150VDC power supply

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by bob800, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. bob800

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    I would like to build the tesla coil as shown here: http://uzzors2k.4hv.org/projectfiles/4MHzclassE1/proper_4MHz_classE_SSTC.gif, though I'm not sure how the author supplied the 150V shown on the drain of the final MOSFET.

    Would rectified mains power (120V, US) work, with a smoothing capacitor? I could adjust the voltage with a variac... or would this be too dangerous without an isolation transformer?

    Thanks!
     
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    This site does not discuss powering things without an isolation transformer. That's the rules. No comment on how safe this project is.
     
  3. bob800

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    ...ok I was not aware that such discussion was off-limits... Can I ask if most SSTC's use isolation transformers? I do not see them on most schematics but judging from the "rule" you mention, I guess that is exceedingly dangerous?...

    I do not want to take any life-threatening shortcuts here--if an isolation transformer is recommended I will use one.
     
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  5. bob800

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    Hmmm whenever I try to signup I get "Something went wrong. Try again or contact an administrator". I guess I'll try again tomorrow.

    Thanks for the suggestion.
     
  6. Brownout

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    A 1:1 isolation transformer will produce about 170vdc. From there you have to regulate the output of 150v. I know of no regulator IC for 150v, but one can be made from discrete components, just make sure they are better than 150v rated. If you have a 120:108v transformer, you can make an unregulated 150v supply. One way to do this is to use a variable transformer. (variac) Lastly, you might find a transformer for 150v supply, or an complete supply, from an old tube type appliance (TV) I also found alot of 150v power supplies on e-bay.
     
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