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joe faro
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Can some one tell me what is the best power source for the electric chair act? I know some have used violet ray wands but they can't be left on very long. I've looked at neon light transformers and florescent light ballast. Can any one advise?
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Tesla coil.
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There are also solid-state tesla coils, which allow you to bypass a regular process of tuning.
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The historical answer is a generator from a Model-T Ford. Which are readily available and easy to come by...or so I read.

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I ended up using a Oudin coil from here: http://www.teachersource.com/ElectricityAndMagnetism/TeslaCoils/OudinCoil_InchTeslaCoilInchwSafetySwitch.aspx. Also look up "Neon testers"; they are similar.

My understanding is you'd only want to use the neon transformer for a Jacob's Ladder, and I don't know about the ballast.
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Stephon, do you prepare the Oudin coil the same way as a violet ray generator? Copper wire in the end?

I have Slims notes on it and I even bought a V.R.G but it is so old I really don't trust it. Alas I have a chair with no sparks.
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Thanks for the input. I've had a Model T coil since I was a kid but I used it with finish nails in the seat of a wood chair. Half the nails have a wire soldered to them and attached to the output,the other half are attached to the ground I then used a door bell button to give the victim a short but very hot shock. I no longer do this but still have the chair and coil. If you use this for The Human Dynamo I'm guessing the person can't be grounded without being shocked?
Stephon, I looked at the Oudin coil and it looks very much like a violet ray wand. The instructions also mentioned not to leave it on more than 10 min.,have you had problems with it over heating?
I did find a site that sells solid-state tesla coils( http://www.easternvoltageresearch.com ). If any one uses a solid-state tesla coil,what output voltage should I try?
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With the Oudin coil, I don't think you'll have to worry about it being on for 10 minutes at a time. It won't be, and if it is, your electric act may be too long.
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On 2011-06-05 20:31, joe faro wrote:
Stephon, I looked at the Oudin coil and it looks very much like a violet ray wand. The instructions also mentioned not to leave it on more than 10 min.,have you had problems with it over heating?
I didn't leave it on for more than, perhaps, a minute at a time, and there were no problems.

I tried running a jumper cable from the coil to the plate, but found that the output dropped significantly. Now, the coil is mounted beneath the plate, with a contact plate connecting them.

I believe what I have is essentially the same thing as a violet wand, except that it is not 60 yrs. old, nor does it come from a Ukrainian sex shop. Smile
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I turn one on and off nearly everyday about 60 times. For 30 seconds to a minute each time its on, and have been doing so for over a year. The coil is fine, there are no signs of it wearing out or anything like that.
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Agreed, I barbecued Lady Diana's butt with a violet wand everyday for a year. They are both still going strong last I heard. Cycled about 30 second on and off x 4 with a 20 min. break.
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In the process of building an electric chair, Plan on using the Violet Wand, I have seen footage of an effect where arcs of electricity shoot from the finger tips for what appears to be several feet. Running to somthing off screen. P.M. If you have any info on this more advanced demonstration.
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All these years later and I still don't have any sparks. I'm purchasing a Oudin coil to make a little boys dream come true. My 60 years old VRG can go back to the e-bay gods.

Stephon, So you have a brass plate on top of the surface with the coil directly underneath? No wire, just a copper plate that connects the top plate to the coil?

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Basically, yes. However, I saw a rig that had copper tubing wound around, but not touching, the coil and connecting to the plate. It may be that this gives you a better spark, but I don't have the EE knowledge to know for sure.
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Found a picture I took of it. Hope this helps.

Click here to view attached image.
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That's interesting. I've never seen a coil set that way.
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It seems a little on the large size. Still ...... Better Han having an unwanted baby.
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Huh, I can't imagine having a gap would increase the current? I would have thought to be the strongest conductor is should be hard mounted.
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On 2012-08-17 22:56, Rotten wrote:
Huh, I can't imagine having a gap would increase the current? I would have thought to be the strongest conductor is should be hard mounted.


Well even with a good hard mounting the coil should stop ......

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I was talking with someone about this a couple days ago and they said the coils create a spark gap that increased the voltage. This is all gibberish to me, so take it for what it's worth.
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