Reply-To: "bruce varley"
From: "bruce varley"
Subject: Re: Scary, high voltage power supplies. (7Kv, 50A, 50ns, 20Khz)
Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 20:51:35 +0800
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I too came out uscathed after tinkering with voltages up to many KV all
through my teens, so I can see where you're coming from, Chuck. But after 30
years in heavy industry, seeing with my own eyes more than one poor person
get fried, I feel compelled to state my humble opinion that it takes more
than just a bit of care and good luck to keep the risks at an acceptable
level if you're working with any sort of electricity and particularly 'high
voltage'. You only need to read some of the horrific incident reports posted
by the various authorities to see how fickle and dangerous this business can
be. Original poster, if you're going to press on, please take some time to
find out how to do things safely. In case it provides you with a bit more
incentive, be aware that the survivors from these sorts of accidents
sometimes incur very nasty permanent damage of a nature that you might not
BTW, I'd rate that Scientific American design (having read the article) as
seriously deficient in terms of safety.
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> Ridiculous. I cut my teeth on high voltage. When I was in high school,
> 10,000 volts was not a problem. I am seeing a generation raised on 5
> volts, very happy on 3.3 volts and looking forward to 2 volts. The
> secret to high voltage is don't get scared and keep your grubby hands
> out of it. I could teach a gorilla to handle that. The OP can do what he
> wants and live to tell about it if he is simply careful. 7000 volts
> doesn't jump very far. It's not like it's going to stalk him in the
> night or anything.
> ... The times have been,
> That, when the brains were out,
> the man would die. ... Macbeth
> Chuck Simmons firstname.lastname@example.org