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Thinking about creating a Tesla coil with my kids Answered

I'm thinking about making a tesla coil with my gang of kids.

We have done experiments with inductance (made a motor) and capacitance (Leyden jar). 

Oddly enough I'm slightly nervous dealing with that amount of voltage. 

Any thoughts?

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Josehf Murchison (author)2013-03-15

The most common misconception is voltage kills, it is current that kills you, and .004 amps will kill an adult let alone children. But that doesn’t mean if you get the amperage down to .001 it is safe, the ark will burn or set you on fire as well as destroy electronics.

A tesla coil that takes 120 AC 15 amps and boosts it to 2,850,000 .001 amps can still kill.

Be nervous be very nervous

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caitlinsdad (author)2013-03-14
How big were you thinking to make the Tesla Coil, Arc Attack size? I would be more worried about the electric bill afterwards.

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