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Original poster: "James" <mustang3-at-cox-dot-net>
I felt that i needed to reply to this one. I think a GFI is necessary
for Tesla coil use. I believe the GFI reduces your "smoke production". All
of my toob coiling is done on a circuit protected with a GFI(RCD to you
downunder types). I have seen arcs in the Tesla coil interior and off goes
the GFI. I think you have a lot of RFI going out of your coil. You prolly
need to work on keeping that RFI out of the power wires. I have had sucess
with the Corcom power filters. Watch your currrent. The filter is rated in
RMS. I try to over-size by 30% or so.
The new magie is coming along well. L1 & L2 are wound on a 48 dia. X 31"
high form. L1 is 3/8 copper pipe, 15 turns. L2 is #10 THHN, 100 turns, wound
above L1. Hooked up as autotransformer(Odin coil). L3 is an old
secondary(ex-toob coil) I got laying around. It's about 6" X 24" wound with
#27 wire. Gotta make the monster toroid for it. 12" X 40" maybe even
larger. Then, the next item to make is the L1,L2 toroid. About 4" X 48" in
size. This big stuff is a PIA to wind, move, or store. I'm still a couple of
weeks of fireing it though.
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From: "Tesla list" <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2004 9:17 AM
> Original poster: "Peter Reid" <peter-at-reidconsulting-dot-com.au>
> Just wondering how many other people are running medium sized (13kw) tesla
> coils from circuits protected by RCD's (Earth Leakage Detectors).
> I have a 30mA RCD on the circuit dedicated to my coil. I am sure that this
> has saved me lots of money, as during initial testing, when ever there was
> a problem with tuning the RCD would instantly trip. Now however I am
> running at much higher power levels, and I am wishing there wasn't an RCD
> there. It seems to trip unexpectedly.
> Has anyone else had similar experiences?
> Peter Reid
> Email: <mailto:peter-at-reidconsulting-dot-com.au>peter-at-reidconsulting-dot-com.au