Bug zappers, source(s) for replacement HV transformers

MrAl

Joined Jun 17, 2014
9,197
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.
 

MrAl

Joined Jun 17, 2014
9,197
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.
 

ACvoltage

Joined Jun 20, 2016
1
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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