Shocking Tanks packaging
I bought these for my son last Christmas. I can honestly say that it was quite a Christmas morning watching him and my stepdaughter torture each other. They played until they could no longer feel there own hands.
My brother brought his new tanks to my parents house this Christmas. It was hilarious watching my brother and sisters and nieces and nephews 'torturing' each other. My oldest daughter challenged one of her cousins to a duel on HI. She almost took out my parents Christmas tree when she jumped after getting shocked. Funny, no one else wanted to try it on HI after that.
Sorry but 18 volts is NOT going to give you a shock without stepping the voltage up just a bit. The condenser on the workbench trick usually requires the condenser to be charged with one of the spark plug wires. The voltage is in the thousands at the spark plug wires. The thousands of volts just doesn't carry enough amps to do any permanent damage (except the skinned elbow from jerking violently).
and the look of shock and disbelief that we always saw on the face of the victim; I would say a pretty good jolt. Besides at that voltage it doesn't take much amperage to do the trick. None of the victims EVER claimed they didn't feel it. If they had we would have laid a more cunning trap and got it on video! HA! ]:)
I didn't mean to infer that the two situations were identical; only that it reminded me of such pranks. Good thing the condenser trick DIDN'T hurt anyone, but we probably should have been fired for goofing off at the least! ]:)
It really does detract from the message being conveyed, doesn't it. But on the other hand, the movie clip in the related link in the article had me LMAO. Highly recommended viewing! Only about 20 seconds long too.
The video is over here: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/geekend/?p=1010 And is the textbook definition of "squeal like a girl".
I bought 2 of these for gifts this Christmas. One to my Brother-in-Law and other to my nephew. Had loads of fun playing it with my Brother-in-Law but my nephew tried it (24 yrs old) and tossed the controller to someone else and never tried it again. That was on Wimp mode. Lots of laughs and batteries last pretty long time. Ended up buying the one back from my nephew so could get him something else he could enjoy. But my daughter (20 yrs old) expressed interest in having a set at her college so.... She will get the one I bought for my nephew and I am sure the fun will continue at her college!!! The jolt is similar to a condeser discharge from car coil. You will know you got shocked!!! Loser of game receives 3 set of shocks at game's end. Wished it had a laser pointer on them so you would know where you were aimed better. But great fun. Patent pending on that Laser pointer idea. I was able to find them on the Web for less than $40.00 so shop around until you can locate them cheap. Enjoy...I know I did, but like I said not for everyone.
We manufactured ion generators, and had a dozen testing on the bench. The capacitor was aligned with one wire towards them and another away: with the potentials involved, the two inches across the capacitor were in the hundreds of volts range in the static field. No big deal to walk past, but over time the capacitor was charged fully. Guess how I found out?
If you kept a clean work space that is; for some reason someone would always pick it up if it was the only item on the work bench! That was always good for a laff around the shop or lab. :^0