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    Posted 7 years ago

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    Does anyone know what this did? I plugged it in and touched the 2 bolts on the left and had the hell shocked out of me. The middle dial controls the voltage output by the 2 bolts but I'm just unsure what the heck it was used for? Is it just another 'quack' medical device from the early 20th C.?
    Was it a sex toy, as many of these old devices seem to have been???

    Please respond! Any help is appreciated.

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      My advice is not to touch the 2 bolts on the left again. If it has that much voltage, - I doubt that it is sex toy, but then, I've had some weird ones. Hope somebody comes thru on this as I'm really curious.
    2. AzTom AzTom, 7 years ago
      I don't mean this in an insulting way but it seems ironic that someone would plug a device into a 120v outlet, touch the electrical terminals and think it's a "quack" medical device.
    3. AAntiquities1 AAntiquities1, 7 years ago
      The first time it got it was purely by accident...just glad it didn't hurt worse than it did. I've seen devices like this before and had a good idea of what it was, just confirming my belief, considering the missing wand.
      Thanks for all the help!
    4. AzTom AzTom, 7 years ago
      I was just having fun with it.
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      AA, bet you didn't go quack when you did that! We had a rotating beacon on a tower at & airport & worked at that new bulbs refused to light up. I'm on the steel tower & a ripe 19 yr old with no way to test 440V with me. I decided to play multimeter & swiped a finger across a rotating commutator ring & confirmed that we had 440V! Tower said they saw a puff of smoke & I couldn't even sit up for about 5 mins.!! LMAO!! Luckily, I'm a fast learner! LOL! We all learn, just best to learn from other peoples mistakes!
    6. JBMCQ, 7 years ago
      It say's ozonater - a form of which is in common use today in industry + Swimming pools. It creates an ozone gas by way of the bulb + kills bacteria.
      Common use is to remove tobacco or fire smoke smell from a room or building.
      I'm with everyone else ,good thing you weren't standing in a puddle !
    7. upstatenycollector upstatenycollector, 7 years ago
      Darn, and I thought I'd FINALLY get rid of my carbuncles!!
    8. Pencil-necked-geek Pencil-necked-geek, 7 years ago
      Can't speak directly to this, but will say that many years ago we came across an ozone generator that consisted of a long box with a blue neon tube thingy that sold in a New York second for a really good price. Smelt like a summer thunderstorm and hummed like a transformer when in operation. Does this do anything when plugged in other than zap yer butt?

    9. buckethead, 4 years ago
      Mine is 40s vintage and emits a pleasant ozone odor with a soothing sizzling sound. I'm not one for completing a circuit with my body so I never really got zapped. My advice....don't do that :)

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