YOU CAN'T BE TOO SAFE. That why I am still alive. I don't take any chances
with this capacitor bank. I never trust anything no matter what it is until
I have tested it several times first and then I still don't trust it. I
always use a 50' extension cord to power up the capacitor. If the capacitors
decide to self destruct I am 50' away. I know there is enough power stored
up in the caps that if anyone touched it they would never know what happened.
Instant death. It scares me even when I am being safe. I got it out this
summer and discharged it twice. Sounds like a stick of dynamite going off. It
had been several years sence I discharge it before. Thnaks for the safety
Tesla List wrote:
> Subscriber: Benson_Barry%PAX5-at-mr.nawcad.navy.mil Thu Jan 16 22:51:08 1997
> Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 07:18:00 -0500 (EST)
> From: Benson_Barry%PAX5-at-mr.nawcad.navy.mil
> To: tesla-at-poodle.pupman-dot-com
> Subject: trigger
> Hi Gary & all,
> Be forewarned that large capacitor banks
> can kill and at the very least mutilate the
> unwary experimenter. Have at least two
> people present: one to push your body off
> the live capacitors with a 2 by 4 and the other
> to call the fire department to put out the flames!
> Resuscitation is often useless for the chared
> remains from such accidents. Forget about
> insurance coverage for the crater in your
> drive way!!
> I have a 1 uF capacitor that I charge up to
> 10 kV and trigger with a 3 electrode spark gap
> (trigatron) fired with an HEI ignition coil fired
> with a 20 uF capacitor charged to 500v
> switched with a 600v, 35 A SCR for
> exploding wire experiments. This method will work
> for your setup. Put the capacitor bank
> behind 1" thick plexiglas, lexan, or plywood.
> Ground everything very well. Have a shorting stick
> with insulated handle, safety glasses, and ear protectors.
> Put the biggest bleader resistor you can find across
> the capacitor bank. Your load should not exceed
> the current rating of the capacitors. For maximum
> aural effect use a #40 wire as a load. For pulsed Tesla
> coil magnifier experiments use an intermediate
> impedance matching transformer (magnifier driver?).
> I cannot assume any responsibility for your evicerated
> and incinerated entrails should you fail to follow
> OSHA safety guidelines. Be careful!!!!!!!!
> [ While this may _seem_ off topic, it isn't really, as safety is
> a primary concern for the tesla coiler. -- Chip]