Bug zappers, source(s) for replacement HV transformers

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  1. Dwayne Oxford

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    Anybody know of any?
     
  2. MrAl

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    Hi,

    Buy another bug zapper, take out the transformer :)

    Ok seriously though this is a good question. Sorry i dont know of any offhand but i am sure someone here does. Back long ago myself and some fellow workers made a bug zapper out of a old TV high voltage transformer, but they are probably expensive to buy new.
     
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  3. MaxHeadRoom

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    What about trying to adapt an old auto H.V. coil from a wrecker?
    Max.
     
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  4. Dwayne Oxford

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    Wrecker?
     
  5. MaxHeadRoom

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    Automotive scrap yard.
    Max.
     
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  6. MrAl

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    Hi,

    Yeah i was going to say from an OLD TV set, but we dont see as many CRT type TV's around anymore. Old ignition coil might work.
     
  7. Techno Tronix

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    Long back ago, I tested Bug zappers with Q-tip.
     
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  8. Dwayne Oxford

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    Yep,I do too.
    LOL, Here, a wrecker is a tow truck. I've got 11 "parts" vehicles. Guess a 120VAC-12VDC transformer and 12V coil might work. I've got both, worth a shot anyway. Thanx!
     
  9. Dodgydave

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    Just put the 12v ac from your transformer to the ht coil, that will work on 50/60 hz.
     
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  10. ACvoltage

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    If you have an old microwave lying around, all microwave ovens contain a 2-5kV step-up transformer inside. This is because mangetrons--the units that generate the microwaves--require high voltage. Though, I'd be careful if you decide to go that route because they operate at high current. But back to your bugzapper, I was able to construct a functional bug-zapping device out of a high pressure sodium lamp and 2 wire-mesh screens only running off 120 volt mains.
     
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