solid state tesla coil circuit

Posted on Feb 7, 2014

Similar to the two transistor solid state Tesla Coil already on this site, this solid state Tesla Coil design uses a normal flyback transformer to generate it`s high voltage output. Unlike the other circuit, this one does not use two huge power transistors and high wattage resistors. Instead it uses a 555 timer to more efficiently drive a single M

solid state tesla coil circuit
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OSFET. It`s waveform has adjustable off and on time, making for an efficient circuit with little waste heat. It can be adjusted to drive most commonly found flyback transformers and can operate from a 12V to 18V supply. HV output can reach 60KV or more depending on the transformer and supply voltage. T1 as specified in the parts list is going to be almost impossible to find, but don`t worry. Penn-Tran was bought by Wiltron and no longer exists. However, most any medium to large flyback transformer will work as long as it does not have an internal rectifier. Suitable units are most often found in TVs made during the 1970s and 1980s. Look for the most impressive, dangerous, menacing transformer you can find. If you need an idea, a picture of a great transformer for use in this circuit: These can be found in a small metal box generally in the corner of the TV case, complete with a very handy voltage multiplier unit and usually a nice heatsink. You will need to either look up the datasheet for the transformer you have, or probe it with an ohmmeter to identify the coil connections. Most flybacks have a load of taps on the HV side to provide focusing, horizontal and vertical signals. These taps are generally of no use to you. To find the primary (coil B-A on the schematic) you need to find the two lowest resistance connections that are not also connected to the HV secondary wiring. Alternately, if your flyback has an open frame...

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