techniques of long exposures and a moving rod trailing sparks with an "eye of Sauron" effect. The aim was to have a semicircle of sparks over my body while in the "thinker" pose.

Modern Thinker

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Hi Volt Antivirus: Tesla Coil Protection for Your Laptop

The photo above shows a golden ring of sparks around my laptop. I reckon it looks like one of those rings of power around a World of Warcraft character protecting it. From what? Viruses of course. Hence "High voltage antivirus" - for PC or Mac.

Hi Volt Antivirus: Tesla Coil Protection for Your Laptop

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Red Alert Tesla coil

The Soviet Tesla coil fires a long lightning bolt at a hapless Allied soldier while a Tesla trooper provides extra power. A conscript is on guard and an engineer sets off.


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An Update on Wireless Power

Many of you found “The wire we REALLY need less of!”, my previous posting about the potential of having electrical power without wires, to be both interesting and high on your wish list. As I understand it, the research work continues to build in this area.

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Duckon 2007-Singing Tesla Coil video

This is a solid-state Tesla coil. The primary runs at its resonant frequency in the 41 KHz range, and is modulated from the control unit in order to generate the tones you hear.

What's not immediately obvious in this video is how loud this is. Many people were covering their ears, dogs were barking. In the sections where the crowd is cheering and the coils is starting and stopping, you can hear the the crowd is drowned out by the coil when it's firing.

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