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Though I really don't know how it works and why, but I've heard a few
times now (partially from the list), that chokes cause more harm than good.
I have yet to replace mine with a better setup, and I wish I could remember
off the top of my head who told me about the chokes so I could refer you to
him. My ignorance aside, I wanted to ask if your dimmer switches were rated
high enough to handle the power draw from your ignition coil. I burned up a
600W (standard) dimmer switch with my 15kV60ma NST. No surprise there. I
use 1000W dimmers now with built in RF filters, one for each NST if I use
more. Cost me $40 each at Home Depot, but I had money in my pocket and it
was burning a hole. Again..wish I could help with the choke issue, but I'm
fairly clueless on how they work. I do what I read and follow instincts.
Take care and be safe.
----- Original Message -----
From: Tesla list <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Sent: Saturday, October 07, 2000 2:14 PM
Original poster: "Jeremiah" <jmeizis-at-metallicafan-dot-com>
I have been messing with my little ignition coil setup with the light
dimmer and i keep burning them up. I thought about how people put safety
gaps and rf chokes on the lines of their regular size coils and i thought
that maybe i had the same problem with rf getting back through the lines???
If i were to make my own chokes how would i go about doing that. I have
seen pictures of chokes on peoples web pages where they say that they have
wraped wire around pvc pipe and made air chokes. Would that work, could i
wrap it on a small piece kind of like winding it on a toroidial coil? What
kind of wire would i want to use? How would i calculate inductance and
stuff like that. What are the advantages of winding it like so ------ or
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