Help Increase Voltage from 12V to ~1000V

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by scheban, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. scheban

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    Hey guys,

    I am working on a medical device that requires us to have a large amount of voltage. We will most likely have a 9 to 12 voltage supply and we need to amp-up the voltage to around 1000V. Any ideas on how to do it? The most I've been able to get it to is around 180V. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. PackratKing

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    Google voltage doublers / triplers, etc. There are any numbers of ways to do this. How about our onsite textbooks ??
    Main question would be how much current would you need to maintain. ??

    Be advised this question may violate site restrictions on highvoltage projects. That's up to moderators...
     
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  3. kubeek

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    Also the combination of medical and high-voltage seems rather odd, what is the ultimate goal?
     
  4. Georacer

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    The best way to get good help is make good requirement specifications. Care to go into a bit more detail?

    And take a look at our Terms of Service. We wouldn't want last-minute-closures of your thread.
     
  5. MrChips

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  6. Audioguru

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    Why would anybody believe that zapping a muscle with a high voltage makes it stronger?? The muscle simply twitches. Oh, maybe for a paralysed person.
     
  7. thatoneguy

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    I inherited an OLD set (1920s vintage) of variously shaped crooks tubes modified to use 120V 2 prong plug. It is packed in a wooden box with velvet fitted lining, from coarse comb shapes to all sorts of different "body friendly" forms. Still worked last I tested it, some 20 years ago. The tubes lit up sort of like plasma balls of today, with one stream of blue light following (and shocking) any skin it touched.

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  8. strantor

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    Do you have $120? I've used this in the past and can vouch for it.
     
  9. #12

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    Cool!

    Not cheap, but a thousand volts in shirt pocket size?
    Cool!
     
  10. Salaja

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    van de graaff generator?

    should be able to make the voltage, but i don't think they are capable of putting out much (any?) current.
     
  11. MrChips

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    A Van de Graaff generator produces voltages from 100kV to 20MV!
     
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