Thanks for the response yesterday regarding input power and capacitor
size/rating. I need to decide where to go from here.
Power is what it's all about. I have a primary, secondary and toroid capable
of producing at least six foot discharges. I don't have transformers or
capacitors to support this. I was seriously considering going down to 9kv
and fixing my shorted capacitor. As you stated going down in voltage isn't
really the best answser. I think I need to make some more capacitors. I
want something that I can run at maximum power for 2 to 5 minutes whenever I
want - without worring about ruining something.
I see two options. One is to fix my shorted capacitor and build two more
just like it. Then I would have four .018mfd capacitors that I could use in
series/parallel for .018mfd total. I would feel confident running this
combination at 12kv or 15kv - with only 6 or 7.5kv across each cap. The
other option I see is to make two new capacitors using .090 poly and run
these in parallel for .02mfd. I would think these should stand up to 12kv -
I don't know about 15kv with a high duty cycle.
Comments? Thanks, Ed Sonderman