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anybody have any suggestions for what I should do with some high voltages. I don't want to make a taser, cause it could kill and I have no need for it. I don't want to make a jakob's ladder. anyone have any cool ideas?

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Plasmana (author)2008-08-13

Build what your user name is! Tesla coils!

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guyfrom7up (author)Plasmana2008-08-13

I'm currently working on the world's smallest spark gap fully contained tesla coil (WSSGFCTC) LOL

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Plasmana (author)guyfrom7up2008-08-14

That would be so cool! I am going to try build a very small (NOT world's smallest) SSTC...

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guyfrom7up (author)Plasmana2008-08-14

my current problem is how to neatly wind small toroids (and fast). I could build a machine to wind a bigger toroid, but then it wouldn't fit in my case that I'm using

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guyfrom7up (author)guyfrom7up2008-08-14

oh, and I put the fully contained thing in because I think people who make dinky tesla coils and have a giant NST in the background are cheesy and not real (like I know it's real, but it's like so what?)

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Plasmana (author)guyfrom7up2008-08-14

Yeah, I have seen tiny tesla coils working in you tube, but later found out that they were driven by NST's...

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Plasmana (author)Plasmana2008-08-14

Hey! I did not post that photos! Its a bug!

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Plasmana (author)guyfrom7up2008-08-14

I had built a machine that is designed to wind tiny torrid, and it works well... The "main" image is the machine that is winding a small torrid, (I have to guide the wire to wind it nicely), (the coil on top of the image is a spool of wire). And the other image is all of the tesla coils I have made so far with is winding machine, (except the biggest one, that was hand wound).

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CameronSS (author)2008-08-13

Forms of this will be my project in photography this semester.

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tesla coil (author)2008-08-12
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westfw (author)2008-03-29

I just bought one of These Kits; perhaps I'll take pictures during assembly and post as an instructable...]

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Goodhart (author)2007-11-27
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tech-king (author)Goodhart2008-03-29

its called a CW voltage multiplier

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Goodhart (author)tech-king2008-03-29

Hmm, Cockroft-Walton, I have heard that name before

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Nickola Tesla 101 (author)2008-03-29

You should probably build a kind of induction coil.

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guyfrom7up (author)2007-11-27

hmm... a marx generator might be cool

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Sedgewick17 (author)2007-11-27
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westfw (author)2007-11-27

Here's something I've been wanting to try. There's a high-voltage thing called a Marx generator that uses (normally) spark gaps a negative resistance elements to make a form of voltage multiplier. But it seems to me that it ought to be possible to make a "low voltage" Marx-like generator (voltage multiplier) using other negative-resistance element similar to spark-gaps, but with lower breakdown voltages. Xenon flash tubes (~300V), neon bulbs (~100V), or even semiconductor devices like sidactors or diacs (assorted voltages down to single digits.) A voltage multiplier essentially consists of a way to charge a bunch of capacitors "in parallel" and then discharge them "in series" to see a higher voltage. A traditional multiplier uses diodes to isolate the paths, the marx generator uses spark gaps. But in theory you could use relays or even manual switches...

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tech-king (author)2007-11-27

how about a xeon strobe lamp? and why not a jakobs ladder?? they are soo fricken cool (gotta build one). segwick had a cool idea too. there are even plans for solid state variations of the tesla coil.

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Sedgewick17 (author)tech-king2007-11-27

You can build a easy jacobs ladder by taking the spark coil out of a car,and attaching the leads onto two soda cans or any other piece of metal that are close together.

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guyfrom7up (author)2007-11-24

what I was going to do is make a voltage multiplier, just trying to do something cheap, easy, yet cool, and not everyone in the world has done it.

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westfw (author)2007-11-24

There are a bunch of neat experiments you can do with electrostatics (Van de Graff generator or similar.) I see that A. D. Moore's "Electrostatics" has been re-published. It's a classic!

At lower (but not necessarily safer) voltages, there seems to be a fair amount of interested in "retro" electronics with Neon bulbs, nixie tubes, and so on.

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guyfrom7up (author)2007-11-24

is there such a thing where it emits stuff in one direction and it makes it do wierd things?

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Sedgewick17 (author)guyfrom7up2007-11-24

What kind of wierd things are you talking about?Plasma,or are you talking abot wierd things like tesla lighting light bulbs wirelessly in a field a few miles from his machine?

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royalestel (author)2007-11-24

How many volts are we talking? And amperage?

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Sedgewick17 (author)2007-11-24

You could build a Tesla Coil.

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