Introduction: Microwave Transformer Fun

Warning I take no responsibility for any injuries obtained.
You are doing this at your own risk.
This is to give you the basic idea of wiring for a transformer.

I Will Be using a Microwave transformer.
 

Step 1:

You Need to find your self a transformer.
My choice is a Microwave tranformer.
You Will also need some tape, wire, switch, fuse and a wall plug
The  switch sould be able to take 10amps at 240 AC.
These can all be found in a microwave.

Step 2: Primary Coil Connection

Stat wiring Need to wire the phase wire from the plug to the switch and the neutral to the fuse.
These wires will now go to the Primary coil of the transformer.

Step 3: Secondary Connection

Now we needt to conect the Eath conection from the wall plug to the base for the transformer, We will add a secound cable from the base of the transfomer, This will act as the common Neutral for the high voltage side.
Now we  will add a connection for the phase of of HV side.

Step 4: Have Fun

Turn On the Switchs and you will hear a slight hum, Good sign now get the to Hv wires and touch them together to draw an arc if this works well done.

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supreme_clientel made it!(author)2016-05-26

Brother the instructions weren't done well at all. Thanks, absolutely, for sharing.....but it was more like a poorly written "run through", especially knowing that the careless or improper use of these can kill.

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GergelyN made it!(author)2016-12-16

Aggreed, the poor spelling makes it barely understandable, instructiuns are extremely unclear, like if it was written by a child. This shouldn't be on this site, given high voltage is a very serious business.

I'd love to see this instructable in a rewritten, much more detailed and extended version though, don't misunderstand me.

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bilden made it!(author)2016-03-28

"If this works well done" ???

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supreme_clientel made it!(author)2016-05-26

Right!?

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Free+kill made it!(author)2016-05-08

Wat Switch that you use

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bilden made it!(author)2016-03-28

"We will add a secound cable from the base of the transfomer,".. Where does that one go? To Earth/ground in your home / the wall plug or where?

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rc+jedi made it!(author)2009-12-09

Fun for the whole family! coroner, undertaker, gravedigger, toetag printer, embalmer, hearse driver. Oh,and everyone be sure to  sign the guestbook at the viewing of the body. I screwed around with a neon transformer 20 yrs ago, just be more than careful. It's like a loaded gun. One false move and pow!

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bilden made it!(author)2016-03-28

Thanks for the advice

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Grooby made it!(author)2009-12-09

Yes it can be fun but they need to be careful, if they are beginners and have access to a Power Pack 12VAC would be a better choice than 240VAC

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jbyrns1993 made it!(author)2010-06-25

So if I hook my MOT up to a 12 VAC supply, it will be a lot safer? I think this is just as dangerous, because I calculated my transformer that has 4KV output when 120 is connected, that at 20 VAC, it would still put out 640 volts.

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Grooby made it!(author)2010-06-25

Yes it will be a lot safer, but also make sure you have a current limiting power supply. I recommend about 5amps or less. This should give you about 100watt total on each side. This would leave you with about 0.1amps. Warning this can still kill you if not careful but is still a lot safer than having 4kv. Just be careful. It not the device that can kill you it is the user.

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bilden made it!(author)2016-03-28

Hi

I just salvaged a monstrous transformer from a Dia slide projector (Leitz 1960´s). It is HUGE!!

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ElmerSnagnasty made it!(author)2016-01-05

This is great, I think that people need a very simplified version where it shows black wire to black wire and white to white, how to solder the leads to electrical alligator clips. I could imagine maybe 5 more steps.

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macobt made it!(author)2009-12-09

This is not fun,this is very dangerous........

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Yonatan24 made it!(author)2015-10-18

The words "Fun" and "Dangerous" can be synonyms sometimes :)

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mettaurlover made it!(author)2010-02-20

Actually, that is fun. Just be sure to wear your Faraday Cage suit whilst doing this. Less likely to shock yourself ****less.

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cody316 made it!(author)2010-09-13

Hey pal did you find the fuse in the microwave? and could you possibly upload a picture of the wire with the fuse going to the transformer, thanks :)

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RocketPenguin made it!(author)2010-03-16

can u do this jacobs latter stile?

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python66 made it!(author)2009-12-22

its not so bad, you should be worrying only if you would be messing with wires in basment standing in puddle without yoir shoes. Just make sure the shortest way through your body dont go through your organs. Few months ago i experienced 10kV 15A through my left hand two fingers, only damage was burned skin

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Grooby made it!(author)2009-12-24

What were you using to generate that high voltage and current?

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python66 made it!(author)2009-12-24

I was seting up powerful laser in lab

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lemonie made it!(author)2009-12-09

Your connections look "dodgy", and I don't see much /any consideration for safety. What happens if the HV wires weld themselves together?

L

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Grooby made it!(author)2009-12-09

If the HV wires should weld together turn it off and break them apart.

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lemonie made it!(author)2009-12-10

Turn it off quickly before things start smoking?

L

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Grooby made it!(author)2009-12-10

The quicker you do it the less damage is caused to the transformer

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lemonie made it!(author)2009-12-10

Well yes, and anything/one else too.

L

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Grooby made it!(author)2009-12-09

I Should of said at the start that is dangerous and should be done with care and if possible do it with a lower current and voltage power supply.

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lofty made it!(author)2009-12-09

 "and the neutral to the fuse."

Shouldn't the "live" or "phase" wire go through the fuse ?
Neutral and earth are connected together either at the power station or the distribution box somewhere but anyway, if your fuse was to fail because of a fault with the transformer, because you have earthed the casing, the current can flow from "live/phase" line and through the case of the transformer to earth/neutral.

Just fuse the live/phase line and NEVER fuse the earth.
Stay safe !

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omnibot made it!(author)2009-12-08

OH GODS!! DON'T DO THIS! YOU'LL DIE!!! SRSLY!!!

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The+Ideanator made it!(author)2009-12-08

"Good sign no get the to Hv wires"

"no" should be "to"

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Grooby made it!(author)2009-12-08

Sorry I Missed the "W" in Now sorry will fix it.

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The+Ideanator made it!(author)2009-12-08

No problem, just was wondering what you meant.

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hg341 made it!(author)2009-12-08

no he meant to say
"Good sign now get the two Hv wires"

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microman171 made it!(author)2009-12-08

You might to wear protective clothing when working with one of these...  I'm sure it would have no trouble killing you or injuring you.

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Grooby made it!(author)2009-12-08

Gloves and Rubber Shoes Would be a good idea

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