the mains winding as the secondary. I don’t know the spec of the transformer, but I wasgetting a 1mm spark.
Construction of the Voltage Multiplier
The capacitors and diodes should be able to withstand the peak to peak RMS voltageoutput at the secondary coil of the transformer. They should be well spaced out so thatsparks can’t jump from one stage to another, and possibly encased in some type of insulating epoxy (potting compound) or oil.
I got many emails asking where to connect the battery and switch. I can see why it wasn’tclear, so here you go: Connect the negative terminal of the battery to the ground (0V) of the circuit, and connect the positive terminal of the battery to one terminal of a switch.Connect the other terminal of the switch to the +9-12V input of the circuit. Be sure theswitch is off whilst you’re doing this!
I’ve finally got round to sketching the layout for the stripboard. The arrow indicates thedirection of the copper strips (vertical). Q3 is mounted on a heatsink, thus it isn’t on theboard, and I have used a preset for R1 so that I can vary the frequency. The tags on Q1and Q2 indicate the position at which they must be mounted. If you use differenttransistors, it is likely that you’ll have to mount them differently. Just check the listingsfor them in an electronics catalogue for correct pin outs. Also note that the ‘-‘ sign in thecircle means connect the lead to the negative battery terminal. I’ve numbered the trackson the board for easy reference when constructing. The bridge shaped lines on thediagram are simply wires to connect tracks together. Using this layout, there is no need to‘break’ any copper tracks.