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Re: [TCML] 5" Sparks - Approx 35 watts input power: Tesla was correct!
About 40 years ago I was driving twin antiparallel ignition coils from a 12V
1A through a multivibrator to get perhaps 1 inch sparks. Ie 12 watts per
inch. You are getting 7 watts per inch. No problem with that. The break
rate will determine the power but not the spark length. Drop your break rate
down to 1Hz and your spark length stays the same but power drops to perhaps
only a few watts.
I think people were thinking that you were talking about a "Tesla coil" ie
air cored resonant HV transformer. With a TC, "Break rates" and hence power
are likely to be perhaps 10 times higher higher than a multivibrator
(guessing here), hence power drawn will be 10 times greater. Spark length
tends to be more as a consequence of spark growth than voltage (hence you
see streamers with a TC but not your type of kicker setup).
I suspect "a few people considered this an unrealistic request" were
comparing apples and oranges.
Nice setup BTW.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff Behary" <electrotherapy@xxxxxxxxxxx>
A while back I posted a request to try and replicate Tesla's table top
oscillator that he claimedgave 6" sparks with less than 35 watts of input
power. I think a few people considered this anunrealistic request.
The Turn Of The Century Electrotherapy Museum
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