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Failed Maxwell cap

Original poster: "Lau, Gary" <gary.lau@xxxxxx>

Yes, I would like to second Ed's request for details on this failure.

Main gap details, presence or absence of safety gap and NST filters in
particular, would be extremely useful to this community.  Please confirm
the cap specs, and as many other coil details as possible?

Regards, Gary Lau

> Original poster: Esondrmn@xxxxxxx
> Ok Mike,
> You are the first, to my knowledge, to report a failure with one of
> Maxwell caps that many of us have.  Can you please give us more
details of
> the system the cap was in when it failed?  Type of gap, number of
> individual gaps, gap spacing, power supply voltage and current,
primary and
> seconday details, etc.  Did it fail with just one cap in the circuit,
> two in parallel, etc?  Was it just the right size to be resonant with
> power supply transformer?
> Thanks,
> Ed Sonderman
> In a message dated 4/27/05 10:15:40 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> tesla@xxxxxxxxxx writes:
> Original poster: "Mike" <mike.marcum@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> They work fine on 12kv nst's (about a dozen 3-5 min runs and still
> in a bigger coil with more in series), explode after a few min on 15kv
> (makes a nice 12" blue/orange fireball tho with a big mess).
> Mike