Re: breaking in caps (fwd)

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Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 09:57:45 +1200
From: Malcolm Watts <MALCOLM-at-directorate.wnp.ac.nz>
To: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
Subject: Re: breaking in caps

Hi Bob,

> From:  yubba [SMTP:yubba-at-clara-dot-net]
> Sent:  Sunday, April 19, 1998 10:10 PM
> To:  Tesla List
> Subject:  breaking in caps
> hi all
>       I am almost ready to start thinking about putting all my bits together.
> The primary is finished ,so is the spark gap. The caps should be ready in a few
> days, havent wound the secondary yet . I was going to do that while waiting for
> the caps to settle in. My question is about breaking in the caps.  Is it ok to
> run the system without the secondary? 

No. It is an excellent way to damage capacitors. A good primary will 
ring for ages.