Re: first TC

Just built my first TC and have a question.
I built a beer bottle and salt water cap and it
seems to arc inside the bottles, is this normal
or could it be to small.I am powering it with a 4000
volt neon and wanted to check before upping to a
15000 volt neon.right now i'm getting only 4in.sparks.

I've never built a beer bottle/NaCl-H2O cap, but I have watched a glass
plate cap of mine arc.  Bad news!  After a few pops, it shattered a couple
plates.  I.e. Arcs == Bad.  If you can afford to do it, you should make
yourself a rolled capacitor.  You can get the instructions from the ftp
site (ftp.funet.fi /pub/sci/electrical/tesla)  For me, they have been
economical and rugged.  I have used 15kV neons and now use a 14400V pole
pig and have had no trouble with the rolled cap I made.


 Chip Atkinson 
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