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CO2 Power Supply Schematic Help

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Don't! Pots have limited power dissipation and withstanding voltage rating. It'll burn up, arc over and/or electrocute you when you touch the shaft.
Yeah, I tapped the pot's shaft with a screwdriver and saw sparks then removed it.
 

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Please just stop and buy a premade PSU, you can get them for a little over $100 shipped on eBay. Learning is good and all but learning on something where 1 error could kill you, you're not exactly doing yourself any favours.
 

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Added in the caps which increased output, although it still doesn't look like it is emitting anywhere near full power. I am thinking that not enough voltage is going in and not ionizing all the gas. What do you guys think?
 

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If the tube is lasing at all, then there's enough voltage. Not enough current is the problem.
 
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If the tube is lasing at all, then there's enough voltage. Not enough current is the problem.
I see. Also thanks for your concern for my safety. I don't know what to say except that I am taking as many safety precautions as possible (triple checking caps, wearing rubber gloves, using one hand, standing on rubber...).

As for current I might test out this zvs flyback for higher current

Thanks a ton man.
 
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