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Some of you are asking me to post an instructable about how to make an high voltage power supply to power the Marx Generator on this instructable.
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
However, the new design has one disadvantage, it requires mains electricity, but that is not very much a problem, we can just add fuse (and safety resistors if you want). At least it is easier to build!

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.
 
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Step 1: Get the things!!

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Depending where you live, get the things that will be suitable to your mains power..

If your country uses 110v or 120v, get the things as listed:
  • 34 1N4007 diodes
  • 34 100nF film 200v (or greater) capacitors
  • 100mA fuse

If your country uses 220v or 240v, get the things as listed:
  • 18 1N4007 diodes
  • 18 100nF film 400v (or greater) capacitors
  • 100mA fuse

The X2 capacitors will also work well, that is what I used for this voltage multiplier.

(UPDATE)
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.
1N4007 diodes
100nF film 400v capacitor
100nF film 200v capacitor
100mA fuse
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what is this part?

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that is fuse

guys am from India i had a doubt that shall i connect this directly to 230v ac or want to step down it? please say me because i made it but it doesn't give output

guys am from India i had a doubt that shall i connect this directly to 230v ac or want to step down it? please say me because i made it but it doesn't give output

guys am from India i had a doubt that shall i connect this directly to 230v ac or want to step down it? please say me because i made it but it doesn't give output

guys am from India i had a doubt that shall i connect this directly to 230v ac or want to step down it? please say me because i made it but it doesn't give output

ramin1104 months ago

can i use polyester capacitor instead of film capacitor with same volt?

vaL research6 months ago

Garba Babaji et al published in 2009 an article titled, "design and construction of a 12kV dc power supply." With this power supply he actively pumped a dye laser from his laboratory constructed nitrogen laser (which are most efficient at 10-25kV). I built two of these cockcroft-walton generators and they saturate at the third stage (for 0.1 microFarad 400V film capacitors). This being mentioned because capacitance is reported by Babaji et al as improving saturation voltages and shifting to further stages. I ordered 1000V, 4.7microFarad capacitors both film and polarized aluminum which achieve 3000V unsaturated experimental voltage by the 16th stage. My laboratory prepared a detailed report which agrees with Babaji et al's results. My 5 and 9 stage power supply will still be very useful for dc microplasma research. I do not know how to upload pdf documents or I would post both documents for your convenience. I measured with a 2Gs/s oscilloscope and digital multimeter from one output to each stage.

A dc to dc converter is required to produce high voltage dc. I have never built one myself as they are reasonably priced. This is a desirable mode for research because a $60 low ripple laboratory variable output power supply will usually have output voltage control and current control which after the dc/dc converter gives good results with complete variable control.

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Smartguydude6 months ago
Ac is easier dude, just connect it to mains
dudes6 months ago

will it work with DC input instead of AC?

Smartguydude6 months ago
Do u guys think its ok if i use 1uf caps
mr-hossein7 months ago

thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks

veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood.

shahina8 months ago

can we use the same high voltage power supply shown above for simple marx generator ?

vishalme9 months ago
can I get ac output if I replaces all the diode with resistances. .
reply soon.
todybog10 months ago
what is the tolerance of the capacitors
pedroSB11 months ago
I can use it for a flies killer? I just want to go a 1000V 3 stages are ok? or maybe 4 stages? and when I will plug on the wall socket I don't know which is hot and neutral conductors... when I will plug on the wall socket, don't have a problem if I change the hot and neutral conductors? Sorry for my bad english...
When i solder, why are all the joints not shiny? like, they aren't smooth, they aren't shiny.......

You probably have dry solder joints. Make sure your iron is hot enough, apply the iron to what you want to solder, then apply solder to the joint, not the iron. Then make sure the joint stays still for a short time after you're done soldering.

You might also have something mucking up the joint, like oils from your skin or oxidation. Clean it up with rubbing alcohol before you solder.
Lead-free solders are also less shiny than leaded solders in general and require a hotter soldering iron than leaded solder, it is possible your local store has been bit by the RoHS bug and replaced leaded solder with lead-free.
try a hotter slodering iron. its not hot enough.
Hi, Good tutorial but can we have outputting terminals at +3kv -3kv instead of ground: -6kv?
thanks for the instruction! i've made my own power supply with a little difference,
i use 200 mA fuse and ceramic capacitor and everything work as well
edrichhans1 year ago
Is it possible if i dont use a film cap? Say a ceramic one?
willstr12 years ago
is it possible to create a semi variable version if I had a way to change which stage it connects to?
like if i connected at the beginning and between 20 and 21 would that lower the voltage but keep the other stages so that I could switch to a higher voltage if i need it (of course shutting down and unplugging and waiting (so that all charge is gone in the capacitors) before doing the transfer) or would that mess up the components that aren't in use?
Also is it possible to add more stages and get a higher voltage? I need 10+kv for a ion lifter.
yes to the second one but as for the first one it would only discharge as you switched it it would still work though if you don't mind waiting for it to charge again
Why do we have to use a 100mA fuse exactly? Could we use one with another value, like for example 500mA? What would be a the difference?
i didn't use a fuse when i made mine, and my little brother decided to short the input voltage... he got a big yellow spark and decided it looked cool. i kept hearing a bang in there so i went to check it out and i got there right as he blew the breaker. then my dad made me take it apart.
Hey! If i have a little stun gun that make 100v from 2 batteries and i want more voltage.
You think it will work if i put one voltage multiplier like this?
: ( old post, better late than never, if its AC then yes but i doubt it. its most likely DC if it came from 2 batteries.
mshbi1 year ago
After I made mine and measured the voltage it measured the same as the input. Anyone know what is wrong?
正安1 year ago
I use a variac transformer which can output 0~260VAC(5A) and then connect a Cockroft Walton Voltage Multipliers which use camera capacitor 104/1KV and 1N4007 as diode.
I made it series connection about 10 stages,theoretically it can output 10X(input voltage),but I didn't get that much. Here is my situation:
10VAC→100VDC
20VAC→180VDC
30VAC→240VDC
40VAC→300VDC
50VAC→360VDC
60VAC→400VDC
70VAC→450VDC
80VAC→500VDC
90VAC→520VDC
100VAC→560VDC
Is there anything wrong?Why can't i get that 10 times voltage?
kanni13032 years ago
I tried this one but it is not working.
I used
2G104J capacitor and
IN4007 diode
with 200mA fuse
and power supply from mains, I live in INDIA
and my supply is ~230V
Quyzi2 years ago
Does it matter if hot and neutral are swapped? I can't find a polarized plug :(
hi,how much is one stage ?plz tell me(sorry for my language)
Every stage adds another input onto the output (if each stage consists of two capacitors and two diodes). If there were only one stage then the output would be double the input. Every stage you add after that adds another input voltage onto the output.
AChillyDog2 years ago
Could i use 6000 volts to make it put out huge voltages?
You would need caps rated for much higher voltages if you did that.
hi,how much is one stage?
Dreistein2 years ago
hey i'd like to make a device i can attach to say my foot ,that if i touch someone they would get a shock basically like when you walk with socks over a carpet but the effect is automated. A guy made an ible http://www.instructables.com/id/The-mini-electrostatic-generator/ where he makes what im describing but its not very detailed. any ideas?
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