Re: Small scale coils

           Re: Small scale coils
           Sun, 30 Mar 1997 20:25:34 -0800
           David Trimmell <dwt-at-efn-dot-org>
           Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>


>"Would a neon survive the strong

>Not in a million years!  I blew out a 15KV 60 ma in 1 minute 15 seconds
>operation!  There is fearsome interaction taking place and the high
>impedance secondary of a neon is just a great sink for a lot of loose
>circuit power.
>R. Hull"

Now, Richard don't scare off the folks! Neons are indeed de minimus
tranformers! But they are the most easily obtained HV units around. At
least in the <200 Lb rainge.
 I fried three 9kV-at-60mA neons in a day playing with my Magnifier once.
That was just over a year ago. Since then I use RF protection and
(fingers crossed) have not lost a single neon. Neons work just fine
powering Magnifiers. Perhaps the dependibilty curve does drop rather
noticably, but who I their right mind would use a transformer with hair
thin windings in Tesla Coil sevice and expect dependabilty?!

David Trimmell