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Re: [TCML] Coil Frequency

I don't know that the frequency so much affects how long the sparks might
reach, but I think you can't go wrong with the adage - bigger is better -
even when the available power is held constant.

Bigger top loads always out-perform smaller top loads, as the higher top
capacitance delivers a larger charge reservoir to feed the spark channel.
Bigger secondary coils have higher inductance, which results in lower
frequencies, which have lower skin-effect losses.  Higher inductance
secondary coils require comparably higher inductance primary coils, which
result in lower spark gap losses due to lower primary currents.

Bigger is better - you can't go wrong!

Regards, Gary Lau

On Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 5:26 PM, Ronald Reeland <ronreeland@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi:
> Is there an preferred Tesla coil frequency to provide the longest
> discharge?
> And maybe a different frequency for longer distances for lighting a
> fluorescent lamp for instance?
> Thanks,
> Ron
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