tesla coil help

I need help with my solid state tesla coil. i need links to a free sample of either FQP17N40 or ntp12n50 or 2SK3068 as well as the ultra fast diode MUR1560 i appreciate your help

Posted by tech-king 9 years ago

started school

Going to be an electrical engineer I like high voltage but here my latest experiment any body know a better way to make a capacitor

Posted by wiccakingkamui 5 years ago

building a tesla coil

Is there any way to build a tesla coil?

Posted by cris1133 10 years ago

tesla coil resonance

How do i get a tesla coil to resonate

Posted by science kid 8 years ago

Tesla Coil

Can someone PLEASE make an instructable on making a tesla coil that shoots sparks???

Posted by MisterHankie 10 years ago

tesla coil wire

What Gauge. Wire would you use to make a 2 foot tesla

Posted by wiccakingkamui 5 years ago

Tesla Coils

Is there an easer way to make a homemade Teslacoil? Thanks

Posted by spc301 10 years ago

tesla tubine to power variable firing rate minigun

The tesla CD turbine instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-an-Amazing-Tesla-CD-Turbine/ if that could be made inside a steel cylinder and with sheet steel discs in place of the CDs could it not be used (with high pressure air) to coax a hyper rate of fire from a minigun maybe using a gas cylinder from a paintball gun (thickened to with stand about 300 psi) 

Posted by Nicholai 8 years ago

Tesla Turbine Bike

I was curious if anyone has created an air compressed tesla turbine bike. Using a 4500 , maybe even 2 4500 carbon fiber tanks. Something along the lines of this instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/How_to_Strap_a_Leaf_Blower_Engine_to_a_Bike_and_Go/ Just curious if anyone has tried this, sort of thing and if it was plausible, and how long the tanks would last or if there was some other design such as directly hooking up to the gears.

Posted by thatsgreat2345 9 years ago

Tesla Coil Workshop

Instructables member Phenoptix put me onto a fun event this weekend - two chaps from the Extreme Electronics (Derek and Dave) website led an informal workshop on how to build a classic Tesla coil, from power supply through to topload and breakout. They also brought along a few of their toys to demonstrate what they were talking about, and I grabbed a few (shaky) videos. Thanks to Derek & Dave, it was a grand night, and thanks to the "Lone Scout" for the supply of coffee.

Posted by Kiteman 4 years ago

Tesla Coil with MOT's

Hello everyone, I am looking to get some advise. I am building a Tesla coil and cant really get any transformers other than MOT. I have four MOT with all their other components (Capacitors). What I am asking is can I use these MOT wired up in a certain way and I also read somewhere that I would need to add a component to prevent the MOT's from sucking in too much power. If anyone out there can give me some detailed advise it will be great. I just started the build so pictures are coming soon. Thanks in advance to you all

Posted by arenavles 8 years ago

Tesla's human powered helicopter possible?

I know he was a smart dude and he went out of his way to patent this. Was it ever built? Could it be built and work? I don't understand the propulsion system. Is it like a bicycle or is it something else? I need one of these bad to deliver free fruit to people everywhere. My car keeps getting stuff in traffic. I don't know where all these cars think they're going, but I've got places to be and the road just isn't cutting it anymore for me. And dangit the uploader isn't working. Here's a link to the patent description and images: https://www.google.com/patents/US1655114 Well, not a link. A  URL. I dont know how to do a hyperlink without the- nevermind. sort of figured it out. Click below: https://www.google.com/patents/US1655114

Posted by avocadostains 9 months ago

'Ibles ideas

There's been a lot of interest in Tesla floating about the community, with some of his more popular accomplishments (or claims depending on who you ask). What I'd like to see happen now is for some new ideas to crop up. In the interest of being thorough, I'll say that the Tesla turbine (and quite a few uses for it) has been done a few times over, and the wireless power is one of the more popular goals as of late. Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely not trying to dissuade anyone from exploring any ideas that have "been done." Rather, I would just like to see what can be done about some of the other ideas, like ball lightning, the earthquake machine, or even an exploration of his work in radio, or any other topics. So, to summarize, if you know of any of his ideas/claims/patents/inventions or whatever, feel free to at least post the idea here, and if you feel obliged, give it a go in an 'ible. Cheers, and good luck!

Posted by BorisTheSpider 9 years ago

I need help with my tesla coil! please help!


Posted by colinbarnes 6 years ago

Tesla's "magnetic wave" communications idea proposed for mine safety

A report in Science Magazine describes a proposal to use Nikola Tesla's magnetic amplitude modulation as a way for trapped miners to communicate with the surface.

Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago

Tesla Coils For Dummies

In my slideshow, not all of my uploaded images are showing! Please correct the mistake.

Posted by Xellers 9 years ago

The "Truth" about Tesla?

These guys at www.lindsaybks.com/gallery/teslamyth/ttesla1.html say that Tesla didn't invent the Tesla Coil, radio, or AC power. Now, I'll admit that I didn't read all of the arguments completely. I did, however, read the Tesla Coil page in its entirety. One claim is that the Tesla Coil was predated by one Elihu Thomson's patent  "Method of and means for producing electric current" (number 500,630). This patent was filed in 1893 - while Tesla's earliest patent on the Tesla Coil, "System of Electric Lighting" (number 454,622) was filed in 1891. Nice try. They are definitely correct, however, in saying that many parts of Tesla's history has been overly-dramatized. For instance, there is a claim that Tesla's remote controlled boat used a primitive form of voice recognition to take spoken commands from his audience. Obviously, it didn't, and the patents show nothing of the like. Do the other claims on their website have any merit?

Posted by ElectricUmbrella 8 years ago

Split Tesla coils anyone?!

I am collecting data in the form of old pics, patents, newpaper and magazine articles as well as just doing things.Tesla coils are fun but is anyone experimenting with the original "multiplying transformer" that Tesla created?And before you say, sure I have a Tesla coil......I mean:Large diameter primary coil with one part of the secondary in very close proximity while the other half of the secondary is located at the center ;)

Posted by Downunder35m 23 days ago

Would a Tesla Turbine work in a solar updraft tower?

I was playing around with making a small scale solar updraft tower and I was curious if I could use a tesla turbine instead of a turbine with blades. Would the Chimney effect be enough to drive a tesla turbine?

Posted by thecoonskin 6 years ago

montreal area coilers

Okay guys, good news: ive started the Montreal area tesla coil club. if you live in the Montreal area and want to join, please say so. our first project is a low power solid state tesla coil. pm me to join!

Posted by tech-king 10 years ago

Listen To GHOSTS?

Is it really true that we can listen to GHOSTS ! with this instructables ?

Posted by jetgoggles 8 years ago

Coil Winding on 4 Inch Cantex Electrical Conduit

My picturers are a mosaic of steps to take when winding coils on Cantex 4 inch PVC electrical conduit. Uses include Tesla coils, flow sensors, and antennas. http://aa8qv.blogspot.com Please forward any and all comments and suggestions. Thank you !

Posted by JohnHagy 6 years ago

25 KVA tesla coil transformer

I have a monster size transformer and I would like to sell it! it is made by general electric, 25 KVA, was oil cooled, (I removed it from its tank)this transformer is the same size used to power subdivisions, 4 to 30 houses ( think of the power!)just image the size of tesla coil this thing could power! WOW! tank size was 17X26X31I would like to get $400 dollars and you take care of the cost for shipping. thats about one quarter the cost of buying a new one even with the shipping cost. (350 pounds!)be reasonable! the person who offers me more money gets it! send me a email, NOT a comment at the bottem. I will wait 1 to 2 weeks to see who offers the most. 5/14/09 I will only take money orders, because they are the safest for you and me.

Posted by Danielro10 9 years ago


For those that know (or those that frequent Google's everchanging homepage) today is Tesla's birthday. Just typing in his name into the instructables search brings up loads of Tesla coils but not much else. Some research into some of his other (lesser known/theoretical) inventions uncovered an idea for an ionocraft, a silent flying craft with no moving parts powered by high voltage. (not the place to debate the origin of the invention, Major de Seversky is credited as the inventor of the ionocraft, I am just regurgitating a thought I had while reading on Tesla)A quick search reveals that not only is it possible to build these simple machines, high school kids build them as science fair projects! Although fascinating, this project is outside the realm of my ability for now (read: until my brain grows). Anyone with an inkling?Seeing how there's no end to dangerous instructables, what's one more? (I'll even go the next step and provide you with some plans)

Posted by mikeasaurus 9 years ago

Combustion Chamber for high voltage spark

Based on Sir9's project http://sdch2o.free.fr/vrac/Sir9-Plasma-Steam-Engine.doc I am preparing to make my own version: The plan is to create a Tesla Turbine powered by steam which is made on the plasma spark from a Tesla Coil - Presumably if Sir9 used just 110 V, the really high voltage of the Tesla Coil should give me Big effects I am not sure about what size, shape and material I should use for the combustion chamber, and whether I can use multiple spark plugs safely. I'm planning to use a small 220v // 2,1kV microwave oven transormer for the coil just to keep things farely safe for the beginning and a turbine made of hard disk drives (about 16 plates) sealed in a plexi-glass chamber I have a lot more questions coming up every minute, need any help I can get - this is my first project of it's kind Thnx

Posted by skyw4lker 8 years ago

Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla

Today is Nikola Tesla's Birthday, A famous inventor, mechanical engineer and electrical engineer. He discovered AC power which can travel much farther than DC power as well as the AC motor. and invented the very well known Tesla Coil. As well as many other things we still use today.

Posted by Yerboogieman 9 years ago

SST plasma tube

I am in the process of creating a plasma tube, similar to those globes but made from an acrylic tube of about 80cm lenght. In my small scale experimets with a glass bottle instead of the tube I was able to find a way to mix some Argon gas into the vacuum to create the type of plama arc I want. Problem is the HV part for the much longer tube and how to keep the input voltage at 12v to be electrically save. To drive the switching part of the HV section a simple quare wave generator with adjustable frequency and pulse width is used. In my current design I use 5V for the driver and 12V for a TIP122 that drives a modified flyback transformer directly. Now to specify my problem: The TIP is good for 100V and up to 5A with proper cooling. But I would need to make a new HV coil capable of delivering around 80kV at 12-30kHz - that is the easy but time consuming part. The primary side would have quite some inductance and I fear the TIP122 would soon get into trouble. So I was thinking of using a IRF260 mosfet instead but they need a proper gate driver for high and accurate switching speeds. To further seperate the driver from the hot action I thought of using a LED on the driver side connected by a fibre optics cable to the Mosfet driver. Would it be feasable to use good a transistor to drive the gate of the Mosfet directly or is a gate transformer the better option? Are there any shematics available for a gate driver that uses an optical input? And yes, of course I will make an Instructable if I ever get it all working to my satisfaction.

Posted by Downunder35m 4 years ago

Wanted! A good transformer for a Tesla Coil project

Does anyone have a spare transformer to give me? Your help will be very much appreciated. Any kind is alright. It is for a tesla coil project so a high power one is appreciated.

Posted by GScience 4 years ago

tesla coil music?

Ok.... if this is legit, how did they do it?http://www.break.com/index/tesla-electric-current-plays-music.html(they shoulda played the bars from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind) hahaha.

Posted by cjp91068 11 years ago

where can i buy tesla coil mini?

I NEED A TESLA COIL 4 CHRISTMAS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! V!! ! !! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! !! !! !! !! ! ! ! !! ! !! !! ! !! ! !! ! !! !!! ! !! !! ! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! V! ! ! ! i thought i'd add my spastic dog just for grins... : )

Posted by instructa-fan 10 years ago

NST in tesla coil

Hey,I was thinking of making a Tesla coil for my science fair.The fact that NST (neon sign transformer) are a bit expensive, could anyone suggest me another way for its power supply other than using it

Posted by TERA FACTOR 4K 1 year ago

Tesla turbines as viable generators?

Anyone have any thoughts about Tesla turbines, potentially as something steam based to plug into an alternator? The internet seems to be of the opinion that they're either fantastic or crap. I'm thinking of this as an easier and cheaper option than a steam piston or Stirling system for my solar energy thing.

Posted by SolarFlower_org 9 years ago

Musical Tesla Coils

Two tesla coils are being used to play the mario theme song. This is the first time i have ever tried embedding something, so im hoping this works. if there is no video there, here is the link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1O2jcfOylUmany thanks to goodhart for telling me how to get the video in here.

Posted by its a lion 10 years ago

Tesla Music at the Maker Faire!

So today I got a sneek peek of the Maker Faire at Young Maker's Day. And with it, something that simply blew me away. This tesla coil demo uses two TALL towers with lightning bolts coming out the top. The lightning bolts are what make the music! And the drums are robotic! That's what's waiting for all who are coming over the weekend. Enjoy! I included a video. Young Maker Day: Amazing Tesla Coil Music! @ Yahoo! Video

Posted by MadBricoleur 8 years ago

Tesla Coil Hat

Tyler Christensen, or christensent of MITERS, the MIT Electronic Research Society, took a more high-voltage approach to Halloween this year.  He made this awesome dual resonant solid state tesla coil (DRSSTC) hat! Last year he was responsible for the "Build a Fusion Reactor" Instructable.  This year, his likeness to a mad scientist seems to be increasing!  How long before we see him splice a tesla coil and a human?! More info on his blog: tc-engineering

Posted by T3h_Muffinator 6 years ago

Tesla coil and spud gun vs. Chrome

Google made this slick video to show off just how fast Chrome can render web pages. They compare it against a spud gun, a speaker filled with paint, and a Tesla coil. Check out the video to see the lovely slowed down footage and the second video to see how it was done. making of

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago

Tesla illusion ideas / wireless light bulb help

So I was considering going as Nickola Tesla for Halloween and showcasing his ideas as sort of party tricks...like a Tesla turbine blade and whatnot. But seeing as he is primarily known for electricity work, I thought it would be cool if I could somehow come up with a way to make a lightbulb glow while holding it. I tossed around the idea of running a powersource to a conductive glove to power it and also of making a self contained powered bulb but not sure. Any ideas on how to make some sort of electrical phenomenon illusion? Thanks.

Posted by jimijmarshall 9 years ago

My First Tesla Coil!

I just made my first tesla coil, it stands only about 6 inches tall and has a diameter of ~1". The tank capacitence is ~940 pF. The wire gauge is 30. The topload is 6 inches in diamerer and 1 inch tall. the power supply is a 7.5kv, 60mA NST with a terry filter. It's a static spark gap. The primary has 13 turns of 14 gauge wire, it's a 30 degree cone.It gives out nice arcs and cornea. I will post photos and video soon, as my workshop reeks of ozone right now.I can probably get better preformance with using thicker (or no) aligator clips (prototype stage right now) and if I change the primary. The wire got too hard to turn, so near the center there's like 2" of leeway on all sides of the secondary... sorry about sound quality in the videothe rod in the video is kinda grounded. The rod you see is a thin copper pipe taped to a 3 foot, 1/4 inch thick dowel rod that I'm holding onto.

Posted by guyfrom7up 9 years ago

Can you insulate the primary coil of a Tesla coil?

Hello,    I am trying to build a tesla coil using a new design relating to a thesis paper I am working on. Due to spacial restraints my primary coil will be close to the secondary coil. I know I have seen others use insulated braided copper wire as their primary. I want to stay with 1/4" copper tubing if at all possible so I wanted to ask what affects it would have if I used heat shrink tubing on the copper tubing. I am aware the higher frequency voltage runs along the skin of the tubing since that is least resistive at that point. A for the power and caps I am using the following: three NSTs of which two are 15kv @ 30 miliamps and one 12kv @ 30 miliamps, 13 CD 2000VDC @ .15nf caps on each 15kv NST and 10 of the same caps on the 12kv NST. The spark gap is static for now.  I want to prevent arching as much as possible in the small space. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Some of the information relating to the thesis paper I cannot release due to a serious concern of being scooped before publication.  Thank you. :)

Posted by XsFacade 5 years ago

Facebook Login Error

I am using Google Chrome version: 20.0.1132.57 (up to date) When attempting to log in with the facebook button, I am taken to: https://www.facebook.com/.....https://www.instructables.com/index at which time, I receive the following error: An error occurred with tesla 12345. Please try again later. I can log in with the regular log in button, and once logged in, my fb picture is updated on my instructables profile.  I assume the issue is limited to Chrome, as I can find only one other complaint, in German with no responses. Thank you in advance, Shane

Posted by GhettoEngineer 6 years ago

Looking to commission "sparking" motorcycle helmet

Greetings. I am the founder of a digital music start-up and am looking to commission several "sparking" helmets to represent our logo "Captain TuneUp" which can be viewed below If interested, please contact me directly at gabrieladiv at tuneupmedia dot com Thanks, Gabe

Posted by gabrieladiv 10 years ago

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Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago

Flyback transformers and how to convert them to AC

I'm in the need of quite a few electronics for my new lightning tube project, on of them is a suitable HV transformer for high frequencies. Salvaging from plasma balls or similar is pointless as those transformers only get to around 3kV at best. With BW TV set getting really rare these days I decided to look into the modern version of the flyback transformer - the DST, Diode Split Transformer. If you ever did some Tesla stuff you will know that everyone says a modern flyback is no good as it only provides DC output. With basically no info on the net how these things look internally it was down to destorying a few until I got to know what to look out for andhow to remove the HV diodes between the secondary coil packs. I know not too many people will need a HV AC tranformer that can operate with several kHz so I though I ask first if it is worth to create an Instrucatable on this topic alone, otherwise I will just include a very short version of it with my Instrucable on the lighnig tube project. Have to say that is a quite messy and stinky procedure involving a lot of heat and the risk of burns to your fingers.

Posted by Downunder35m 4 years ago

Disposable camera

I have a disposable camera and I am trying to decide what  to do with it.  I know many of you would suggest a stun gun but that does not interest me.  I like other high voltage stuff like teslacoils and stuff though.   Oh on a side note ...(you should find this funny)...after I took it apart I was looking at the way it worked and I saw the leads going to the flash.  I thought it was odd that it was not insulated and I accidentally touched it without the battery even being in (yes I know this does not matter).  So in other words I already know what it would feel like as a stun gun. Give me some ideas.  :)

Posted by jcaresheets 7 years ago

Tesla Coils?

I've looked all over the 'net for info on how Tesla coils work, bu all of them are too complicated. Can someone help me? Goodhart mentioned:"...This (negative ion generators), in conjunction with a larger Tesla coil can produce even nastier voltage spikes if one tweaks the 555 a bit.." How? I only want to make a (very) small one. I don't understand what the spark gaps are for, the coil parts I kinda understand, but all the rest is too confusing.

Posted by John Smith 10 years ago

Thinking about creating a Tesla coil with my kids

I'm thinking about making a tesla coil with my gang of kids. We have done experiments with inductance (made a motor) and capacitance (Leyden jar).  Oddly enough I'm slightly nervous dealing with that amount of voltage.  Any thoughts?

Posted by abugslife99 5 years ago

finished tesla coil

I'm a self declared electrical engineer going to school finished tell supplies come in. What do you think? And are this appropriate rf chokes

Posted by wiccakingkamui 5 years ago

Hey, Americans; Want to help Tesla cars?

I just found that a lot of US states don't let Tesla sell their cars directly to the public. This keeps the price of electric cars artificially high. In turn, this gives an unfair commercial advantage to gasoline car dealers, and creates a false argument against electric cars ("they're expensive"). To fix this, there's a petition that US citizens can sign and force a response from the White House. If you care about this issue from any front - fair trade, keeping government out of your lives, cutting downnon climate change,  personal freedom - then you can sign the petition at the link below, and share it with as many of your friends as you can.  https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/allow-tesla-motors-sell-directly-consumers-all-50-states

Posted by Kiteman 5 years ago

Tesla Coil Capacitor help

I have just started building my first tesla coil. I am fairly experienced with electrical stuff and high voltage but I can't seem to get past building a homemade capacitor that will work. My first attempt I built eight Leyden jars in parallel that were constructed from glass canning jars and metal tape. Next I tried lining a 5-gallon bucket inside out with aluminum foil. Lastly I tried assembled a rolled capacitor with aluminum foil as the plates and wax paper as the dielectric (about 10 square feet). All of these have failed in a similar fashion; I hook them into the circuit and the spark gap wont fire. There is no arcing however the bucket and jar constructions made a faint noise similar to a capacitor charging. I have seen instructables and videos with only three or four Leyden jars in parallel and the spark gap is firing. I don't know whether the homemade ones just don’t have enough capacitance or if it is something else. If anybody has any input on the problem please help. P.S. I am using a 14kv 35ma 60hz oil burner ignition to power the coil below is a diagram of the circuit configuration

Posted by hmf444 8 years ago