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Re: Ignition coil burned?

Original poster: "Gregory Hunter by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <ghunter31014-at-yahoo-dot-com>

Some ignition coils have an internal ballast resistor.
 Perhaps yours did and you smoked the resistor.  Just


--- Tesla list <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com> wrote:
> Original poster: "Greg by way of Terry Fritz
> <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <wonkothesane-at-mediaone-dot-net>
> Hello,
>            I'm new to HV tinkering, today I hooked
> an ignition coil via the
> dimmer
> switch, capacitor, 120V AC set up. This worked fine
> for about 20 seconds
> until a
> large poof of smoke exited from the coil. The smoke
> smell is a combo of
> burned oil
> and electrical fireish stench. So my guess is that I
> exceeded the max
> voltage for
> the coil? Is this a correct guess? any feed back
> would be appreciated. Also I
> grounded the dimmer, would this be a problem? It's
> different from the
> setups I have
> seen

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