Originally posted by nihilismor
I think possibly that is the one I am talking about. You could push a button to activate it. I guess I was underestimating about how cool it is.
Just out of curiosity, how else would you activate one? Have a great big crank that a tossled white haired lab coated PHd started cranking in the middle of a giant basement?
The Tesla coil is just a transformer but with a tiny difference in the output voltage
There are other high voltage generators, you know about the Van De Graff generator? Google it if you are interested, generates hundreds of thousands of volts based on moving trapped static charges via a leather or rubber belt which is driven by a motor, low current so people do the hair sticking out trick when they get charged up a hundred thousand volts or so. I used to work with 200,000 volt power supplies on my previous line of work as an Ion Implant field service engineer. That was a trip.