Category Archives: High Voltage

Building the EVR miniBrute Tesla Coil – Part 1, The Advanced Modulator

On this blog I’ve shown how to build a classic Spark-Gap Tesla Coil (SGTC) and small Solid State Tesla Coils (SSTC’s).  It’s now time to step-up into a Dual-Resonant Solid State Tesla Coil (DRSSTC).   Advantages of the DRSSTC include reduced … Continue reading

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Probing Your Megavolts

So, you’ve invented this amazing process for converting water into wine, but investors want to know exactly how much power it takes before they cut checks.   After all, vineyards do it for free, with just a bit of sunlight. … Continue reading

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The 12 Days of Tesla

While successfully transmuting lead into gold with a small Solid State Tesla Coil (SSTC), it became apparent that a much larger Tesla Coil (TC) would be necessary to make a dent in the national debt.  The new coil would need … Continue reading

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A Mini-Solid State Tesla Coil (SSTC) Kit

Here’s a compact little Solid-State Tesla Coil (SSTC) that you can run INside your home (with the appropriate RF ground).   It’s quiet, doesn’t produce a lot of Ozone, and is fun to play with (as-well-as being a good introduction to … Continue reading

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Faux Tesla Coil, or What to-do with a bad secondary?

Hmmm..  So I wound an unusable secondary, but it’s 1200 turns of yummy goodness; what do I do with it?    How about making a Faux Coil?   I have an old Radio Shack Illuma-Storm plasma globe, and it fits atop the … Continue reading

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MELTDOWN!

In the City of Adventure, we were in a hurry to get results to the lab, and didn’t notice our reactor going critical — until it was too late: Black blood sprayed over the deck, and thick billowing grey smoke … Continue reading

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1 MegaVolt, Dual Belt Van de Graaf (VDG) Generator

This bad-boy is a hair-raiser.   I contacted Fred Graff at Physics Playground about his Van de Graaff generators (I saw them on Ebay) for some high-voltage experiments.  I asked him if he had any higher-voltage devices than the 700kV Van … Continue reading

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First Coil Wind

Ok, now that the coil winder is just about done, I’m impatient to get one wound (the Eastern Voltage Research SSTC 2.0 kit is finshed and tested).    The main issue is how to keep the PVC tube centered on the … Continue reading

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Tesla Coil Winder

Once you start down the slippery-slope of Tesla Coil building, in addition to the “original” spark-gap TC’s, there’s SSTC’s (Solid State Tesla Coils), DRSSTC’s (Dual-Resonance Solid State TC’s), VTTC’s (Vacuum Tube TC’s), and more.   However, they all need resonators (coils).   … Continue reading

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Eastern Voltage Research Universal Flyback Driver Kit

Need a flexible source of high-voltage at a good price?  Here’s build notes & pictures of the Eastern Voltage Research Universal Flyback Driver Kit.   I ordered this kit along with several others (which I’ll be covering later) from Dan McCauley.   … Continue reading

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