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Here’s how to make a 120,000 Volt Van De Graaff generator using metal mixing bowls, PVC pipe, a bucket, a 540 size motor, copper wire brushes and a pair of pantyhose – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. ehrichweiss says:

    I made one somewhat like this in junior high school as a science fair project and I used almost the EXACT same materials. Though it didn’t work so well due to our high humidity at the time.