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Re: MOT, and doubler

Original poster: "Matt Shayka by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <flyboxboy-at-hotmail-dot-com>

I don't think that they have to be identical to be used in series-I have 
done this before. But when you hook them in series you are somewhat 
compromising the insulation of the secondaries. So I don't recommend putting 
any more than two in series. You get Pole Pig look-alike arcs from these 
things and they are deadly so be careful. On an average MOT I can pull out a 
6" inch arc max for about 2sec. If I recall right I was able to get 10" from 
two without a ballast but it tripped the breaker in my safety box almost 
immediatly. Well, good luck scrounging and be careful.

Matt Shayka
Geek#1127 G-1

>My house has 20amp fuses. It is an old house. I was trying it with a 
>ladder, not enough voltage though. I was using a coathanger on the end of a
>pvc rod to start the arc a little higher up on the ladder. The MOT gets 
>to hot after a minute, but seems ok. Unfortunatly after I finished playing
>around and turned off the power off, I picked the rod up by the coathanger,
>ouch. It was just this morning but doesn't hurt any more. I'm most happy to
>have found this transformer. Tomarrow night everyone puts garbage out for
>pick up so I might find another MOT. When I put two in series do they have 
>be identical or not?
>In a message dated 5/26/01 2:30:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
> >
> > Mark,
> >
> > I have played around with MOTs. They are very small compared to NST's 
> > they pack a whalloping punch. I have run one MOT unballasted for about
> > 10sec. before it tripped a 15A breaker. I was running it on a JL. It 
> > the coat hanger leads very badly on the fist two runs. On the third run 
> > arc got stuck and melted the led in half.(each time i wanted to make a 
> > with it I had to reset the breaker. I recommend to build a control box 
> > has all sorts of switches and breakers in it. Put in breakers that are
> > rated
> > 5A below the mains breakers so  you don't have to fumble around in the 
> > for the mains. This way it trips the box and not the mains, did I 
> > you yet?)]
> >
> > My $.02
> >
> > Matt Shayka
> > Geek#1127 G-1
> >

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