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Step By Step Plans To Building A 250,000 Volt Tesla Coil

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The Tesla Coil is a Air Core Resonant Transformer consisting of a primary coil and a secondary coil. The primary coil is the part of the device that resonates or vibrates which when vibrating gives of a very strong magnetic field that causes induction in the secondary coil. the magnetic field is caused by first the power from the 120 volt wall outlet is converted into 6500 volts by the transformer then the power flows into the capacitor where it gets amplified then moves along to the spark gap the spark gap acts like a switch without the spark gap the coil will not function it will just burn up your transformer next the power goes to the primary coil and causes induction in the secondary coil thus causes lighting or arcs to be transmitted out of the toroid or topload.
 
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Step 1: Parts That You Will Need

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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 diamiter 30 feet found at The Home Depot

6. Toriod Found at Amazing1.com

7. # 24-26 enamaled magnet wire or just magnet wire found at electronixexpress.com

Step 2: List of Websites that will help you out with this project

Other sites to look at for Tesla Coiling information or parts:

www.unitednuclear.com
www.teslacoil.com
www.tesladownunder.com
www.pbs.org/tesla/ins/lab_tescoil.html
www.powerlabs.org/coil2.htm
www.mos.org/sln/toe/tesla.html
www.richieburnett.co.uk/tesla.shtml
www.teslasociety.com/teslacoil.htm
www.pupman.com/safety.htm
www.angelfire.com/electronic/cwillis/tesla.html
www.tb3.com/tesla/index.html
www.teslasystems.com/gallery/index.html
www.ttr.com/index.htm
www.old-mage.com/tech/Tesla.htm
www.deepfriedneon.com/tesla_guide.html
www.qsl.net/ke5fx/tesla.html
www.tesla-coil-builder.com/double_cone_bipolar_tesla_coil.htm
www.penguinslab.com/tesla.htm
www.teslacoil.org
www.bizarrelabs.com/ind2.htm
www.tfcbooks.com/mall/more/371tcbg.htm
www.teslamap.com/guide.html
www.tesla-coil-builder.com
www.classictesla.com
www.teslamania.delete.org/frames/coilgallery.html
www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Hangar/6160/tesla/tesla.html
www.geocities.com/bob_motz/chipid
www.teslacoils4christ.org
www.lod.org
www.members.tripod.com/~mad_coiler/tesla.htm
www.hbci.com/~wenonah/tommy/td.htm

Step 3: MAKING THE SECONDARY COIL

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Making the Secondary Coil

1. Get your 3 foot long 5-6 inches in diameter PVC pipe.

2. get your enameled wire

3. next drill 3 holes in the side of the bottom of the PVC pipe (about 1-2 inches above the bottom and a 1/4 inch along the bottom of the PVC pipe. this will hold the wire that is wrapped around the PVC pipe.
you will have to make these holes about 2 inches below the top of the PVC pipe and 1/4 inch apart make sure that the wire comes out of the end of the PVC pipe.

4. next insert the wire through one of the end holes that you drilled and weave it through the other 2 holes (make sure that some of the wire comes out of the bottom of the PVC pipe.

5. next you will have to get some tape: duct tape, electrical tape, vinyl tape, or packaging tape will work.

6. next wrap the wire around the PVC pipe making sure that the wire will not overlap or have kinks or bends in it because this will greatly reduce the amount of voltage that your Tesla Coil will produce. also (make sure that the wire is tightly wound and tightly close together when wound.
IF YOU GET TIRED OF WRAPPING THE WIRE YOU WILL USE THE TAPE FOR HOLDING THE WIRE IN PLACE SO IT DOES NOT UNRAVEL.

7. you will have about 1000-3000 wrappings of magnet wire after you are finished.
after you are finished wrapping the PVC pipe with wire. just put that aside but make sure you have thread the wire through the last 3 holes a the top of the PVC pipe. and put tape over both three holes where the wire in located this will hold the wire in place until later.

Step 4: Making the Primary Coil

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Making the Primary Coil

next you will need the copper tubing the copper tubing will serve as your primary coil.
you will first have wind about 20 feet of the copper tubing in a helix or in a flat spiral form making sure not to let any of the other coilings touch each other because this will cause a short circuit.

Step 5: Making the Primary Circuit

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Making the Primary Circuit

you will need to hook up your transformers 2 skinny leads to an electrical cord with 3 prongs and you will have to hook up your transformers 1 input lead to the electrical cord and do the same with the other input lead. Then hookup the capacitors 1 lead to the output lead of the transformer and do the same thing to the other lead of the capacitor. Then hookup one of the leads of the capacitor to the spark gap. Hookup the spark gap to the outer ring end of the primary coil. Hook up the other end of the primary coil to the other end of the spark gap.

Step 6: Making the Secondary Circuit

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Making the Secondary Circuit

Find the Ground lead to the 3 prong cord it is usually green or it is bare. Then hook it up to the lead hanging out of the bottom of the primary coil then solder it and put electrical tape over it to avoid short circuiting. And do the same to the other bare input leads of the transformer. Now secure the secondary coil to the top base of the Tesla Coil.

Step 7: Adding the Toriod or Topload

Connecting the Toroid to the Tesla Coil

The Toroid is the top load of the Tesla Coil it is where the arcs form.
To connect the Toroid to the Tesla Coil just put the wire that is hanging from the top of the Tesla Coil in the Toroid by either soldering, brazing, or with a screw.
Then fasten the Toroid to the Secondary Coil

You are finished with your new companion.

Step 8: Warning

!!!WARNING!!!

!!!WARNING THIS TESLA COIL AND ALL OTHER TESLA COILS CAN AND WILL INTERFERE OR DAMAGE PACEMAKERS, COMPUTERS, AND OTHER ELECTRONICS.!!!
!!!DO NOT TOUCH THE COPPER TUBING (PRIMARY COIL) WHILE THE TESLA COIL IS IN OPERATION IT WILL KILL YOU INSTANTLY THERE IS NO SECOND CHANCE!!!
TESLA COILS ARE VERY DANGEROUS AND SHOULD BE TREATED WITH THE MOST CARE AND RESPECT: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF HOW HIGH VOLTAGE AND ELECTRICITY WORKS DO NOT BUILD THIS PROJECT UNTIL YOU HAVE EITHER READ UP ON ELECTRICITY OR GET EXTENSIVE TRAINING.
IF IN DOUBT E-MAIL ME AT jtmotz@hotmail.com I CAN GIVE YOU VERY USEFUL INFORMATION.


DISCLAIMER:
I WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY IN ANY DAMAGE OR FATALITIES THAT THIS PROJECT MAY CAUSE.

Step 9: How To Contact Me

If there is, any questions or problems with this project email me at jtmotz@hotmail.com

ENJOY

Check Back for more projects at my website WWW.Geocities.com/bob_motz/chipid
Future projects:
500,000 Volt Tesla Coil
1,000,000 Volt Tesla Coil
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thanks you sir

Void Schism5 years ago
candidate for a circuit diagram maybe?

If you don't know about Tesla Coils - they do have a general and precise

schematic, you shouldn't be playing with high potential electricity fool!!

Wow, 5 years ago. I know they do now Rene, but back then I knew less and was interested in how they work. I would not try building something like this without knowing enough to do it safely.

As for the "fool" part, I'm guessing that is a joke or you are trolling, either way; heh heh heh <slow clap>

second that.
third that
fourth that xD
fifth that xD xD
sixth that
I guess ill seventh that
This means I have to eighth that.
Yeah, he should add one.
azvampyre11 months ago

How do you figure 250,000 Volts? You use a single 6500v Transformer and a single 10,000v capacitor. The transformer will charge the capacitors to 6500v and I don't see any multipliers, so this is a 6500 volt coil, 10KV max.

I have a Northrup Grumman 100KV transformer with 125KV capacitors which cost $8,000.00 and it only produces 100,000 volts, so.... this title s wrong.

yeah thats 250000 volts at 23 milli watts

Anaweir2 years ago
seen these, just make sure that you are not wearing anything metal
are u using a mot?
aweis4 years ago
i see from the picture that one of the rings in the primary coil is way to close to the other one, makeing it dangerous, and i do not even see th toroid in this picture, it seems more like an advertisement for that website he claims to get the stuff from.
does this tesla coil actually work , im doing this for a science project and i dont want it to explode in my face
well iven if you had a tesla coil that did work, it would be exeedingly dangerous, you would have to make shure that none of the teachers have pacemakers, since the electricity, that will flow through the air will effect that. as well as giant warning labels that say do not touch!!!!! i would actually not reccomend this as a science project, because of how dangerous it is, but if you do make shure anyone around it or goes near it is well informed of the dangers
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 "IT WILL KILL YOU INSTANTLY THERE IS NO SECOND CHANCE!!!" does not help.
knoxarama5 years ago
does the secondary coil have multiple layers of wire, or is it just one all the way through?
just one layer itsz hard as heck to do
It's not that hard but it takes a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time to do.
Please elaborate on the type of capacitor. Perhaps SKU of item on Amazing1.
ranzau6 years ago
Hey just one thing never put the Secondary Coils wire inside the pipe even the ends of it. It can burn out the coil.
Samuel H6 years ago
I wasn't planning on that much money, thanks anyway!
Tesla Coiler (author)  Samuel H6 years ago
Please join the Nikola Tesla Memorial Society. At http://apps.facebook.com/causes/315646?m=96aaaf39
This Memorial is designed and ran by me.
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Samuel H6 years ago
how much did all of the supplies cost
Tesla Coiler (author)  Samuel H6 years ago
this coil in general cost me 200 dollars USD Do you want a list of the parts with thier prices? if you do email me at teslatech@live.com
just a question, what are tesla coils used for and what can they do?
tesla coils were originally built by nikola tesla as a way to experiment with wireless power transmission (sending electricity without wires) but unfortunately the government went to war before tesla could finish his experiments and his funding ceased. although tesla did successfully transfer electricity wirelessly, today, tesla coils have no true practicality other than electrical companies experimenting with lightning or for an interesting hobby experiment
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arent they used in electric toothbrushes to recharge them ?
no, thats just an air core transformer. they dont work off of resonance but rather induction.
budsiskos6 years ago
do you think a capacitor like this one would work?
Do Not Use These I have just recently purchased 2 of these and the exploded on me.
Oh crud that is what I was going to use! (Not anymore!)
did you have them accuratly polerized?
yes, I emailed the company and told them that they need to be careful on what they say about their products. some one could get seriously injured if not properly informed. they also get very hot too and started to melt then I heard a very loud bang over to loud electrical discharges of my tesla coils spark gap.
i think that somewhere along the line there was a typo and these arent actually rated for 35kv but more like 3.5kv. btw, id like to see your coil, maybe you could post a video or even an instructable.
Tesla Coiler (author)  budsiskos6 years ago
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