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Re: Newbie Question - Capacitors
Original poster: "Terry Fritz" <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>
See the following link to get started:
The geek group has by far the best buy on caps even if you do have to wait
awhile. They also have this handy chart about how many caps you need for your
They have sold like 5000 of them and I guess they got orders for 2000 more...
sort a take a hint there :-)) I would get 10 or 22 depending on your gap
type. I would have a hard time recommending any "others" these days.
For the bottles, don't use more than 40 :-)) but use a LOT of them...
At 07:59 PM 2/13/2002 -0500, you wrote:
> Hey guys,
> I am pretty new to tesla coil building.
> I already understand the concept, and have my transformer ready to go.....(I
> already fried a few computer parts..hehe)
> Anyway, I am having trouble figuring out what type of capacitor I need.
> I have a 15kV 60mA NST
> I read about Bottle caps, Rolled caps, tank caps, MMC caps, Geek group caps
> (Shipping takes up to 5 months for these...)....etc.etc
> From what I have read, MMC caps seem to be the best.
> I am collecting some bottles in the mean time, (SOBE Black Tea, and some
> Stubbs Barbeque Sauce bottles) but tend to lean toward the MMC's
> Can anyone tell me what the best would be for the 15kV 60mA NST?
> I ran TESLAC, and it recommended Max Primary Capacitance of .0075
> u.f.d....and a Voltage rating of 37,500 (if I run a static spark
> gap).....does this seem correct??My local (well not that local...)electronics
> store only has caps rated at..
> .0082 2000vdc
> .0068 2000vdc
> .0056 2000vdc
> .0022 2000vdc
> These were the only ones they had rated over 1600v....
> Can any of these be useful??
> They were around a $1 a shot.....
> If they can be useful, how many would I need, and in what configuration??
> Thanks alot....
> newbie coiler,
> Jaime Banse