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Safety Lifters are not Toys...
What a "Lifter" is and how it works
Prototype Lifter Building the lifter....

A Lifter is an extremely dangerous High-Voltage electrostatic propulsion device. It IS VERY DANGEROUS!

Firstly, make sure that no one can come in contact with it - mainly onlookers, and yourself. Keeping large distances between the potential victims from any possible contact with the high voltage is really the only foolproof way of protecting against electrocution. People not familiar with high voltage  can be very naive. Always keep a safe distance from your lifter.

Using a average monitor as a power supply deals with very high voltages, (generally 25,000-30,000 Volts).   1kV can jump about an 1.1mm air gap. This distance occasionally varies unpredictably with humidity. Don't forget that a monitor circuit contains many capacitors which can store a high voltage charge for weeks, even months. This makes it extremely dangerous! Always remember to discharge all capacitors with a proper discharge probe before making adjustments. (See Capacitor discharge tutorial)

Prevention is better than a cure!!! Be safe!

See http://jnaudin.free.fr/lifters/theories.htm for an in-depth explanation of how lifters work.

Color Computer monitors make the perfect "Lifter" power supply.  It is easy to access and old monitor, It is portable and runs off 120 Volts.  Always remember that monitor are filled with capacitors that can hold a charge for weeks.  Always remember to wear very heavy duty rubber gloves.  This does not make you immune to HV shocks though.  Prevention is the best cure for a shock.   Try to not touch any off the internal working of the monitor besides the ones specified in the tutorial.

Now lets continue....Lets make a power supply.

! IMPORTANT !  The picture tube is vacuum sealed and can implode very easily sending shards of glass everywhere.  Always work with the monitor screen on something soft like a towel to prevent damage.

Step 1: If the monitor is plugged in, UNPLUG it! Then let the monitor sit for 1-2 hours to let HV discharge.  Now wearing your heavy duty electricians gloves, remove the screws holding the outer case in place. Then remove the case and set it aside.  

Step 2: Now that you can see the internal working of the monitor, note the silver ground wires that surround the picture tube, mark this as the ground. 

Step 3: With the monitor still UNPLUGGED carefully lift up the side of the rubber "suction cup resembling" plug on the side of the picture tube. Mark the high voltage wire as "+"

Now that we have a Power supply,  we can continue to build the lifter.

Things You will Need

  • Exact Knife

  • Cyanoacrylate Glue - DANGER Very Sticky, can easily bond together fingers (this is from experience)

  • 1425 mm Of balsa wood

  • A roll of aluminum foil

  • Thin Copper Wire

Step 1:  Measure and cut out 6  sticks of balsa wood, 200mm Long and 2mm Wide.  Then do the same for 3 sticks, 75 mm long and 2mm wide.

Step 2: Glue three of the 6 200mm sticks in a triangle (see below)

Step 3: Next take the 3, 75 mm sticks and glue one upright at each corner (see the above picture for an example of the first one)

Step 4: Take the remaining 3, 200 mm sticks and glue them 30 mm up from the bottom one (one between each two sticks)

Step 5:  Cut 3 sheets of aluminum foil.  210 X 45 mm.

Step 6:  Glue one of these to each side.

Step 7:  Now your lifter should look like this (see below)

Congratulations, Your Lifter is now ready for testing...

--------WARNING : HIGH VOLTAGE--------DANGER--------


  • You will need to support both wires ate least 10 inches form the testing surface

  • Your supports must be not conductive, such as glass or PVC.

  • Connect the top corona wire to the positive connection on the picture tube, and connect the foil wire to the ground wire or the picture tube. 

  • Tether the lifter down with fishing line by attaching an equal line to each corner of the lifter.  This determines the height that the lifter will go and keep the "+" and "-" from touching



  • Find a power bar with an on/off switch.

  • With the monitor unplugged turn it on.

  • Now with the power bar OFF plug it in.

  • Attach the Monitor to the power bar.

  • When you are ready, turn on the power bar from a safe distance.


  • After about three seconds you should hear a hissing noise and possible sparks between the corona wire and the foil.

  • Then your lifter should immediately lift from the ground.  Due to static cling it may not rise so try gently blowing on it.

  • After 10 seconds if it does not lift turn it off.  !Consult Below!

If you lifter does not function Consult - http://www.americanantigravity.com/Troubleshooting-Guide.pdf



Test One : The lifter achieves a total altitude of 4 inches

Second Test : 4 inches and 2 centimeters

Click HERE to watch a 6,476kb .mov video (QuickTime Player required to play) of the finished prototype achieve a total altitude of 4 inches!. (or you can right click, save target as).

In the video, the lifter achieves some what steady flight, not satisfactory but It will do for now.....


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