Make Your Own Tesla Coil

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Introduction: Make Your Own Tesla Coil

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In this project I will firstly show you how a common slayer exciter tesla coil kit works and how you can create your own improved version of a tesla coil that is commonly referred to as a SSTC. Along the way I will talk about the driver circuit, how a tesla coil can play music and how we can upgrade the SSTC to a crude DRSSTC to create even longer arcs at the same input voltage. Let's get started!

Step 1: Watch the Videos!

The 3 videos give you a decent overview on what is necessary to do to create your own tesla coil. During the next steps though I will present you some additional and helpful information.

Step 2: Create the Tesla Coil Itself!

If you watched part 1 & 2 of the video series then you should know how I created my tesla coil. Feel free to print the attached motor adapter file and recreate my demonstrated procedure. The only thing I would do different the next time I create such a tesla coil is that I would not use any paint and use a PVC pipe with a bigger diameter for the primary coil so that short circuits between the primary and secondary are not possible.

Visit your next home improvement store for those parts: PVC pipe, wood screws, spar, plywood

And you can use these sellers to get the mandatory wire (affiliate links):

Ebay: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

Aliexpress: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_d6nz4Vh

Amazon.de: http://amzn.to/2rEYQgf

Step 3: Create the Driver Circuit!

Here you can find the schematic for the circuit as well as a list with the most important components along with example seller (affiliate links):

Ebay:
4x IGBT: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Arduino Nano:http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x 555 Timer IC: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x Schmitt trigger: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

2x IR2184 IGBT driver: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

12x UF4007 Diode: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x 7805 Voltage Regulator: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x 7812 Voltage Regulator: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

1x SD Card Module: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?...

Aliexpress:
4x IGBT: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dZskGjH

1x Arduino Nano: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dULoNXh

1x 555 Timer IC: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dTrUY9D

1x Schmitt trigger: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_d7b5sGR

2x IR2184 IGBT driver: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dUWHxdd

12x UF4007 Diode: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dYR45Bh

1x 7805 Voltage Regulator: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dXSrfiP

1x 7812 Voltage Regulator: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_d8OcXHl

1x SD Card Module: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_dUy68bd

Amazon.de

4x IGBT: http://amzn.to/2q93RMe

1x Arduino Nano: http://amzn.to/2qHLnX5

1x 555 Timer IC: http://amzn.to/2r5R7uI

1x Schmitt trigger:http://amzn.to/2q9fxhX

2x IR2184 IGBT driver: http://amzn.to/2q98XrV

12x UF4007 Diode: http://amzn.to/2qI6XKW

1x 7805 Voltage Regulator: http://amzn.to/2qI4Xmj

1x 7812 Voltage Regulator: http://amzn.to/2qE8Urn

1x SD Card Module: http://amzn.to/2qEnjEa

Step 4: Upload the Code!

Here you can find the interrupter code for the Arduino. Before uploading it, make sure to download and include these 2 libraries:

https://github.com/greiman/SdFat

https://github.com/TMRh20/TMRpcm

Attachments

Step 5: Success!

You did it! You just created your own Tesla Coil!
Feel free to check out my YouTube channel for more awesome projects:

http://www.youtube.com/user/greatscottlab

You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for news about upcoming projects and behind the scenes information:

https://twitter.com/GreatScottLab

https://www.facebook.com/greatscottlab

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    22 Discussions

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    Parth_3045
    Parth_3045

    4 months ago

    I want you to share your schematics with easyeda so I can understand it better

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    YounghoJ
    YounghoJ

    Question 1 year ago

    Does it share the same Gnd?

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    Parth_3045
    Parth_3045

    Answer 4 months ago

    Yes

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    Arya Shahrestani
    Arya Shahrestani

    Question 1 year ago

    hi i had a problem when compiling : in the images


    also im using android version of arduino


    thank you very much.
    arya

    Screenshot_20190614-171133_ArduinoDroid.jpgScreenshot_20190614-171127_ArduinoDroid.jpg
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    V1i2v3e4
    V1i2v3e4

    Question 1 year ago on Step 1

    Which transistor is used in your slayer exciter.

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    KJ22
    KJ22

    Question 2 years ago on Step 3

    Hi love this project l. I have ordered parts to make the secondary. Could u please make the easyEDA file available. It would be much easier to get a board

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    RaresP
    RaresP

    Reply 1 year ago

    There's a little mistake with the pot on the 555 oscillator, should be 10K not 100. Anyway, thank you very much for taking the time and sharing the easyEDA!

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    aayushn5
    aayushn5

    Question 2 years ago

    Does the Control Circuit and the Power Circuit shares the same ground?

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    Maker BR
    Maker BR

    Answer 1 year ago

    yes, they share same ground

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    giorgoschristou
    giorgoschristou

    Question 2 years ago

    can i run the same code without the sd module? if no what should i change?

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    PatrikD8
    PatrikD8

    2 years ago

    why do i need that arduino code for? what does it do? or do i really nead that arduino? and maybe can you upload better resolution pic for schematic?:) thank you so much for answer :)

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    khavoc
    khavoc

    Reply 2 years ago

    The arduino makes it more efficient and lets you play music and help keep the transistors cool. I found that when i went on mt pc there was a link to the original fike that let me download a copy of the diagram that was very readable.

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    khavoc
    khavoc

    2 years ago

    Hey, Is there any way we could get the EasyEDA files so we could actually pay to have a board printed ? Just wondering. I love your vids bwt. Awesome job, keep it up.

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    h.mad42li33
    h.mad42li33

    2 years ago

    pleas run your tesla coil on mains voltage

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    aayushn5
    aayushn5

    2 years ago

    What components should we choose for 325V rectified mains voltage?

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    LászlóB27
    LászlóB27

    3 years ago

    Hey,GreatScottLab!

    Your design is very nice and helpful!

    After a long period of time,this circuit gave me pretty good results.I have to coils,a big and a smaller next to eachother,connected in series and im using a halfbridge driver with the IR2110 and two IRFP460's.As the input signal I'm using a 555 in astable mode with 2x1k resistors and a 330pF capacitor.The input voltage is around 100VDC open circuit(adapters and transformers in series)and after tuning the secondary's resonance by changing the topload size on the big coil finally gave me some results.With the primary resonant capacitor i get pretty hot arcs,the same size as yours and after insulating the circuit by aluminium foil i get even better.It started drawing around 1 amps(before just around 300mA)and as I move my hand closer,it starts going crazy.If i put my hand closer,and then away,then big,7-8cm arcs starts going to my skin.Of course it hurts but it worth. :)

    Now the problem is with my feedback.I can easily see that it have no feedback,because by moving my hand closer sometimes the arcs gets weaker or completly stops.I tried to use any kind of feedback antenna with different capacitors and diodes in the circuit,but with this setup it gives me very weak output and the current drawn also decreases...Im running the IR2110 without shutdown interrupter(SD tight to ground).

    Have u got some ideas how can I use a feedback for my circuit?Is a problem if one adaptor's negative is grounded to earth and my secondary is also grounded to earth?

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    GreatScottLab
    GreatScottLab

    Reply 3 years ago

    When I tried to implement the feedback with the IR2113 (similar to IR2110) I also did not have any luck. Try switching to the IGBT driver that I used (IR2184)

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    LászlóB27
    LászlóB27

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks for the answer!I increased the input voltage to around 130v and i get pretty big arcs.I don't have IR2184 so I will try a CD4046 to generate the signal with the feedback.Also I will upgrade to a full bridge and let's see the results :)
    Also I can try an IR2153 driver so it will be not needed to use a 555 and a level shifter,but still no feedback...

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    rpotts2
    rpotts2

    3 years ago

    Awesome again!