You are right, but let me say how my system works. I installed a inductive
ballast so it would not max out my components. I control my current max
a ballast , my varaic then brings up the voltage, if all things are going
right I can go for max voltage and not blow my transformer.
My "hard-headedness" required me to read and reread many things before it
soaked in. I am a mechanical guy not electrical guy. I know how to make
thing mechanical , I have to think about the electrical parts. Look at my
pictures on Flicker, http://www.flickr.com/photos/kd0zz/, I did not have
think on how to make the variable cap, but the soft start relays on the
power supply was trial and error.
Can some one else jump in and help on this , some times I am not always
From: tesla-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tesla-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Neal Namowicz
Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2008 10:59 PM
To: Tesla Coil Mailing List
Subject: Re: [TCML] mot questions
Thanks to all for your previous replies, and thank you Rich for reminding
about Richie Burnett's site. A lot of info there for me to digest. BUT,
mentioned your "hard-headedness" before, and I'm suffering a bit from
myself. I understand the voltage vs. current part, but at least with
to mots, doesn't controlling the voltage (via variac) also control the
current? Is this just a matter of choosing one type of control over
My point being is that as long as I keep an eye on the amp draw as the
voltage rises, do I still need to ballast?
the auto transformer will control the voltage, a ballast controls
the current flow. So if you run 120V into your system you out put voltage
from your transformers is stable, current flow is controlled by
if you lower the input voltage then the spark gap and other adjustments
change. You can use a MOt for a ballast if you have an extra one.
The link I sent before to Richie's site explains all.
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