In this Step-By-Step process I will explain

1. How a Spark Gap Tesla Coil works.
2. The parts you will need.
3. The price of each part.
4. Safety.

Step 1: The Parts That You Will Need.

The parts you will need to build a tesla coil:

1. 6500 volt 23 milli amp transformer found at amazing1.com

2. 10,000 volt capacitor found at amazing1.com

3. Spark Gap found at amazing1.com

4. PVC Pipe 5-6 inches wide 3 feet long Found At The Home Depot

5. Copper tubing (refrigerator tubing) 1/4th inch diameter 30 feet found at The Home Depot

6. Toriod Found at Amazing1.com

7. 24-26 AWG magnet wire electronixexpress.com

8. Safety Glasses

9. Drill

10. 1/8 Drill Bit

11. Masking Tape
<p>I'm sorry to be rude, but if someone want's to build a Tesla coil, these are not the instructions you should follow. It does not seem like the author took into account any of the physics behind how a Tesla coil works. A Tesla coil is an LC (inductor-capacitor) circuit, the primary and secondary coils being the inductors, and the capacitor (obviously) and the top load being the capacitors. The values of the capacitors and inductors matter, without getting into the physics too much, there is a proportion to the two circuits (the primary and secondary) , so that the system is resonant. With how poorly the secondary is wound here, I doubt that the author had any specific inductance value in mind, and same goes for the primary. The final nail in the coffin is that the capacitance of the capacitor is not even specified, so this was clearly assembled without much thought. Like the author said at the end, the Tesla coil relies on resonance, but only by some crazy odds could this system be resonant. That's not to say that it won't produce sparks if it isn't resonant, but you would be wasting a lot of the power from the transformer, and would get some very underwhelming results. </p><p>To follow these instructions would be a colossal waste of money. www.teslacoildesign.com would be a great place to start if you're serious about building a Tesla coil and understanding how it functions, but there are plenty more out there, and it is a good idea to read many, as everyone does something slightly different, so its good to cross reference the instructions to find the most widely accepted methods. </p>
<p>Hi, Tesla peeps! Can I use ignition coils of cars instead of capacitors? Can someone help me build one that is in Solid State? I'll be helping my son build his (and mine, as well) first Tesla coil for his Science Project (one that could play .mp3 music from his iShuffle). After which, we could use this on New Year's day &amp; 4th of July. This has to be done on or before December (2014).</p>
Just from my experience dc is way more dangerous than ac
DC does not allow flexion of muscles nor will it hit you off the source of the shock - think Electric Chair !!! Not many walking away from that ! Goes right back to the original AC/DC for electric transmission in America....Edison had the light bulb and the other guy had the electric chair !!!!!!!!
<p>Did you ever get any info on a solid state coil? After watching my fianc&eacute; enjoy the struggle and hate it so much at the same time, I was sucked in and developed an interest myself. Your finish date was &quot;on or before December 2014&quot; and Im curious if you guys completed the project or change to a different project? Im a newbie to all of this electrical stuff but you said it was for a Science project, leading me to believe that if he is still pre-HS grad, that I might be able to successfully understand it enough to make myself useful without extensive experience. </p>
<p>Hi SilverF. Nope, no info from SSTC (solid state tesla coil) from tesla peeps. My son (Jacob) wanted to have a different project. His classmates (upon knowing his project) wanted to have the same project. He wanted to have the &quot;Jacob's Ladder&quot; instead. I've found out from here that it's easier to build. You can check out the &quot;Helix&quot; type of Jacob's ladder. That, we plan to build!</p>
<p>Hi science peeps, interesting topic, i want to build a 12volt tesla coil combine it with solar and run 12volt appliances, not so dangerous i guess, any info on 12volt tesla instruction would be very much appreciated . I'm not much of a science guy but i want to play with a home project.</p><p>Kind regards.</p>
<p>A 12v Tesla Coil needs 12 volts to run. That will then be stepped up to a few thousand volts on the output (top load) of the coil. So yes it is dangerous. If you want to run 12v appliances, then use a 12v power source.</p>
<p>if my output voltage 5000 volt , then i want to know the length of the tube and its diameter and how many turn should i rotate the magnetic wire on it and the secondary too ???</p>
<p>There's a few apps on the app store for smart phones that can do all the calculations for you as long as you have all the values.</p>
Here back in the days tesla never had that crap so how Amazon? .anyway a spark from your lighter can do it .ive tried it and guess what no more scottish power for me no more bills .ive got the tesla coil running everything in my house .scottish power meter can go back to them no longer needed lol
<p>Well good for you powering your house from a lighter. Meanwhile the rest of us are thinking in reality.</p>
<p>rfmhz. i wanted to ask you how you powered your home from the tesla coil. i am at bmayberry@juno.com . there are three of us working together here. thank you much. </p>
I know that it has been a while since this was posted, and quite a while since I last visited this page, however, I feel the need to point out that this Tesla Coil does not work and following these plans is dangerous. The author claims that he has achieved sparks that were a few inches in length. Unfortunately, given his apparent understanding of his device and given how poorly it was constructed, even these mediocre results seem somewhat far-fetched. At the moment, I am trying to communicate with an admin to have this instructable temporarily removed until it is made to be up to par with the community standards of this website. Posting dangerous instructions about topics which one does not completely understand not only does you disservice by slandering your name, but it also puts the entire community at risk. Attaching warnings such as &quot;IT WILL KILL YOU INSTANTLY THERE IS NO SECOND CHANCE!!!&quot; does not help.
I highly agree, everything about this coil looks dangerous.<em> Please</em>, for your own safety, make a proper Tesla Coil, meaning not having the power switch next to the primary, which can more than easily kill you.
<p>you don't even know what you're talking about.</p>
This instructable <em>needs</em> to be removed before someone kills themselves.<br />
<p>Yeah, let's ban the universe from generating high voltages, lets change the laws of physics to limit the voltage in everytinhg to 5v, then after that lets change the law of gravity too, because gravity can kill you and there's no advice that gravity can kill, and after that let's ban water too, because we doesn't know what's in that water, let's drink just coke cola, we know that coke cola don't kill right?</p>
Now THIS is why innovation and information suppression is alive and well - it's from some people believing that they are entitled to censor others because there is the possibility that a small handful of people *may* make a mistake, causing potential personal injury. Why do you feel that someone's lack of ability should ruin it for everyone else, especially those who CAN safely work with high voltages? <br> <br>This is a situation where some feel the need to remove other people's freedom to make choices for themselves, catering to those who cannot (or will not) take responsibility for their own actions. If someone decides to build this project, that same someone needs to understand their own limitations before starting, then choose to build it if they feel they are within those capabilities - and does so at his own peril. Even those fully qualified to work on this sort of thing DOES SO AT HIS OWN PERIL, accidents happen to everyone. <br> <br> I like the project, I am quite capable of working with high-voltage safely, why should I not have the the freedom and opportunity to benefit from this idea, merely because there are a handful of people that *MAY* attempt it and fail. <br> <br>If someone is not qualified to drive a car, drives anyway and kills themselves, do we get rid of cars because this is a real possibility? Do we outlaw swimming because those who are inexperienced might drown? If the citizens of some countries weren't so quick to assign blame and sue another for their own misfortunes - a result of their own poor choices, clumsiness or simple stupidity - this &quot;Nanny State mentality&quot; would not be required. To shift the onus and responsibility for a hobbiest's safety onto the shoulders of those presenting the ideas and material to the masses, to the extend that it does, is almost unheard of in other countries. These people need to be aware of their own abilities or lack thereof. <br> <br>And yet, prior to these last few decades of being legally responsible for others if they follow your suggestions, it was already a natural-developed tradition, out of common courtesy and care for his fellow man, that potential risks and dangers were pointed out in the interest of safety, that may not have otherwise been apparent. <br> <br>I'm absolutely in favour of including a paragraph that clearly draws one's attention to areas where potential dangers and unique risks may be lurking within the idea or project, including personal observations or experiences, and suggested ways to minimise those risks. But it has gone WAY TOO far when it's required that someone sharing an idea has to nervously state he is not responsible, the publication is not responsible, the company and it's shareholders are not responsible etc. if you have an accident. GET REAL!! Handholding and babysitting that extreme and overprotective stifles innovation and creativity because many are too scared of being liable for another's actions... ruining it for everyone, including those enlightened countries able to enjoy such information. <br> <br>*As an example (in an entirely unrelated field) - there exists an arrangement of huge, outdoor machines that move with such speed and force that you would be instantly killed if you got too close. That situation is prevented with elaborate gate and fence configurations of an exact height and grid spacing, including locking mechanisms and signage. In Europe, however, the exact same arrangement exists, but without the fences and paranoia - people there ARE responsible for their own actions and misfortunes. The machines?? Amusement rides at the carnival. <br> <br>Sometimes people have to be able to skin their knees to understand that you need brakes on a go-kart. Making people walk through life in sheets of bubble-wrap and sewn-on mittens is not fair to those who won't fall-down-go-boom. <br> <br>I'm not attacking anyone, especially you. I'm merely pointing out to those calling for the removal of this article that even the &quot;scary and dangerous&quot; projects deserve to exist for the overwhelming majority, and those who want to use them. <br> <br>Everyone, please be careful when working with high voltages, and recognise whether or not you are experienced enough to safely build such devices. There is NO shame in asking for assistance from those who do have the experience needed to successfully and safely build and learn from this device, and others like it. If you are unclear about something, ask - but if you have the slightest doubt of your capabilities, try a similar project that is less risky to develop the skills you need to move up to a more challenging one. <br> <br>Bottom line - BE SAFE - but the plain reality is, if you do mess up, it's your own fault. <br> <br>Thanks for listening. Peace! <br> <br>~Dave
Do the direction, spacing, and shape of the primary coil matter? It sounds like you can &quot;tune&quot; it for maximum spark length but if I just set it up in a coil or helix with no measurements will it still produce something?
can i use a flyback transformer driven with a 2n3055 driver for a tesla coil
Any electrical project &quot;could kill you&quot; if you make the right mistakes. <br> <br>Everyone has the right to have access to this material. Why remove it simply because there *may* be a few people that fail or get hurt as a result of not knowing what they are doing? That's called CENSORSHIP! <br> <br>Drinking too much water can kill you, crossing the street can kill you, eating (and choking on) a meatball can kill you. Life is full of deadly risks every single day. It's ENTIRELY your job to choose for yourself those tasks you are capable of doing, in a manner that will minimise the risks. <br> <br>It's all about choices, and living (or not) with the results of those choices. <br> <br>Peace!
so can lots of things....you just have to know what your doing.<br>
your secondary can also look like this<br>
Easier to make and almost as efficient
thats not a secondary, its a primary<br>
will it work with a flyback transformer?, also if it doese i need to know what wires hook to wat and how its getting electricity? batteries, mains?
This design looks frighteningly dangerous. I'm not sure on exactly what would happen once activated, but I'm sure an event similar to the climax of Raiders of the Lost Ark wouldn't be far from it.
or world domination...<br><br><br>MUHAHA!!!!!!!!!!
Hi,I built a TESLA COIL with 5kv 30ma nst.Primary coil made with 4mm<br>copper tube with 10 turns secondary made with 2inch PVC pipe.Winding<br>height 10.2inch(0.315mm enameled copper wire used) also made Capacitor<br>bank with 2kv 0.15uF polyester film capacitor.But the problem is my<br>Capacitor burnt several times but the coil works with LEYDEN JAR<br>capacitor.Why the capacitor burning??????<br><br><br>Please Help Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br>
hii .... actually this is my first attempt to tesla coil ... i m doing it for my college project ... i use a secondary coil 63mm in dia , with wire .3mm thick and 1000 turns... my primary is made of 10 SWG wire with 6 turns with first dia being 160 mm and consequent turns 5mm apart .. i had ordered a transformer 220/4000V and 35mA ... i dont noe whether it is current limiting or not ... i made toroid using a 4inches aluminium duct .. 22 inches in circumference ... now a few questions :-<br>1) can i use a series of 400V capacitance for primary ?<br>2) what should be the value and current rating of my bleeder resistance ( connected accross capacitance)<br>3) how do i limit the current ; provided i dont noe whether my transformer can limit the current or not ... ?? if using a choke what would be a good value of the choke and its rating ??<br><br>4) how do i tune my tesla coil ... i have no access to occilioscope :( :(<br><br>thanx alot BTW for sharing your experience !!!
<a href="http://deepfriedneon.com/tesla_frame6.html">See this.</a>
amazing1.com is WAYYY overpriced. Make your own parts and this will cost around 20 bucks
Or just use eBay, I working on a 4&quot; Tesla coil that WAAY bigger than this, I already have all the parts just haven't put them together yet and I have only paid about $130.
hiii ..... i had a question .... can we wind the primary on a wooden structure ??? can the wood withstand the high voltage and current
@okura, the tesla coil is quite safe if built right, you need to reeducate yourself.
:O TESLA COIL??? Man...its the one way ticket to meet Tesla in person!! ''the power flows into the capacitor where it gets amplified then moves along to the spark gap&quot; - indeed !!! Its time this killer coil is removed before it kills somebody.
i believe u were ment to say where the power got accumulated
Hi what currency is this price list in.
US Dollars. Because is says $<br />
$ as in USD, NZD, AU, etc...?
&nbsp;Ebay =D
&nbsp;hello sir can the secondary be less than two inches.. will it work with that capacitance<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br />
Wow. You can make one for much cheaper, maybe 50 dollars. You can save a heck of a lot of money by making your own capacitors. Otherwise, nice job.<br />
I have seen what a trafo from a microwave can do, had a cat ones, that took a bite in the cable from trafo output, it was instant dead, and burned an 16 amp fuse, so also got &nbsp;one zap my self, nastyst zap ever, and got 24 hours on hospital for observation, So be careful
<p>Ok my friends and I have just finished our tesla coil using a 9kv NST and 6 salt water capacitors. It is not producing any sparks. Please tell if you have any idea why it isn't working I am doing this for a science project.</p>
Hey. I have several questions. I haven't taken a class on electrical theory or anything, so I'm a little dumb. Please bear with me. I know that the secondary coil needs to be made out of really tiny wire, although I'm not sure what gauge. Doesn't that all depend on what the actual output voltage is? I also know that the primary coil has to be out of much larger wire, but is that copper tubing actually neccessary? The ones I've seen in catalogs don't have anything like that. They just have a thicker wire. That again is dependant on the actual voltage running through it, right? Also can I use coated or insulated wire for safety sake, or will that mess it up? Their primary coil isn't coiled in a conical helix, either. It usually runs up the outside of a tube inside which the secondary coil resides. Why did you do it your way? Can I do mine the other way? What's the difference? It seems that the proximity of the two coils would be more beneficial to inducing the voltage in the secondary coil if all the windings in the primary coil were equidistant from the secondary coil. Is their an optimum spacing between the two coils, and if so what is it? Next, how important is the material of the secondary coil's tube? Can it be PVC or cardboard? Does it really matter, as long as it's non-conductive? How about the diameter? Is that significant to the magnetic field that induces the voltage in the secondary coil, or may I choose a different size? Also, How do I determine what my output voltage will be? I know the input voltage is calculated and there's a formula relating to how many windings are in each coil, but I don't remember the formula. Do you have that? Also how would you reccommend varying the output voltage? I would like to have a voltage variable from about 5kV to about 100 or 150kV. In stead of being used just for pretty light shows, can I use the voltage from the secondary coil to power something else? And lastly, if the voltage is usable, can I hook it to yet another voltage multiplier? And either way, can I hook the outputs from two or more of these in series to get double the voltage? I think that's all my questions. If I have anymore, I'll post them one at a time. Sorry this was so lengthy. Darren
Hello. Copper tubing isn't necessary, but it works just as well. I suppose you could use insulated wire. I've seen it done before, but I've never seen it on a large coil. The material of the secondary coil's tube doesn't matter, as long as it's an insulator. I'm not sure if you can use it to power something else. Output from a Tesla Coil only needs 1 wire to work, so I'm not sure how well it will cooperate with conventional electronics. Plus, there is a possibility that it may fry what you are trying to power.

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