Re: to quench or not too quench!

A non-quenched gap is a gap where the air is allowed to deionize on its
In a quenched gap, the arc is "blown out" by either a blast of air or a
magnetic field. The advantage of a quenched gap is in larger coils (750
VA or
above, generally), where it allows a higher break rate, as the gap can
refired sooner without causing a continuous arc. This is needed because
without some quench mechanism, the gap would have to be more elaborate,
rotary gaps would be needed at a lower power.

Tesla List wrote:

> Original Poster: mark <moyson-at-tig-dot-com.au>
> Hello again.
> I have made some big changes to my small coil now by adding more turns to
> the secondary and re tunning etc and im getting much better results from
> this small power supply! But, i was just wondering what the diffrence is
> betweeen a quenched and non-quenched spark gap. What is the advantage of a
> quenched spaek gap?

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