By Radu Motisan Posted on December 7th, 2008 , 1860 Views
Finally I've built a Tesla Coil, and I'm happy it worked from the first attempt. Now it would be nice to do some more tweaking on it, so it would perform better.
- PVC water pipe, diameter = 5cm , length = 30cm
- Using 0.2CuEm wire, I've wired ~1000turns manually!
- Using a hairdryer, I've melted wax all over the secondary, for insulation:
- PVC pipe, diameter = 11cm
- 9 turns with 4mm Cu wire
Using my glue gun I've attached everything together:
The capacitor bank
I've used 8 ceramic capacitors of 6KV/10nF each, connected both in series (pairs for 12KV) and parallel for increase capacitance. The capacitor bank's parameters are 12KV 20nF.
The Power source
I've used my 555driven Flyback circuit, that provides ~10KV half rectified current.
The spark gap
A simply spark gap made of tick Cu wire.
I've powered everything from batteries, and I must say it worked good. The capacitors charged and discharged very quickly, and the spark gap was like a machine gun.
Any ideas for improving this are welcome.