[TCML] How to use an arc welder as a ballast?
drieben at comcast.net
Mon May 5 06:37:44 MDT 2008
Yup, my bad, forgot to mention shorting the welding leaeds ;^/
I think Greg Hunter has now also posted a response that men-
tions this aspect.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lau, Gary" <Gary.Lau at hp.com>
To: "'Tesla Coil Mailing List'" <tesla at pupman.com>
Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2008 9:54 AM
Subject: RE: [TCML] How to use an arc welder as a ballast?
I have never attempted to use a pig nor looked into how to ballast one, so
take my comment with a grain of salt. But I thought I recall that the LV
welding electrodes need to be shorted together? Could be important...
Regards, Gary Lau
> -----Original Message-----
> From: tesla-bounces at pupman.com [mailto:tesla-bounces at pupman.com] On
> Behalf Of David Rieben
> Sent: Saturday, May 03, 2008 11:47 PM
> To: Tesla Coil Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [TCML] How to use an arc welder as a ballast?
> Hi Marcus?
> Simply wire the 240 volt input of your welder in series with the 240
> volt input bushings on the side of the pig. Then turn the current selector
> of your welder to the desired level (most will turn it to the 225 amp
> selection, or wide open) and this should allow about 50 amps or so
> of current flow into the pig when its high voltage output bushings are
> shorted with a Jacob's ladder.
> David Rieben
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "marcus masencup" <mmasencup at gmail.com>
> To: <tesla at pupman.com>
> Sent: Saturday, May 03, 2008 4:55 PM
> Subject: [TCML] How to use an arc welder as a ballast?
> >I am stepping up to pole pigs after years of using NST's. I have read
> > everything I can find online and for me it seems that an arc welder is
> > the
> > easiest way to add the current limiting and ballast I need to run the
> > 10kva
> > pole pig I have. What I can't find is how I need to wire the arc welder
> > up
> > with the pole pig? Any help on how to wire this would be great, thanks!
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