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  • Musical Tesla Coil Kit (instructions)

    Thanks Bruce. I was given the kit as a present with no instructions about how to assemble it or what it should do, so your instructable was very useful.A couple of things I discovered for myself which were not clear from your instructions:(1) The wire on the top end of the coil should be stripped (or soldered), cut short and left sticking up. This is where the spark comes from!(2) If both LEDs are lit then it's oscillating. At first mine was working (both LEDs lit) but no spark. I have no idea where the current was going. I tried reversing the rotation of the primary wire (using a longer wire) but that just made the red LED go out. Replaced the original wire and I got a spark!(3) Power inlet is a 2.1mm power jack, wired centre positive.(4) Current consumption of mine is about 0.7A at 15V.…

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    Thanks Bruce. I was given the kit as a present with no instructions about how to assemble it or what it should do, so your instructable was very useful.A couple of things I discovered for myself which were not clear from your instructions:(1) The wire on the top end of the coil should be stripped (or soldered), cut short and left sticking up. This is where the spark comes from!(2) If both LEDs are lit then it's oscillating. At first mine was working (both LEDs lit) but no spark. I have no idea where the current was going. I tried reversing the rotation of the primary wire (using a longer wire) but that just made the red LED go out. Replaced the original wire and I got a spark!(3) Power inlet is a 2.1mm power jack, wired centre positive.(4) Current consumption of mine is about 0.7A at 15V. Those heatsinks get hot!

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  • Musical Tesla Coil Kit (instructions)

    Didn't work at first but I got it working after a bit of tweaking. Not sure what the problem was, maybe my primary coil wire was too high up on the secondary?

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