Re: transformers

At 01:09 PM 5/9/96 -0600, you wrote:
>>From Esondrmn-at-aol-dot-comThu May  9 12:58:07 1996
>Date: Thu, 9 May 1996 13:56:16 -0400
>From: Esondrmn-at-aol-dot-com
>To: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
>Subject: Re: transformers
>In a message dated 96-05-09 00:28:10 EDT, you write:
>>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 
>>Thanks in advance,
>>Nick Baroni.
I'd guess you latched onto some flourscent ballast transformers.

Jim Leonard