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Re: Tesla Coil Capacitors - Why build them?
Original poster: "Daniel McCauley by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <dhmccauley-at-spacecatlighting-dot-com>
> Lots of reasons..
> 1. Most cheap HV caps aren't always suitable for coiling
Actually, the ones from High Energy are perfect for coil use.
> 2. MMC's are self healing (if you get the right kind..)
> 3. Commercially available pulse caps have a big price tag
> and a rather short life span.. shorter if you buy them
Disagree with you on both accounts. Commercially available caps from
vendors such as
NWL, Plastic Cap, High Energy are not too expensive . . . equivalent to MMC
And they really don't have too short of lifetimes. We use all kinds of
pulse caps in high power (>1Megawatt)
radar transmitters and they see much more abuse then any tesla coil would
> 4. If you blow your only cap, then you're stuck.. if you
> blow a few caps in an MMC array, you can replace them..