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In this project I will firstly show you how a common slayer exciter tesla coil kit works and how you can create your own improved version of a tesla coil that is commonly referred to as a SSTC. Along the way I will talk about the driver circuit, how a tesla coil can play music and how we can upgrade the SSTC to a crude DRSSTC to create even longer arcs at the same input voltage. Let's get started!

Step 1: Watch the Videos!

The 3 videos give you a decent overview on what is necessary to do to create your own tesla coil. During the next steps though I will present you some additional and helpful information.

Step 2: Create the Tesla Coil Itself!

If you watched part 1 & 2 of the video series then you should know how I created my tesla coil. Feel free to print the attached motor adapter file and recreate my demonstrated procedure. The only thing I would do different the next time I create such a tesla coil is that I would not use any paint and use a PVC pipe with a bigger diameter for the primary coil so that short circuits between the primary and secondary are not possible.

Visit your next home improvement store for those parts: PVC pipe, wood screws, spar, plywood

And you can use these sellers to get the mandatory wire:

Ebay: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

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Step 3: Create the Driver Circuit!

Here you can find the schematic for the circuit as well as a list with the most important components along with example seller:

Ebay:
4x IGBT: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Arduino Nano:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x 555 Timer IC: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Schmitt trigger: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

2x IR2184 IGBT driver: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

12x UF4007 Diode: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x 7805 Voltage Regulator: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x 7812 Voltage Regulator: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x SD Card Module: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

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1x Arduino Nano: http://amzn.to/2pnWCAE

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2x IR2184 IGBT driver: http://amzn.to/2q6sbPR

12x UF4007 Diode: http://amzn.to/2r68eNa

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1x Arduino Nano: http://amzn.to/2qHLnX5

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1x Schmitt trigger:http://amzn.to/2q9fxhX

2x IR2184 IGBT driver: http://amzn.to/2q98XrV

12x UF4007 Diode: http://amzn.to/2qI6XKW

1x 7805 Voltage Regulator: http://amzn.to/2qI4Xmj

1x 7812 Voltage Regulator: http://amzn.to/2qE8Urn

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Step 4: Upload the Code!

Here you can find the interrupter code for the Arduino. Before uploading it, make sure to download and include these 2 libraries:

https://github.com/greiman/SdFat

https://github.com/TMRh20/TMRpcm

Step 5: Success!

You did it! You just created your own Tesla Coil!
Feel free to check out my YouTube channel for more awesome projects:

http://www.youtube.com/user/greatscottlab

You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for news about upcoming projects and behind the scenes information:

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<p>Hey,GreatScottLab!</p><p>Your design is very nice and helpful!</p><p>After a long period of time,this circuit gave me pretty good results.I have to coils,a big and a smaller next to eachother,connected in series and im using a halfbridge driver with the IR2110 and two IRFP460's.As the input signal I'm using a 555 in astable mode with 2x1k resistors and a 330pF capacitor.The input voltage is around 100VDC open circuit(adapters and transformers in series)and after tuning the secondary's resonance by changing the topload size on the big coil finally gave me some results.With the primary resonant capacitor i get pretty hot arcs,the same size as yours and after insulating the circuit by aluminium foil i get even better.It started drawing around 1 amps(before just around 300mA)and as I move my hand closer,it starts going crazy.If i put my hand closer,and then away,then big,7-8cm arcs starts going to my skin.Of course it hurts but it worth. :)</p><p>Now the problem is with my feedback.I can easily see that it have no feedback,because by moving my hand closer sometimes the arcs gets weaker or completly stops.I tried to use any kind of feedback antenna with different capacitors and diodes in the circuit,but with this setup it gives me very weak output and the current drawn also decreases...Im running the IR2110 without shutdown interrupter(SD tight to ground).</p><p>Have u got some ideas how can I use a feedback for my circuit?Is a problem if one adaptor's negative is grounded to earth and my secondary is also grounded to earth?</p>
<p>When I tried to implement the feedback with the IR2113 (similar to IR2110) I also did not have any luck. Try switching to the IGBT driver that I used (IR2184)</p>
Thanks for the answer!I increased the input voltage to around 130v and i get pretty big arcs.I don't have IR2184 so I will try a CD4046 to generate the signal with the feedback.Also I will upgrade to a full bridge and let's see the results :)<br>Also I can try an IR2153 driver so it will be not needed to use a 555 and a level shifter,but still no feedback...
Awesome again!
<p>Greatscottlab, </p><p>I recently found your channel when you posted part 2 of this series and I subscribed. I am interested in building something like this. When I was in fourth or fifth grade, I was exposed to Tesla coils for the first time by a teacher. Now, I am an engineer and my wife is a fourth grade teacher. I am hoping to use something like this to inspire more kids into STEM. </p><p>Have you tried running your bridge from power mains yet? I did not see that in your videos. I would like to try that in the version I build. But I think I would consider using some isolation between the IGBT drivers and the low voltage portion of the circuit. I work as an applications engineer in the field of isolated drivers for things just like this. </p><p>Thanks for the great instructable.</p><p>Joe</p>
<p>No, I did not try mains voltage yet since my workspace is not big enough. </p>

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