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High frequency high voltage supply

     This supply creates a high voltage of several thousand volts at a frequency of several hundred kHz. Such voltage behaves differently than DC HV or HV of lower frequency. Therefore, it is possible to perform experiments you can't do with other supplys. The main advantage is that this voltage thanks to the skin effect makes virtually no electric shocks, so you can touch the output using bare metal object (!). However, the high frequency current has thermal effects and can not be therefore directly touched (risk of burns).
     Schematic of the high frequency high voltage supply is very simple, it is a single-switch driver with MOSFET driven through a very simple oscillator circuit with the 555. At the output, there is no resonant capacitor as usual, because its function takes both output and Miller capacitance of MOSFET and secondly internal capacitance of the transformer. Operating frequency is tuned to resonance with potentiometer. With proper tuning the output has slight corona. This high frequency high voltage supply draws about 6A. Use N-type MOSFET, such as BUZ10, BUZ11, IRF530, IRF540, IRFZ44, STP24NF10 or STP36NF06. Transistor must be heat sinked. Smaller heat sink than the one in the pictures is enough.
     The output of the HF transformer is wound on a large ferrite core of the old TV HV transformer (LOPT). The primary winding has 6 turns of thick insulated wire. Secondary has 300 turns of 0.4 mm diameter or less, wound on the spool from solder. Winding is wound in several layers (in my case five). In each layer are carefully made by winding turns together and must never be crossed. Individual layers of winding must be well insulated from each other, such as strip cut-out from a plastic bottle. Insulation must extend to the edge of the spool and must be at least two layers, otherwise it can shoot through. Don't put turns to the edge, but leave to each side the gap around 3-4 mm. Windings must be attached by tape to prevent it from getting closer to the edge of the spool. Attention should also be paid to the coil terminals and transitions between the layers. If wound in five layers, on each side of the coil there are 2 transitions and one outlet. They must be evenly spaced, ideally 120 degrees apart. Grounded is obviously the lower end of the coil. You can certainly experiment with the number of turns, but I do not recommend less than 3 turns on primaryd.
     Experiments with the supply I will not longer describe. The images below are better for this purpose. Pictures are read the best :-). Everyone can find much more possible experiements.

     Warning: Experiments with this high frequency high voltage power supply you do at your own risk and the author does take no responsibility for any damage to your health, life or property. Touching the output can result in burns or electrical shock. People with pacemakers other supporting devices can not work with this supply or get close to it. Long-term exposition to the RF currents can have adverse health effects. The supply can damage nearby electronic appliances and devices. The operation also leads to strong radio interference and EMI.

The schematic of the High frequency high voltage supply.

The printed circuit board (PCB) picture and plan. Here are the files for download: the board in PDF for printing and the plan in Eagle. I thank "Temsi" for them.

The entire supply connected to the battery. It can also be powered by 12v dc supply with grounded output and current rating at least 7A.


The circuit.

First coil that was damaged because it has only one insulation layer.

The supplies of wire: HV transformer primary from the Athos TV from 1950s at the right and vertical deflection coils from little bit newer TV at the left.

Arc into the screw. It really does not hutr :).

Sodium lamp (SHC 150W)...

One more (SHCP 110W).

Bluish arc in the clear fluorescent tube.

Classic fluorescent tube.

Czech crown.

Mercury wapor lamp RVL-X 80W with no envelope glass.

Big neon lamp shines even when not touching the output directly.

Xenon flash lamp.

200W light bulb acting as a plasma globe. At such a high frequency the arcs do not look like lightnings.