Let’s Build: Tiny Tesla Coil, Part 3

After over a month of troubleshooting, Jeremy, Sean, and Norm regroup to give an update on the Tiny Tesla Coil build. Bad controller boards and blown fuses may have gotten the better of us. But not all is lost–we have some footage of the Tesla Coil working!

Comments (9)

9 thoughts on “Let’s Build: Tiny Tesla Coil, Part 3

  1. Failure is always an option. Guess I’ll take this off my wishlist, at least until they’ve made playing music with lightening more reliable 😀

  2. See my comment for part 1 🙂 Exact same thing happened to us building it. Green flash. IGBT blew, the bridge rectifier blew (which is also soldered to the board). Tempted to try a 3rd rebuild to get to the bottom of why these kits choke on themselves.

  3. Thanks so much for this. Saved me $200. This clearly needs a redesign to better protect the circuit from itself. Is there a circuit layout one could look at to ascertain the problems?

  4. there are smaller less expensive kits on like ebay and a bunch of youtube videos of those working so anyone who wanted a tesla coil could try one of those

  5. Great work, guys.

    We love seeing your successes, but all of us have failures and it brings us closer as a community when we share them.

    Keep up the great work!

  6. I was tempted to offer one kit to my dad for the laughs (he built one “full size” Tesla coil, over 6ft high).

    It would have been fun, but looks like I’ll have to find something else. Maybe something can still done by scaveging some of the parts ?

  7. Wrap it up and send it back to the gang! Let *them* tell you what’s wrong with it. They can fix it, test it and send it back to you.

    Nice try you guys! Does look cool– and the short success was nice enough.

  8. Replace D4, the 400V power rectifier! I had a oneTesla, the original model, and had a problem with these. It was undocumented in the manual, but when they blow, they blow closed and create a short across the 120V line.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

One Day Builds

Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Velociraptor Costume…

Adam's velociraptor costume starts to take form as he builds…

Making

Adam Savage Learns to Vacuum Form Life-Size Dinosa…

Adam learns about the various materials and fabrication tech…

Making

Adam Savage Tests Boston Dynamics Spot’s New Robot…

Spot has received a massive upgrade in the form of its new r…

One Day Builds

Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Studio Ghibli Dioram…

Adam's latest build taps into his love for Studio Ghibli fil…

Show And Tell

Stormtrooper Exploded-View Model Kit Build!

This week's model kit build actually begins as a disassembly…

One Day Builds

Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Life-Size Velocirapt…

Adam embarks on one of his most ambitious builds yet: fulfil…

Making

Adam Savage Meets A Life-Size Animatronic T-Rex!

Adam steps into the massive workshop of Animax Designs, a ch…

Podcast - This Is Only a Test

All Eyes On Perserverance – This is Only a Test 58…

We get excited for the Perserverance rover Mars landing happening later today in this week's episode. Jeremy finally watches In and Of Itself, we get hyped for The Last of Us casting, and try to deciper the new Chevy Bolt announcements. Plus, Kishore gets a Pelaton and we wrack our brains around reverse engineering the source code to GTA …

Making

Adam Savage’s Favorite Tools: C-Thru Triangle!

Adam shares another essential tool that was one of the first…

Show And Tell

Adam Savage’s King George Costume!

Adam recently completed a build of the royal St. Edwards cro…