bombarders (fwd)

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Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 19:22:30 -0500 (CDT)
From: Larry Bud Melman <gasman-at-althea.a-line-dot-net>
To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Subject: bombarders

>       A bombarder is essentially a very high power NST. They use them when
> making a neon sign to run a lot of power through the tube to heat it up
> so that it does all of its outgassing. Typical specs are 15 kVA or 25
> kVA, almost always 240VAC input. They are basically a "big" transformer
> (an amp at 15 kV) with a variable inductor in the primary to limit the
> current. Sort of like a tesla coil primary supply....

	Surely sounds like a good one!!  I wonder where to get one, and 
how much they cost.  How can they throughput so much power and still be 
small??   Hmmm, I suppose they might *not* be very small...