I'm building a coilgun. Can I leave the charging circuit on while i fire it or would that damage it?

I've seen videos where the coilgun starts charging immediately after the gun is fired so that makes me think you can just leave the charging circuit on.. But something just doesn't feel right about that. Is it safe to do that or should i turn it off each time before firing it?

benip907 years ago
alowing the charger to continue will act like another source of power in paralel increasing the amps
benip907 years ago
you need to let it stop charging or atleast have a relay to interupt the high voltage to the coils or else you will fry them, ie a light bulb with out the inert gas