Re: transformers

Tesla List wrote:
> >From baronin-at-post.crc.cra-dot-com.auWed May  8 21:44:49 1996
> Date: Wed, 08 May 96 15:02:00 est
> From: "Baroni, Nicholas" <baronin-at-post.crc.cra-dot-com.au>
> To: engtes <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
> Subject: transformers
> Hi all,
> Last week end, I bought some of what I thought were neon transformers. The
> only markings on them were "mains" stamped beside a terminal block and
> "Lamp" beside each of two ceramic insulators.  I only paid $5 each so I was
> willing to risk it. The only problem is, the one I tested only puts out 900
> odd volts.
> Firstly, is it likely that they are breaking down internally or is 900 V a
> typical running voltage for some lamp I'm not aware of?
> I've frozen one and broken it out of the pitch. It is currently sitting in a
> bucket of diesel. It  has definate internal tracking  problems with a HV
> winding to mains resistance of about 23 M.
> Secondly, if the boxes tey are in are 8" long by 4" square, what sort of
> power output are they likely to be capable of? How big is a typical 900 VA
> neon?
> Thanks in advance,
> Nick Baroni.
> baronin-at-post.crc.cra-dot-com.au

I have a 4 x 5 x 9 unit which is rated at 270 va.