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Original poster: "BunnyKiller by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <bigfoo39-at-telocity-dot-com>
Tesla list wrote:
> Original poster: "Tim by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>"
> Hi to All, My name is Tim Walrath. I am endeavoring to build my first
> Tesla Coil. I have purchased a 15000 volt neon sign transformer that
> puts out 450VA at 30MA. I am wanting to build my own capacitors.
Welcome to the world of tesla coiling.... I started coiling about 2
years ago (
before the advent of MMC's) and I spent a fortune on makng my own caps (
made all kinds of caps , plate caps rolled caps, air gap caps, etc... they
all blew up,
fried, died... The MMC ( multi mini cap ) is definately the way to go !!!
it will last
longer than 15 seconds and will cost alot less "in the long run" true the
investment does seem a bit pricey ( about 100$ for a decient one) but that
is alot less
than 400$ and finally the cost for a "real" cap that could easily set you
when building your MMC, keep in mind that you will need to keep the cap
leads at least 1
- 1.5" apart, use a good insulative mounting board, and position the bleed
properly to reduce the risk of flashover.
there are several websites which have some decient plans for MMC's. Check
site, he has a wealth of info on caps and other data that has helped me out
the other part of the coil that takes a beating is the spark gap.... (
not to be
ringing my bell but... ;) )
the SD gap is a well designed gap for lower power coils such as yours I
still has pix of it on his site.
for some other info check out http://members.telocity-dot-com/~bigfoo39/