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RE: Testing your Coil, sans coils.
Original poster: "Lau, Gary by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <Gary.Lau-at-hp-dot-com>
I've done exactly what you seek to do.
It is a very bad idea to run your coil with no secondary in place. The
energy that would normally go into sparks will _mostly_ be burnt up in the
gap, but an unhealthy amount will also go into heating up the tank
capacitor, many times more stress than normal operation.
You didn't say what your power supply is. Mine is a 15/60 NST. I replaced
my primary coil with three series-connected 500 Watt halogen floodlight
bulbs. These are quartz tubes, about 4" long, so they have a good high
voltage standoff. The energy that would normally be sent to the primary
will be harmlessly burnt off as heat and light.
Regards, Gary Lau
>Original poster: "Ken Stevens by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>"
>Is it possible to test your Tank Cap to:
> 1: Determine it's been built OK!
> 2: Make sure neither the bleeders nor caps won't go POP!
>And 3: Set Safety Gaps, MOT gaps, be able to take measurements, and
>neat things like that.
>All of this with out a primary attached (Jumpered), or if the Primary is
>in circuit, no secondary. Basically PSU, Gaps, TC, and maybe Primary.
>I don't want to make big sparks, but I'd like to know that the rest of
>it is OK, before I go further.
>What happens when you run a coil with no secondary? Do you erase all the
>credit cards for 2 blocks??
>Enquiring minds want to know!