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How do you remove the high voltage diode from inside of a modern television flyback transformer? Answered

I recently acquired an AC flyback transformer from an old vacuum tube television. I am planning on making a voltage multiplier for it to achieve voltages of 100kV +. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no way that my parents will let me buy anything at this moment, so I need a source of high voltage diodes and capacitors. Luckily, I have a big bag of capacitors, but I have no high voltage diodes. I do, however, have a pile of modern television flyback transformers that have built in high voltage diode stacks inside of them. I am wondering if there is anyway for me to liberate them. I do not care about the rest of the transformer. The coils can be damaged beyond all hope or repair, as long as I get the diodes out. So far all of my attempts at dremeling the transformers have resulted in a big white puff of dust from the insulation inside of the transformer. Any help is appreciated - Thank you.

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Mr. Apol
Mr. Apol

10 years ago

Try old microwave ovens. The big metal capacitors usually have a high voltage diode attached, though you have to test them to make sure they haven't blown. Be careful to discharge the oven cap before you start working on it! Paul

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Xellers
Xellers

Answer 10 years ago

I've already tried, but most of them are rated to a voltage that is too low. My flyback eats right through most of them.