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Re: is it safe to touch???
Original poster: Tesla729-at-cs-dot-com
In a message dated 12/9/00 1:27:30 PM Pacific Standard Time, tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
<< Personally, I never touch the arcs off ANY coils. I used to all the time.
However, the more I learn about Tesla coils, the further away I stand...>>
Hi Terry, all,
Amen!! I wish all coilers out there would follow this advice. It's just not
the risk of your life to impress some friends with such silly stunts. Also, I
fear if many individuals start getting injured or killed by their lightning
chines, then the government will decide that it's time to protect us poor
ers from ourselves. I know that the US government would be inclined to do
So please everyone, be careful.
<< Also, beware that the coils we build today are typically far more powerful
than coils built years ago. They are very good at delivering power to arcs
and they are equally good at delivering lethal shocks. MMCs can be made
with just a few caps (like 8) now that have all the killing power of many
big oil caps of years back. As we get better at making even small coils at
high power, the risks only increase. >>
Yes, our coils are getting increasingly compact and lethal; and just a few
pounds of capacitor today can deliver hundreds of joules of energy.