Date: Sun, 05 Jan 2003 17:16:38 +0100
From: Rene Tschaggelar
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Subject: Re: High Voltage from car parts. Help me please.
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> I am working on a "lifter" project (details at
> First, I tried powering my lifter with a monitor, but burned up some
> of the components. Then my dad put together my current power source,
> a 12 volt battery running a distributor that drives a car ignition
> coil. Unfortunately, my lifter still didn't lift. For weeks, I
> worked on getting my design lighter. I am under 2 grams now for 36
> inches of lifting surface, and have *almost* achieved lift. The
> device skitters a bit across the table, and when suspended from the
> ceiling moves sideways enthusiastically. Unfortunately, I don't see
> any way to remove more weight. The foil doesn't even have balsa wood
> under it anymore, it is supported by its own curve and the tension of
> the top wires. My dad and I began investigating our power source, and
> found it might have some issues. Here are a few questions:
> C) Any other suggestions for improving this power source?
Almost 20 years ago we tried a similar experiment, different geometry.
We had a friend working at a high voltage lab who found our tries
interesting. With capacitors in the region of 1 m^2 we couldn't measure
any force up to the breakthrough voltage of some 50 to 70kV.
While we never believed in a measureable effect, we found the
introduction into the high voltage technology rather interesting.