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Re: [TCML] DC base driven coil
In a message dated 3/12/2008 9:12:25 A.M. US Eastern Standard Time,
>I have just read through the archives and see that the idea is to run the
>coil as standard then allow the arc to discharge caps to ground.
>I am sure however that when I saw the pictures that there was no primary
>involved at all!!! Was it perhaps a magnifier so I only spotted the
I had posted some information about Lou Balint's coil back when
he did the experiment. I don't remember offhand if it was a magnifier
but much of Lou's work involved magnifiers, so it's very possible.
In any case Lou said back then that if the DC cap didn't have a lot
of stored energy in it, then the thicker sparks would only be seen
when the sparks hit a ground. But if the DC cap had more energy
in it, then the sparks were thicker even for free-air sparks. When
he ran the coil at a Teslathon, it had the smaller amount of energy
on the cap because some component had failed (or something)
just before the Teslathon.
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