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Old 12-31-2013, 08:14 PM #769
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Yay, ordered a onetesla a few days ago and now it has shipped!


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Measure the resistance of your secondary. If its around 220 use a five turn primary. Or do as I did and redesign the primary.
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Nice, Grix! If you run into problems you know where to post for help =).

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It went swell! many people where amazed of its awesomeness
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Well my 220 mosfet bridge died xD , made it to 200 volts on the variac .

So I remade the full bridge with TO-247 mosfets and it made it to the full 250 Volt AC supply , Primary is 10 turns . The bridge is 1000uF smoothed with another 2.8uF PP cap as a snubber on the supply . then there are 2 10uF snubber capacitors on each leg of the full bridge .

( looks a lot better in person ) Pic is full supply , fully CW running .


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Wow nice CW discharges their ion!

Made a platform for my pancake coil today! Should look good with the clear base underneath.

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Where are yoy getting your acrylic from? Also whats holding the couls from unwinding or are you goung to glue it?
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I bought this black 4.5mm A3 sheet a while ago off ebay, yeah gunna hot glue it cause hot glue comes off easy if i need to readjust the turns
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Need to invest in some thick squares for my top and bottom sections of my chaddid and then some for my conical coil. Problem is I want rounded corners. May need to hit up Things again for some cut acrylic!
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Looks great!

After a few hours of hell I got my Digispark based MCU Interrupter working. It's good enough for a basic SSTC, and good enough for a basic level option to share with others, but I won't be fully endorsing it. The usb interfacing leaves a LOT to be desired. It isn't fully usb compliant, the connection is buggy as hell, and it is a nightmare to get a pc to recognize it. At least my code works fine.

The good news is that the ATTiny85 itself works exactly as expected, aside from the internal clock being about 20% slow. The main problem is just the digispark as a platform. It looks like I'm going to have to get an Arduino UNO/DUE when I can afford to and just make an ATTiny85 ISP Programmer Shield for future ATTiny projects. I'm glad I only spent $20 on the digispark + protoboard shield + breakout shield + shipping. I'm glad I did get those two shields as well, the proto one will be used for all the connections for my actual interrupter, and the breakout shield made it a LOT easier to do debugging and testing.

I think I'll use a full blown UNO/DUE for my 1MHz DRSSTC interrupter though. I can't afford to be blowing bridges because the internal clock on the ATTiny is 20% out.

It just sucks because at $8 for a $2MCU + $2VREG + built in dev board + basic breakout was an awesome deal. I guess the arduino based ISP saves money in the long run, but it is a lot harder pill to swallow.
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I was using the Arduino ISP the other day to program, guess what? An Attiny85!

It does work very well once I figured out to power the target chip and all of the gotchas to disable the
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I due recommend the UNO simply because it is one of the better supported newer ones. The others
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gave it a test run with the pancake coil and tuned it a bit, here's some results, its resonating at ~520kHz.


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Sweet. Is that running off your lil trafo, Fiddy?
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Yeah my 180VA Beast! Would putting a 10uF power factor correction capacitor on the primary of my tranny do it some good?
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Doesn't hurt, prob won't see any secondary side performance improvement though. It looks like your tank cap is too small, judging by the output.
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what output would you expect for 500kHz and 180VA?
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