Re: Welders

In a message dated 96-04-22 11:43:42 EDT, you write:

>How do you use a welder in Tesla coil applications.
>Do you use it for a ballast?  Or as a power supply?


Arc welders are used as ballast to limit the current through the primary of a
pole pig (power distribution transformer) when used as the primary power
supply for a Tesla coil.  The spark gaps act like a dead short across the
transformer and will cause the primary of the pole pig to draw unlimited amps
without some way to limit the current.

Ed Sonderman