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Original poster: "Paul B. Brodie" <pbbrodie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

I just got some 1.0 mF 2500WVAC MO caps that I am planning to use to drive an ignition coil the way you describe off the 120 mains in series with a 600 watt dimmer. You say you pulled 30 amps. Did this trigger your circuit breaker? Are there any "anomalies" I need to look out for that you can warn me about? My ignition coils are very robust racing coils from my drag racing days. Three of them are rated at 50 kV and one is rated 60 kV. They are much larger than standard coils and contain a lot of cooling oil. I believe I can stress them pretty hard without worrying about burning them up. Even if I kill one, I have 4! You mention line glitches. Do I need to put an EMI filter between the plug and the dimmer to protect my house wiring? Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Regards.
Think Positive

----- Original Message ----- From: "Tesla list" <<mailto:tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>tesla@xxxxxxxxxx> To: <<mailto:tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>tesla@xxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Monday, April 18, 2005 9:24 PM Subject: Re: BIGGG COIL'S NEW PROBLEM

> Original poster: Ed Phillips <<mailto:evp@xxxxxxxxxxx>evp@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> "Kevin,
> Glad you found it before the house burned down. . . . .
> Using a capacitor to drop line voltage / limit current is the new rage
> - transformer less battery charger. The only trouble with the design
> is the value cap used for x amps of current is figured at 60 cycles,
> you had a LOT of high frequency noise on the line, current went up,
> and as Brian stated it so Politically Correct "caused premature
> failure"
> Might want to think about a filter to ground out any high freq. on the
> line, I've got one on the leg feeding my barn to keep the Wart Hog at
> bay.
> Nice to hear that the BIGGG COIL is back on line."
> When I was playing around with a "light dimmer - capacitor - ignition
> coil" spark generator (series connected directly to the line) I measured
> the peak currents as over 30 amps. This was for a 2 ufd capacitor on a
> 120 volt circuit. I can imagine lots of line "glitches" with bigger
> capacitors and higher voltages.
> Ed
> P.S. Glad your damage wasn't worse than it was.