How to (sort of) shock people like Emperor Palpatine

Sand responds wildly to the high voltage charge emanating from the fingers of someone using the homemade static-electricity generator.

Screenshot by Christopher MacManus/CNET)

The dark side of the Force offers many benefits, including the power to electrocute those who oppose you. Unfortunately, force lightning remains a skill only available in the “Star Wars” universe, but YouTuber Nighthawkinlight dreamed up a static-electricity generator device that gives aspiring Emperor Palpatines the ability to shock someone (or something) with 7,500 volts through their fingers.

Building one of these electricity weapons sounds like a job for the truly nerdy (or Nikola Tesla), but Nighthawkinlight breaks down the build process systematically in a video mostly anyone could follow.

In some ways, the instructional guide almost plays like a Martha Stewart segment for villains. “A static discharge from this device creates a strong enough electric field that it can even disrupt electronics from a distance,” the narrator warns. “Direct contact is powerful enough to potentially cause damage to circuitry or even corrupt data.”

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