Plasma Speaker Fail - Video

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Introduction: Plasma Speaker Fail - Video

These things really don't like being driven with AC!

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    16 Comments

    Nice Instructable! I have a question though. Does the power supply need to be at least 8 Amps? I also have an ATX power supply from a computer, and it has a nice 12v rail, but I don't know how many Amps it is. Do you know if it's too high or low?

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    ivver
    ivver

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Ok.
    Btw, did you try to make switch with opto-coupler? I was thinking, if put one opto coupler then you can remove MOSFET ( bypass heating losses). That would be cheaper and you could have bigger voltage in flyback cicruit. What do you think, is it possible to perform that ?

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    ivver
    ivver

    8 years ago on Introduction

    then this scheme should not work (but it's working, some guy created plasma speaker by this scheme and it works fine: http://people.cornellcollege.edu/dsherman/plasma-speaker-circuit.pdf

    there are many pins in the bottom of the flyback, maybe there are some windings which works with lower voltage..

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    Alex1M6
    Alex1M6

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    It will still function but you will not get as large of an arc.

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    jatwood2
    jatwood2

    8 years ago on Introduction

    could you use a ignition coil as the transformer

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    Alex1M6
    Alex1M6

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Yes but it would not sound very good since they work at frequency's of a few kHz (think of nails scratching a chalk board). MIDI and 8 bit chip tunes would song good though.

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    ivver
    ivver

    8 years ago on Introduction

    great work, but I have one question: will be good the primary coil in flyback or it is necessary to have manualy wound wire?

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    Alex1M6
    Alex1M6

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Manually wind one, the internal one is designed to work with voltages of around 160vdc.

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    adamdwaldrop
    adamdwaldrop

    9 years ago on Introduction

    What is the model number of this flyback you are using? thanks!

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    Alex1M6
    Alex1M6

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    The print on the small sticker on the flyback has worn off sorry so I am not sure.

    But any flyback will work fine for this.

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    ajha2
    ajha2

    9 years ago on Introduction

    where is the circuit???????????//

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    crapflinger
    crapflinger

    9 years ago on Introduction

    i support your song choice 100% (both for greatness and apropos-ness)