How to build a tesla coil!
Most of us suffer from a very poor education when it comes to basic electronics. Thethought of building a device with such high voltage output was very intimidating tosay the least! To my rescue came the Summer 1992 catalog from InformationUnlimited. Add to this that I had quit my job (i.e. I had some time on my hands) andthat $240 didn't seem to be an unreasonable amount of money to spend for a timekiller (when not searching for a new job) and dream fulfillment.It occurred to me that there may be other Tesla novices out there who might beinterested in trying to "feel the power" of a real Tesla coil fashioned with their ownhands. This brief write-up will let a novice Tesla coil builder, whom chooses to starttheir Tesla building career with a BTC-3 kit from Information Unlimited, to have abetter idea of what to expect if using the BTC-3 kit.
The BTC-3 kit, when finally put together, delivered the 12" sparks as promised fromthe 250 KV output. However, a few screws necessary for the construction of the coilwere missing from the kit and necessitated a trip to the local hardware store. Thedirections were cryptic and the drawings didn't match the eventual configuration asbuilt. Some parts appear to have been substituted for those that were described in thedirections requiring some improvisation in order to get things to work. The kitrequired very little in the way of tools, or knowledge of electronics, to put together and required a total of about 10 hours over two weekends to construct. In spite of some of the changes required during construction, I found the kit satisfactory andworth the price.I also went on to buy the optional Toroid Terminal after completing the coil and Iwould highly recommend it to anyone considering building the BTC-3 kit. While thebare wire coming off the top of the coil produced considerable sparks, it was onlywhen I attached the Toroid to the secondary coil that the coil seemed to "come alive"and produce an incredible discharge field and a constant output of 10" to 14" sparks.Well worth the extra $69.Now, I am ready to move on to building a 1 million volt coil that I hope to build from