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Default Tesla coil build book.

I got this as a present, and never read it. It's DRSSTC : Building the Modern Day Tesla Coil miniBrute Reference Design by Daniel McCauley in Engineering

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The miniBrute DRSSTC system is one of the most advanced solid state Tesla coil systems developed. Standing at only two feet tall, the miniBrute can easily produce output high voltage arcs exceeding 36 inches in length with the capability to produce arcs as long as 48 inches. The miniBrute DRSSTC was professionally designed as a demonstration coil which could be easily transported and quickly set-up.

This book outlines the complete design of the miniBrute DRSSTC. Complete electrical and mechanical details into the design, construction, and operation of this system is fully documented including schematics, parts lists, detail and assembly drawings, and test and operational procedures. Advanced tuning techniques are also covered in detail. If you are looking for the complete design to this exciting new Tesla coil technology, look no further!
I'm asking $20 for the book and $4 to ship it to the US. Any takers?

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id love to build a tesla coil!!! however it is currently beyond my limit of knowledge, if no one else wants this, ill take it, maybee i can build one in a few years
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Its easy if you can get a neon sign transformer.
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Since this is a laser forum, I'd be very, very surprised if it was above anyone's technical expertise. For everything that you need to do, it shows exactly what to do. This book has scary amounts of detail.
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Its easy if you can get a neon sign transformer.
Dans coils (minibrute designer) are DRSSTC (like the one in avatar, or the larger one on my youtube vids), they use semiconductors (IGBTs) to pump hundreds of amps into the primary and require a driver board+ some in-depth knowledge of power electronics and an o-scope. Though I imagine his instruction are great, I would still be abit hesitant to tune it without an o-scope and a current transformer.

What you are thinking is a spark gap tesla coil, which like you said is easy all that is needed is HV source. Things have changed quite a bit in the solid state front. They are fun as well.
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I meant parts wise.
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DRSSTCs run off-line, no HV transformers needed, what you are thinking of is the SGTC (HV transformer, LC circuit and spark gap).
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Man I want the one in your avatar brtaman!!! That thing looks SWEET!
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Kingdave: Thanks man

T_J: If that's what you want then I suggest you buy the book.

Converting a regular DRSSTC to what Steve Conner has set-up in that video is only a matter of changing the external interrupter (which sets pulse width and frequency) with a midi modulator which is quite a simple little thing:



Then all you do is hook it up to your keyboard...and viola. You have the coil in the video.
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My first project is going to be a Jacobs ladder. If I can make one that works, I'll move up too the coil next.
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I have always wanted a jacobs ladder. Anyone have any info on a DIY build for one?
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all you need is a high voltage transformer, neon sign transformers are the best because they are current limited. (you wouldn't build a laser without a driver.)
then you need two long pieces of metal and wood for the base.

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-...acob_s-ladder/

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all you need is a high voltage transformer, neon sign transformers are the best because they are current limited. (you wouldn't build a laser without a driver.)
then you need two long pieces of metal and wood for the base.

How to build a Five Foot Tall Jacob's ladder

I'm no good at explaining things so look at this instructable.
I was a second away from posting that link. You ninja!
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