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Tesla taser payback pack

Hilarity ensues
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This new BorgCo gadget is the must-have gift this Autumn.

It consists of a close-fitting undergarment which covers the centre body mass, a pair of thick-soled shoes, and a backpack containing Lithium primary batteries, control electronics, and a Tesla coil.

The undergarment consists of conductive mesh backed by Kevlar (which can not be penetrated by Taser darts).

The boots have thick, insulating soles with metal stud contacts on the bottom; they are linked to the backpack by flexible EHT cables.

If the mesh is contacted by taser darts, the electonics sense the voltage and dump the entire output of the primary batteries into the Tesla coil. One side is connected to the conductive mesh, the other to the boots via the cables.

The taser user then becomes a resistive element in the Tesla coil's output circuit. Current flows along the taser wires, through the user, to ground - then back through the ground to the boots.

The thin taser wires will vaporize instantly, but the energy of the discharge is such that a plasma conduit is sustained for many seconds over a distance of a few metres - once the conduit is established, the energy required to sustain it is much lower than that necessary to create an initial "strike" across the gap; the current delivered is designed to be an absolute minimum of 500mA through the arc, meaning that the battery will deplete proportionately faster for longer distances.

The wearer, being isolated from ground, is unaffected, but anti-flash goggles are advised.

Warning: This device may cause serious injury or death if used correctly.

8th of 7, Sep 23 2017


       How ? The wearer is only connected to one side of the output circuit ... without a return path, no current can flow.
8th of 7, Sep 24 2017

       Wouldn't the magnetic component of the Tesla coil discharge play havoc with the heart through the kevlar?   

       Wouldn't it be easier to supercap the charge then deliver the captured charge back when your touched/picked up?   

       This all depends on a material that can milk or circuit the darts but not allow penetration.
wjt, Sep 24 2017

       //a material// Surely a pair of materials, layered; the outer one receives the dart, the inner one resists it.
pertinax, Sep 24 2017

       <points at third paragraph of idea>
8th of 7, Sep 25 2017

       Well, quite.
pertinax, Sep 25 2017

       <considers the proximity of the phrase 'Hilarity ensues' to 'Hillary ensues.' Giggles a little.>
RayfordSteele, Sep 25 2017

       If the Tesla coil was big enough, why would you need to wait for the firing of the Taser? The Taser's capacitor's field would be obvious to the discharge, wouldn't it?
wjt, Sep 26 2017

       Hmmmm, preemptive strike ... nice.
8th of 7, Sep 26 2017

       A whole lot of little shuffles to charge the backpack , though.
wjt, Sep 30 2017

       [+] because the title is really fun to say.
notexactly, Feb 11 2018


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