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My second solid state TC (DC output)
again using a fly-back transformer


Table of contents:

Specs of the fly-back circuit
Other Experiments

The specs of the second TV fly-back system are:

Control board
Not required, just a switch.

This circuit was designed and buildt for me by a coiling friend from France. The purpose of this circuit is to reach higher voltages than possible with neons (only 8kV in germany) for some experiments with my TCs in single shot mode (very low BPS with big caps). I buildt the 42VDC power supply (with additional 21V mode) and tried to add some minor changes in the grounding system - and promtly killed the FET... Standard output voltage is 23.7kV (measured with 1 GOhm HV-probe on VOM). With only 21V input voltage, the output is 12.7kV. The flyback should deliver about 3mA (according to Peter who buildt it), but the input power is only 10W. Assuming an efficiency of 75% (guess it is more like 50%), there are only 7.5W at the output side, the high voltage dropping down to perhaps 15kV at only 0.5mA load.
< circuit diagram and more information coming soon > [under construction]

Experiments / max. arcs


Sorry, no photos of the circuit up to now! [under construction]


A Lifter is a very low weight structure which can fly if enogh ion wind is produced. It has NOTHING to do with antigravity and such things, as it will not lift in vacuum ( 

Daniel C. and I buildt two lifters (13.03.2005) but the output ftrom this DC-supply (approx. 0.5mA at 15kVDC under load) was much to weak to get the lifter up into the air. I let the one I buildt successfully hover with my 40kV Cockroft-Walton multiplier at the GTL-Teslathon2006.

Since smaller Lifters need less power, I buildt a smaller Lifter, which can hover up into the air, lifted up by the power of this high DC voltage. During lift-off, it is very unstable (though it has enough thrust), so I can't make the feedlines much longer. Perhaps a tail like the one used on kites will help here. Have to think if an isolating tail would be better than a conducting tail connected to the aluminum foil... [under construction]

Design data:

side length


height of aluminum sheet

__cm [under construction]

diameter of corona wire

__mm [under construction]

distance of corona wire above aluminum sheet

__cm [under construction]

weight __g [under construction]

Since the two fine wires which deliver the voltage to the Lifter will attract when they are to near together, a simple solution is to make a support and provide one of the feed wires from above:

This is the first image of the first flight:

More images from the flights at the GTL-Teslathon2005 in Schwieberdingen:

Other Experiments:

That circuit is really hair-raising (me standing on and isolated table connected to this HVDC source at the GTL-Teslathon2005):

With the circuit, we let some charged soap bubbles float over a charged aluminum area (the bubbles avoided to land on the alumnium):

They really jumped up and down when I switched the voltage on and off!
A videoclip can be found here:
This soap bubble experiment was brought to the GTL's Teslathon2005 by the nice people of the german popular science magazin "ZeitWissen", who made a documentation of us which can be found here: (only in german)