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Help finding capacitors for tesla coil

Discussion in 'High Voltage' started by lokeycmos, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. lokeycmos

    lokeycmos New Member

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    Please help!! my tesla coil has been on the back burner for a while now. im stuck finding sutible capacitors for the primary tank circuit. im on a limited budget. factory made caps are very expensive! ive tried the homemade bucket cap route, but it didnt hold up. two of the glass bottles actually shattered in the bucket!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If1hMzv0hZI

    ideally i need 8.6nF. im powering my coil with 15kv NST. so 15000x1.414x(saftey factor of 2)=42.4KV. please contact me if you have some or know of a surplus store!
     
  2. DerStrom8

    DerStrom8 Super Moderator Most Helpful Member

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    You've gotten stuck at the exact place I did :p You might look up small caps on ebay, that you can buy in bulk to make up a MMC bank. That's become the most popular choice for Tesla coil hobbyists, but it can still rack up quite a bill if you don't choose carefully.
     
  3. gary350

    gary350 Well-Known Member

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  5. DerStrom8

    DerStrom8 Super Moderator Most Helpful Member

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    Those the ones from your coil, Gary?
     

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