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Re: welder power source

Original poster: DRIEBEN@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


No, the voltage output of a stick welder is FAR too
LOW for this purpose! What you are probably referring
to is the use of a stick welder as a ballast for a
large, non-magnetically shunted transformer, like a
pole "pig" distribution transformer or large plate
transformer to power a Tesla coil. The input of the
welder is simply placed in series with the low voltage
input of a high voltage step-up transformer, like a
pole pig. This limits the current output of the
step-up transformer, even under dead short conditions
so that it won't smoke the electrical wiring of your
house and possibly your house with it ;^O You can
find out more about this in the list artchives under

David Rieben

David Rieben

----- Original Message -----
From: Tesla list <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Monday, January 3, 2005 11:21 pm
Subject: welder power source

> Original poster: Bobby Amaya <dimon20042004@xxxxxxxxx>
> Hi everyone,
> Has anyone ever heard of using the outputs of a stick
> welder to power a tesla coil because that is what I am
> thinking of doing. Please e-mail me at
> dimon20042004@xxxxxxxxx
> Thanks,
> =====