Re: coil losses
> Original Poster: Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>
> Hi All,
> Here is a list of the losses in a Tesla coil I had laying around. I
> forget the details but the numbers should be fairly typical. I think this
> is an LTR design...
> Primary Neon Windings = 29 watts
> Secondary Neon Windings = 21 watts
> Filter Resistors = 92 watts
> Primary Circuit Loss = 490 watts
> Secondary Circuit Loss = 17 watts
> Power to Arc = 127 watts
> Total = 776 watts
> Note that almost half the coil's energy is being burned up in the gap.
> Capacitor losses and primary coil losses are comparatively low so the gap
> is eating power like mad...
I realized this early on by considering the noise, light and heat in
the gap. BTW, a gap that is loud compared to the secondary discharge
means something can be done to considerably improve output at the
same power level.