Before deciding no matter if the headline of this short article is clickbait, remember to get a second to watch the excellent online video by [BigClive] below the crack. And then, go to your local research engine and research the phrase “fractal burning death”. We’ll hold out.
With that out of the way, we have to acknowledge that when we saw the matter “The most fatal project on the Internet” on [bigclivedotcom]’s YouTube channel, we have been a little bit skeptical. It’s a massive claim. But then we viewed the online video and did some googling. Sadly, there are above 30 documented cases of this venture killing persons, and additional circumstances of everlasting grievous damage.
Fractal Burning is a hobby in which wooden is burned by slathering wood in a conductive slurry and then applying significant voltage to possibly side of the wooden, typically making use of a little something not rated for high voltage, these types of as jumper cables. The High Voltage is supplied by an unmodified Microwave Oven Transformer. Other projects employing MOT’s typically rip out the high voltage secondary windings and re-wind them as very low voltage, significant amperage transformers, and are working with in Location Welders and even arc welders.
As laid out by [BigClive], the voltages coming from an unmodified MOT, ranging from 2-3 KV (Which is involving two and a few thousand Volts) at a pretty reduced impedance are ideal up there in the “Don’t go in the vicinity of it!” territory.
Even though many in the Hacker local community would have our hackles raised, many of the persons who will do these initiatives are not acquainted with electrical security of any variety, but are rather additional intrigued in the inventive consequences for inclusion in woodworking projects. Surely such ones are not cavalier with their individual lives on a standard basis, but the seemingly innocuous “cool” factor looks to have created this very harmful task appear to be additional appealing than harmful, primarily as it receives more well-known on social media platforms these kinds of as TikTok.
What is the takeaway from all of this? As hackers who share our initiatives with the globe, it is on us to convey any danger that someone else could put themselves in by subsequent our footsteps. Undoubtedly a 60 2nd TikTok video clip is not sufficient to do that, no more than a pair of jumper cables are suitable for safely managing 2-3 KV. Potentially such concerns will help us determine what mediums we want to use to share our assignments with the entire world. What are your feelings?
Of program higher voltage is not the only way to spark a discussion (or a fireplace). Lithium Ion batteries are acknowledged for performing the very same, and these Classes in Lithium Ion Safety are a good refresher training course.