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  1. #1 High-voltage alternator/generator? 
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    I'm looking for some sort of alternator or generator that can directly generate multiple kilovolts of electricity, while being directly driven by an engine. It needs to produce at least 15 kv.

    Does anyone know of such a thing?

    It's for "special purposes".


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    How much current is your load going to draw?


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    The Honda EB11000 (see http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/M...elName=eb11000) puts out 10,000 watts or 120v/240v AC. Now you hook it up to a transformer to step up to the kilovolt range and you're in business. (It's alive!! It's alive!!)
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    Apparently a neon transformer is the thing hobbyists usually use to make a Jacob's Ladder.

    http://www.emanator.demon.co.uk/bigclive/jacobs.htm

    Then there are tasers that generate 50 kV to 1000 kV using a 9 volt battery. An automobile ignition system supplies around 40 kv to the spark plugs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver1968
    How much current is your load going to draw?
    It's not so much of a "load" as an "extremely high-voltage electric arc".



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    Apparently a neon transformer is the thing hobbyists usually use to make a Jacob's Ladder.

    http://www.emanator.demon.co.uk/bigclive/jacobs.htm

    Then there are tasers that generate 50 kV to 1000 kV using a 9 volt battery. An automobile ignition system supplies around 40 kv to the spark plugs.
    I know, my Jacob's Ladder is currently in a mess of stuff with its electrodes smashed.

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveF
    The Honda EB11000 (see http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/M...elName=eb11000) puts out 10,000 watts or 120v/240v AC. Now you hook it up to a transformer to step up to the kilovolt range and you're in business. (It's alive!! It's alive!!)
    Thanks, I'll check it out.
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    Alright, man...just be careful...or you'll be cleaning a "load" out of your pants.

    Care to elaborate on what your trying to do?
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    How long do you want the arc to be? If you are just looking for a few centimeters then an old TV (glass tube type) will provide all the basics...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megabrain
    How long do you want the arc to be? If you are just looking for a few centimeters then an old TV (glass tube type) will provide all the basics...
    I need something considerable more powerful than a flyback transformer. I'm thinking of using a utility power distribution transformer for step-up.

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    Ok...now I'm really interested....what sort of "Frankenstein-like" project do you have in mind that you need that much power? Trying to vaporize those damn squirrels stealing the pecans out of your tree?

    Oh please, please share.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver1968
    Ok...now I'm really interested....what sort of "Frankenstein-like" project do you have in mind that you need that much power? Trying to vaporize those damn squirrels stealing the pecans out of your tree?

    Oh please, please share.
    It has to do with a small, antique hit-and-miss engine, and a hot dog.
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