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Step 5: Power Her Up and Set Wires on Fire!

When you first power on your ZVS driver, start with 12v input to make sure everything thing is working. Then you can increase the input voltage up to 36v. You can power the ZVS driver above 36v, but then you risk blowing up your driver, check step 7 for instructions for modifying your ZVS driver to handle higher input voltages.

You may hear an very high pitched squeal from your ZVS driver, don't worry, that is normal.

What ever you use as your negative terminal, it will get hot, very hot! The arc will melt any thin wire you use into little metal balls and steal will just fly everywhere, which is cool (and dangerous)! If anyone has a good explnation why the negative terminal get so hot and the positive terminal remains fairly cool, I'd like to know.. :-)

Also, in the video, just after the arc burnt a hole into a lightbulb, they was a stream of plasma 'shooting' out of the bulb, like a flame thrower. This is because when the arc got inside the bulb, the gas inside heats up, causing it to expand and escaping through the hole thus creating a "plasma thrower".
<p>If there are other noobs like me: 0.68 uF = 680 nF</p>
<p>This is odd, but my capacitor keeps getting warm, but nothing else.. and I get no arc... what could be wrong?</p>
<p>Did you really mean that the inductor should be 47uH to 200uH?</p><p>I am achieving 0.2 mH with only FOUR turns of a 1mm enameled wire, not 20.</p>
<p>GUYS: This is serious: I am not getting 47-200 uH with 20 turns; I'm getting that value with only FOUR turns of the 1mm enameled wire. I'm measuring it with a Henry-meter..<br>What shall I do?? <br>Was it suppose to be 47 mH-200 mH instead? Because that would need a lot more turns than just four..</p>
<p>here it is:</p>
<p>I used it before in simple flyback driver and i dont know but sparks were getting shorter and shorter every day and that is why i want to make zvs for SGTC</p>
<p>I have a halogen transformer which gives out 12.5 v and 6 A and power of 70 W will it work the same as 12 v power suply</p>
<p>Kind of hard to see but nice long arcs even at ~12v and goes easily up to 35v+, but it starts getting kind of dicey in the safety department that high. I have mine powered by a variable AC transformer (Variac) through a full bridge rectifier for DC. Initially I tried using a modified PC PSU, but like someone else said it's circuit protection shorts it out almost immediately. With the variac I once made a mistake by turning the dial the wrong way (derp) and it was up to about 60v for a brief moment and still functioned properly haha, excellent build!</p>
<p>how did you made power supply</p>
<p>Does the wattage of teh zener matter, as i cant find any 1/4 watt ones...</p>
<p>The flyback transformer part is not well explained: What do we do with it?</p><p>I am assuming that we buy/find a TV transformer, and wrap 5x2 coils onto it, and use its output as our high voltage lead?</p>
<p>Not the prettiest of heaters but I did make it. Only issue is I keep blowing mosfets but I believe it's because they are really low Z4A and not irf250's but that's what I have on hand. Thanks for the instructable :) </p>
<p>Decided to re-do the driver with some changes and like how it worked out :) A little cleaner looking. Mosfets stay cool but the capacitor heats up and will blow from energy storage I believe, so I'm going to add another capacitor in parallel and see if that helps. Liking this so far. :) </p>
<p>I used IRF640 mosfets for this project as well</p>
<p>Hey guys, i made a zvs driver, and i cannot get it to work properly. I first made the zvs driver, and my computer power supply kept shutting down when i attached the inputs to the circuit. I know how to make the signal work to get the 12v output. But i changed a few things, and it made one transistor hot, out of the two i had. I tried to change it to work again, but now its back to the beginning. I'm not sure if it's my crappy circuitry construction skills, or just the PCU. PLEASE HELP.</p>
Do you have the optocoupler bypassed in the computer PSU?
<p>How would i bypass the optocoupler, i have heard of soldering together two of the pins, but i cannot find out which ones to solder.</p>
<p>hi, I'm having a lot of trouble finding the 10K&Omega; 1/4W resistors, does a half ohm resistor work too?</p>
<p>I know this is late but maybe because the colour code is actually br-bl-bl-gold for 10 ohms. the colour code or-br-bl-gold is 31 ohms, going by calculator and is a non standard e24 series.. Hope this helps</p>
<p>0.5ohm will not.</p><p>0.5W.,10ohm wii</p>
No. Amazon has them pretty cheap. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0185FGYQA/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1464227860&amp;sr=8-1&amp;pi=SY200_QL40&amp;keywords=10k+resistor&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=41GhcKWBo6L&amp;ref=plSrchI recommend them to anyone who wants to build this. If anyone wants a parts list to see where I bought everything, just comment above and I'll get back asap.
<p>Hello, i'm having an issue with my mosfets. I have a bunch of <br>IRF650b mosfets that seem to all be staying open. I test them completely<br> and they wont discharge and close. I am testing them with 5 and 12v. <br>When I test my FQA9N90C Mosfets, They work just fine. Is ther something <br>different about the 650's that need to discharge or are they all no <br>good? Thanks for any help.</p>
<p>I power my own deliver at 156v and yes the ark are very big :) </p>
I've used this circuit to control FBT. I can run indefinitely but mosfet still not hot. but when I used to control the pulse transformer and the output connected to a 60w incandescent bulb, it becomes hot very fast though I have used a large radiator! I used source 12 VDC, 2 mosfet IRF3205, i not use diode zenner<br> please tell me the cause! <br>Thanks you!<br>
Can i use irfp 260n on same schematics? I cant find ifrp250
Is there a way that I could possibly connect two computer PSUs so I could get a 24v output at the same amperage of the original one or higher? Maybe connecting them in parallel, or one -12 to a +12 rail of the other? Someone please help me on this. Thanks in advance!
<p>I would not use computer ATX suppplies, as the GND is mostly common to earth wire, so serial connection will short the supply</p>
<p>Funny story, I made this one time before on a breadboard, and it worked the first time! However, the size of the sparks quickly died down and I relized something was wrong. Right now I am trying to replace the MOSFETs with IRFP260N's and I may have to buy parts so I can build a power supply (the first time I ran this I had to use batteries because they was all I had around, and the performace was far from ideal). </p>
I made it, it works, but is it running ok if at 13.8v it only draws a few hundred mA, and only produces a 1/4&quot; thin purple arc on my flyback secondary? Nothing gets hot on the board... I just want to be sure it's all acting normally before I hit it with 30+ volts from a supply capable of serving 30+ Amps.
I've made it. It WORKED great for a while. The the next day, I fired it up, and nothing. It stopped working and still can't figure out what's wrong with it. I'm using a 12v 10A power supply. maybe not enough current? Idk.but I do recommend this to others looking to build this.
<p>For some reason I get both DC and Ac at the output also DC and AC in the input and I tried using a toroidal transformer since I didn't have any flyback transformers and it just heats up and the circuit only takes in 6 volts 5 amps even though my supply can give 20 volts 12.5 amps.</p>
<p>I had the same issue;</p><p>I found putting a nice big capacitor in paralell with the power supply did the trick, i'm pretty sure the issue is a large voltage drop when you initially power the circuit, preventing the FET's from being switched properly, the capacitor provides a little stability at the start, as the capacitor resists the rapid change in voltage.</p><p>Hope this helps</p>
Thank you!!! This helped so much!!!!
<p>Alternatively use a more stable powersupply such as a computer PSU</p>
<p>My toroidal transformer just heats up and no voltage/current is registered at the output.</p>
I have a concern. One of my MOSFETs are heating up and the other is not. Is this normal?
Hello.. I am trying to make wireless charger using flyback driver. Can you please tell me the input I should give to driver for efficient transmission
I have another question. What is the midget pinout from schematic to the real thing? I know there is drain, source, and gate, but which pin in which? Could someone do the same thing as I did but instead of the question marks place the locations of the drain, source, and gate? Thanks!!!
<p><a href="http://www.ti.com/ds_dgm/images/fbd_slps390a.gif">http://www.ti.com/ds_dgm/images/fbd_slps390a.gif</a></p><p>You should be able to tell which is which without them being labeled. You should take the author's advice and not attempt this if you are a beginner. You can get killed if you don't know what you are doing. </p>
Thank you for answering so quickly!!! I'm not a beginner though. I'm not just that good at reading schematics that well. So the pins that go towards the left side of the schematic is he middle pin (gate)? And the other two are the ones on the side (drain and source)?
Or do I just use the labeling that Proto G include but just switch the drain and source?
<p>Try google datasheet of your mosfet :-) (pin 1 is the left one)</p>
So then I should follow the picture on this page: http://www.el-component.com/transistor-mosfet/irfp250n.html
<p>yes</p>
Thank you very much!!!
I have two radial yellow capacitors. They both are rated above 250v. One of them is .22uF and the other is .47uF. Can I put these together to get .69uF. If so how? And is 0.69 too high or do I need 0.68?
Of course it is ok :) it will do the same thing, I had way more capacitance and for me it worked better, everyone's flybacks differ so they need different capacitance this 0 68 is a general one which will work pretty good for all of them but if you hit the right capacitance the spark will be much thicker and hotter, at least for me with 0.68 it makes a cold, skinny spark, if I add a 2uF capacitor it makes waaaay better sparks, mostly because I use 2 flybacks in series...
Cool! Thank you for the feedback! Much appreciated!
Both are yellow and are like the blue one you have above.
Could someone help me out? ?

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