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Tesla Coil Power Supply Question? Answered

Does anyone think I can use a florescent tube ignition/driver circuit to power a tesla coil (small). What I mean is that can I basically take out a fluorescent tube from its socket and plug in my wirings for the primary coil (capacitors and spark gap included). I don't know how high the voltage or the current is coming out of one of those things. Can anyone help?

Please answer quickly, time is of the essence. 



8 years ago

The fluorescent tube behaves very differently to what ever coil you have, because it's not a coil.
So the answer is no.

Sorry, and be careful with HV, it can kill you...



8 years ago

Long story short, unless you are extremely lucky and happen to find a drive circuit EXACTLY tuned to the resonant frequency of your coil, you're screwed.

No, it won't work.

A proper power supply charges a tuned size of capacitor bank at a known resonant frequency to cause that capacitor bank to discharge through a spark gap (also calculated), which discharges through a calculated inductor (primary) which excites a calculated secondary transformer.

The odds of an off the shelf fluorescent charge pump doing the above? closer to zero than .1%