Re: DUMMY Load (fwd)
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Date: Sat, 25 Jul 1998 11:10:33 -0400
From: B**2 <bensonbd-at-erols-dot-com>
To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Subject: Re: DUMMY Load (fwd)
I drew a 2 kW (54+ACI-) arc (rotary)from my coil with a fluorescent tube in my
right hand. My arm got very hot. I wouldn't recommend the experience.
I have taken discharges up to 1 kW with static gap systems. There is very
little sensory manifestation.
Be very certain that the secondary is grounded.
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Date: Friday, July 24, 1998 2:24 AM
Subject: Dummy Load (fwd)
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+AD4-Date: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 08:48:14 +-100
+AD4-From: +ACI-Gregory R. Hunter+ACI- +ADw-ghunter+AEA-enterprise-dot-net+AD4-
+AD4-To: 'Tesla List' +ADw-tesla+AEA-pupman-dot-com+AD4-
+AD4-Subject: Dummy Load
+AD4-How much Tesla coil spark can one safely terminate into one's carcass?
+AD4-I'm asking because when I was a kid I saw a photo in a book of a child
+AD4-drawing an arc from a Tesla coil with a butter knife. Looked like she was
+AD4-pulling about a 6+ACI- spark from a table top coil. This photo so colored my
+AD4-thinking that I routinely tested my early coils in this manner, confident
+AD4-that the +ACI-skin effect+ACI- (described in the same book) would protect me. So
+AD4-what is the safe power limit for this sort of thing? I've pulled arcs
+AD4-from homebrew coils (up to 380VA) by letting the spark jump to a metal
+AD4-object in my hand. I've never been shocked or burned. I'm afraid to try
+AD4-it with my 450VA coil. Should I be? Is there an upper power limit--or a
+AD4-lower frequency limit--where this is no longer safe?
+AD4-Reluctant to be a Dummy Load in Beck Row, UK