Rob Flickenger is a DIY enthusiast and self proclaimed ‘mad scientist’. That description certainly holds true when you look at one of Flickenger’s creations – a Tesla Rifle.
The rifle shaped device is capable of firing out lethal amounts of electricity through the air. The small bolts of lightning can carry as much as 100,000 volts a distance of up to two feet.
The entire device is powered by a simple drill battery, so it’s easy to see how this device could easily be made more powerful as bigger and better batteries are developed.
Here’s an example of some of the electrical bolts created by the “gun”.
Flickenger documented the entire process of how he built the device on his Flickr account and has given several talks on it (see video at the top of this post).