My Tesla coil DRSSTC1 exploded 12 days before a show, panic!

Can you guess the song that was played?

Silent death during a MIDI playback, once power is turned back on, the bridge short circuits and burns outs.

I quickly changed it to a SKM200GB123 inverter bridge that I had around, built for another experimental project, hence why its a little crude.

It took 3-4 evenings/nights to locate all the faults, replace parts and get it running again.

I am happy.

Tesla coil schematic and pictures of Kaizer DRSSTC I

Learn how to build your own Tesla coil and how to make it play music through a MIDI interrupter that can connect a computer to your Tesla coil in order to play music from just the sparks alone. It can be a hard start to build a Tesla coil if you have no prior experience in doing so, I recommend that you watch my video on how I learned to build Tesla coils and the history of how I started by building small Tesla coils up to my very large Tesla coil that can make 4 meter long sparks and play music while doing so. Besides the guide that I have listed here above, I have also developed a good deal of tools that can help you design and check if your components can be used in a Tesla coil. It is important to stay within the physical and electrical limits of the components, else you are at great risk of damaging them due to Tesla coils pushing the components beyond their specifications in order to get the longest sparks for the least amount of money.

Mads Barnkob

Electrician, programmer, experimenter and amateur scientist with experience in industry automation, programming and all kinds of high voltage generating electronics. Administrator of https://kaizerpowerelectronics.dk and the high voltage community forum https://highvoltageforum.net

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