Re: Tesla coil specs.
Subject: Re: Tesla coil specs.
From: mrbarton-at-ix-dot-netcom-dot-com (Mark Barton)
Date: Sat, 6 Apr 1996 00:55:23 -0800
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This was some time ago, but I know which transformer was used. It was 14,400v /
10KVA pole pig. We were running between 10-15KVA off of 240V/100A residential
mains. Interestingly enough, we were using Maxwell Labs MYLAR (yuk) capacitors.
We picked up about 20 units rated at 0.22uf/50KVDC for $5ea obviously out of a Marx
bank. This was quite a find. They get quite warm (even hot) during extended
operation, but we have never blown one out! We usually used 2 in series for
>Ding,(just chiming in!),
>I'd be very interested in knowing what the input power to Mark's
>system was when it created 18 foot streamers. That 22 Ga. coil had a relatively
>long aspect ratio giving a long air path from end to end, and the wire used had
>considerably more insulation than usually employed.
>Both these factors should allow for considerable input power without self-
>destruction from breakdown. Mark is being modest, 18 foot streamers
>are SOMETHING to be proud of, even if you did use a nuke to make
>them. C'mon Mark, inquiring minds want to know!
>Happy coiling! rwstephens