Well, here is the instructable you have been waiting for!
The device we are going to use to make a power supply for the Marx Generator is called Cockroft-Walton Voltage Multiplier, now that is a lot of words, so what most other people call it is what we are going to call it, the Voltage Multiplier.
This one is a different design from the one I used for my Marx Generator, I was going to post the other design, however, it was quite difficult to build, so I came up with this new design.
The new design has more advantaged over the old design, I will explain them:
- Easy to build
- More efficient
Disclaimer: This project is very dangerous to operate, it generates high voltages (6000 volts). Please do not attempt to build this voltage multiplier unless you are familiar with high voltage. I am NOT responsible what ever happens to you and others with this voltage multiplier.
Step 1: Get the things!!
If your country uses 110v or 120v, get the things as listed:
- 34 1N4007 diodes
- 34 100nF film 200v (or greater) capacitors
- 100mA fuse
- 18 1N4007 diodes
- 18 100nF film 400v (or greater) capacitors
- 100mA fuse
I got the diodes and the fuse from Farnell. I got the capacitors from Maplin, however, the capacitors are no longer stocked at Maplin, But you can still get it from Farnell. Here is a list of things you will need to get if you are going to buy the components from Farnell.
100nF film 400v capacitor
100nF film 200v capacitor