RE: Getting Started
While I am not an Engineer, I am studing for an EE degree. I guess its not too
late for a 34 year old.
>Now I'm looking to build my first Coil. My wife ( an Engineer Also ) wants
>to build a Jacobs Ladder too.
>Any Ideas where to find the Transformer for a Jacobs Ladder?
Thats an easy one. Call a few neon sign shops. Some will keep a few used ones
around. Many shops have given them to me. If they wont give you one, they
should sell them used for between $20-$30. I use these to power primaries in
Tesla coils. I have also built a few Jacob's Ladders with them. With some 6
gauge copper, you can have one done in about 10 minutes.
I suggest using a 12 KV or 15 KV neon. The 60 mA version is best, but a 30 mA
will do. These voltages are best for both the Jacobs ladders and Tesla coils.
The lower voltages reduce the performance accordingly.