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Re: [TCML] Tesla Coil?

Greetings Will

I'd have another perspective re the low AC voltage from a single MOT and how to use this cheap and very plentiful Tesla resource. While 2kV or so in a classic AC spark gap design is so low that gaps are tricky my view is that the appropriate configuration to use with a single MOT is DC resonant charging. There are many successful single MOT DC designs similar to that of Steve Connor (Scopeboy) at http://scopeboy.com/tesla/tc2schem.html

This design delivers 20kV to the primary capacitor from a single MOT My single MOT coil (of that design) and similar ones I've seen all produce arcs over 2 feet. See Also Mike's version at http://www.capturedlightning.org/hot-streamer/drilling/dcconstruct.html

Good luck and I can only endorse those safety message with MOT's, like all HV non current limited transformers they are dangerous.

Good luck
Ted in NZ


On 2013-12-23, at 22:40, David Speck <Dave@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


If you are getting 12" sparks with a single MOT for a power transformer, I'd say that you are really doing very well. The general consensus on the list is that MOTs are difficult for TC use because their voltage is so low that it's hard to get a gap to fire without very finicky adjustments.

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