Re: ignitron tubes
Tesla List wrote:
> >hi! wanted to see if anyone in the group has had any experience using
> >ignitron tubes in "big coils",i have a couple that i'm going to use on
> >my 18,000 watt coil, anyone got any ideas?
> > tnx bill ...hb-at-earthlink-dot-net
> Hi Bill,
> I believe that the general concensus 'round these parts' is that
> ignitron tubes are not suitable for use in Tesla coils of any size
> because the turn off (deioinization) time is far too long. This is a
Someone had asked several weeks ago about the identity of some mystery
tubes. They were found to be thyratrons, but the normal mercury vapor
type. However, as I said, I understand that there are "hydrogen"
thyratrons that are very fast and would be suitable for Tesla coil gap
replacement. (although I wouldn't want to use one that had 02 leaking
into it, ha) But, I've never seen any on the surplus market- nor do I
have any specs for any- were probably only used for exotic gov
projects back during the Cold War. Rob.