Re: Beginner Tesla Question

The one in Edmund Scientific uses a conical coil with a small ball for a
terminal, while most coils will use a cylindrical coil with either a
large sphere (like a VDG) or a toroid. I should also not that the one in
ES is very low power, and I don't think it uses the normal TC
configuration, in that it has (I think) mechanical interrupters and extra
low-voltage components. 

At pupman-dot-com you must have seen a few pretty massive coils, used for
some SERIOUS discharges (multiple feet). The ES one puts out only a few
inches, so would be good for small table-top physics demos.

hope this is what you were looking for,

-Grayson Dietrich
"The Electrophile"

On Mon, 30 Aug 1999 18:58:51 -0600 Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com> writes:
> Original Poster: ReekingRat-at-aol-dot-com 
> I just became interested in Tesla Coils a little while ago. I've 
> seen 
> pictures at pupman-dot-com, and other websites. I also saw a picture of 
> a Tesla 
> Coil in Edmund Scientific. In Edmund Scientific, it looks like an 
> upside-down 
> ice cream cone of coiled wire. At pupman-dot-com, they look almost 
> identical to a 
> Van de Graf Generator. What is the difference between the two, and 
> how are 
> they used differently?
> Thanks,
> Jamie.

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