Monster Cap balanced by Monster Topload?
I have been a fortunate person, and have stumbled into a pair of
wonderfully large caps. Unfortunately too large, unless someone
can give me some tricks.
Cap #1: 0.7uf 40KVDC Maxwell. I figure this, by itself is useless for
tesla coil duty, but I am going to try and leverage into a duplicate
Cap #2: 0.2uf 125KVDC. Manufacturer unknown. Used in some physics
Since I am in the process of building an 8.5" coil, I thought that the .2
would work great there, until I ran the numbers, and found that even with a
6"x60" topload, I could only tap in about 4 - 5 turns. If I recall, bigger
better on the primary inductor, so I can control the surge impeadence of the
How do I boost the capacitance of the secondary without having a topload
in diameter than the streamers I would be throwing? I am assuming something
like stacking toploads, the questions then are:
1) Inter-toroid spacing - how close/far apart need I make them for the best
capacitance, with breakout still possbile
2) How could I compute approximate C value for each additional toroid?
[Even getting the cap size down to 0.1 shows I need only 7 turns :/]
Charging system is capable of delivering 500ma at 14.4KV, so I don't think
I'll have a problem running it (I could be wrong)
Coiler, Homebrewer, Nerd. mycroft-at-access1-dot-net