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What kind of capacitors for use in a Solid-State Tesla Coil?

Hi, i am currently building my own Solid State Tesla Coil (SSTC), and i want to know what kind of capacitors are the best for SSTC use. I have much experience with spark-gap type Tesla Coils, and i have used beer bottle capacitors, but i want to know if i should use poly-film, HV Caps, or what. Please help!


Best Answer...

Answer:

most important is high voltage breakdown rating

the old glass "Lyden jars" worked well because they were limited by by air ionization at the cap
they also had very low C values in micro-micro range

BE VERY CAREFUL with High voltage and high Capacity
do the energy storage and max amp out calculations
If you store many Joules it can be LETHAL