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First marx generator (Sparks!) Answered

I had just built a marx generator! It is my first marx generator I have ever built, and it make amazingly long, loud sparks, I managed to generate sparks up to 2 inches long (5 centimeters), that is about 50Kv (50,000v) coming out if this generator!

If you don't know what is a marx generator, look here on Wikipedia.

I hope you like the pictures I have just taken! Sorry, no video yet... :(

Has anyone of you built a marx generator before?

Should I make an instructable how to build a marx generator?
(UPDATE)
It is done! I made the instructable!

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killerjackalope (author)2008-08-25

I've been meaning to get round to making one of these but it's not a project I've been able to do yet, I'm a bit jealous about being beaten...

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Plasmana (author)killerjackalope2008-08-27

Well, now you can make one from the instructable!

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killerjackalope (author)Plasmana2008-08-27

Nyeh nyeh neyh smarty pants...

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Plasmana (author)killerjackalope2008-08-27

Jeezz, you look pretty upset after I had built the marx generator and posted on instructable.... :(

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killerjackalope (author)Plasmana2008-08-27

Not really bothered just beaten to the punch for a change...

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Plasmana (author)killerjackalope2008-08-28

Umm, I am not too sure what you are talking about, are you planning to punch me just because I built the marx generator?

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Plasmana (author)killerjackalope2008-09-01

*Armed with a shocker just in case that killerjackalope may return*

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pavithran1313 (author)Plasmana2014-09-09

guys am from India i had a doubt that shall i connect this directly to
230v ac or want to step down it? please say me because i made it but it
doesn't give output

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killerjackalope (author)Plasmana2008-09-01

*comes back to just to see if they're that bad... BAM, wooh I feel alive...*

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westfw (author)2008-08-25

Very pretty! Except for that ONE backward resistor :-) What are you using for the HV input ?

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Plasmana (author)westfw2008-08-26

Lol! Yes, 17 resistors in the right way and ONE resistor in the other way! Haha! I tried to get all the resistors pointing in one way, but, I didn't take notice what I was doing and the resistor end up in the wrong way... And the high voltage power supply I used for this marx generator is whatever I had in my shed, a small homemade inverter that gives me about 350v (under a few mA load) from two AA batteries, then I multiply the voltage with my 18 stage voltage multiplier to get about 6.3Kv. Here's a photo of my marx generator's power supply.

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westfw (author)Plasmana2008-08-26

Is that one of the inverters made from camera parts? I had no idea that it was possible to create a marx generator that ran from such a "low" voltage; most of the ones I've seen start with an input of 10kv or higher!

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Plasmana (author)westfw2008-08-27

Yeah, my inverter is made from camera parts.

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Kiteman (author)2008-08-26

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xACIDITYx (author)Plasmana2008-08-26

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Plasmana (author)xACIDITYx2008-08-26

OKAY, okay, you said it like 180 times!!!

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Kiteman (author)Plasmana2008-08-27

(The joy of copy-and-paste!)

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CameronSS (author)Kiteman2008-08-26

It's easier to just put up a link to Your Law, I have it on the Bookmarks toolbar for that purpose.

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Goodhart (author)2008-08-25

I remember my first one.....some 35 years ago......it blew up though (gave a loud pop, really) as one of the caps was not rated for the resulting voltage :-) Very nicely done....yours is much more neatly constructed then mine was

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bumpus (author)2008-08-25

I would love to see an instructable!

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-08-25

Make an Ible. I want one!

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Jackhole (author)2008-08-26

Ah yes! An instructable must be made!

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