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RE: Microwave caps, ideas (fwd)

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Date: Sat, 07 Jul 2007 18:32:08 +0000
From: Jeff Behary <jeff_behary@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: tesla@xxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: Microwave caps, ideas (fwd)


They work really well for the smaller antique Tesla Coils "Violet Ray" 
machines/etc.  The reason is that the original machines used waxed-paper 
caps that were rolled and formed around a self-induction coil between the 
bobbin heads and kind of "squashed to fit" inside of a hard rubber or 
bakelite housings.  These days there are no modern caps that are small 
enough to fit inside these units (can't "squash" a plastic cap too 
easy!)...by coincidence  the microwave caps normally fit well once removed 
from the metal cans and cut to size.  Normally one of these caps will make a 
dozen or more Violet Ray capacitors.

I made a few of them this way before, there is a good photo of them next to 
my cat Io:

For this style Tesla Coil they work really well.

Jeff Behary, c/o
The Turn Of The Century Electrotherapy Museum