Re: Condenser Products capacitor
Subject: Re: Condenser Products capacitor
From: Scott Myers <scotty-at-wesnet-dot-com>
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 1996 09:28:19 -0500
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Hello Jim Fosse,
> Great job, I'm waiting for a catalog and specs on your caps from
> Condenser Products.
My exact capcitor is:
*note - The units that I ordered from Condenser Products have one modification. The connection
stud is one size oversize. The standard is 3/8". The ones I ordered were shipped with 1/2".
This was to increase current capability and increase Q that tiny little bit more.
> What type of homebrew caps were you using before? and what size of
> discharges did you get with them?
The units I was using before were plate style capacitors made with HD polyethylene and heavy duty
Aluminum Foil. They worked very well, but I only had a maximum of .001 uF capacitance. I hadn't
built one for in excess of 10,000 VAC. So, the voltage I was running was a mere 6000 and 9000
VAC. The longest sparks with this system was 2.5'. But that was with less than 1000 VA input.
I just didn't have enough capacitance to load my coils with enough terminal capacitance to get
where I wanted to be. I didn't have the time to build more of the plate style capacitors. It
EATS the time making them. I had the material (and still do), but decided that for the price,
you can't beat a commercial unit. It is not cheap to make a homebrew unit. It costs at least
half as much as buying a commercially made unit. If you factor in the time you spend, it is
actually cheaper to buy them.