Microwave Oven Transformer arcs too small- about half a millimeter Answered
I have two microwave oven transformers (MOTs) that I am currently working on, and I have taken one of them apart to make sure of the wiring of the coils. I am fairly confident in the wiring of the whole system. I have the original primary and secondary coils, both made of copper. The transformer is one of the larger ones I have seen, and its wattage at about 1000W. I know it is not popping the breaker because the hum is always on. I have read through many of the instructables out there about MOT's, so I understand it pretty thoroughly, but the arcs on the instructables I've seen are several inches long, and my arcs are about half a millimeter. I really wouldn't call it an arc at all. I have the common wall output of 110 VAC, 60 Hz going into the primary coil, and the ground is attached to the MOT block itself. One of the secondary output wires is connected to a capacitor bank of 3 MOC's in series, and I have the other output on the end of a PVC pipe which I touch to the opposite end of the capacitor bank. What am I doing wrong?