I'm working on building an electrolysis device in hopes of creating a healthy supply of hydrogen. I tried building a high voltage DC to DC upcoverter based on a tutorial found on instructables. The tutorial made use of the flash circuitry found in disposible kodak cameras. The only problem with this circuit was that it was rated for 3v input otherwise the transistor would burn out. I replaced the transistor with a c2236 transistor I obtained elsewhere. Here is the datasheet for the replacement transistor: http://pdf1.alldatasheet.com/datasheet-pdf/view/212832/TOSHIBA/2SC2236_06.html With the new transistor, I was able to feed 5v from a computer psu without problem. This produced an output of 1000+ V. The power supply said the 5v lines were good for upto 29 A. Just when I thought I was in the clear, another problem occurs. When I hook up the circuit to electrodes (stainless steel forks) in a vat of vinegar/water electrolyte, the voltage between the forks read only 4V! I'm not sure what the problem is so this is where you come in, Physics Forums. My guess is that the electrolyte has too high of a resistance and the circuit is not allowing enough amperage to pass through the electrodes. Please pardon my lack of knowledge as I'm just a high school student working on this project with a friend. Below is the link to the circuit that was constructed. And this is the circuit diagram. Thanks for looking.