safety gap

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Joined Apr 3, 2009
what is the purpose of the safety gap on a tesla coil? seems to me if something shorts out, it will go through the short rather than the gap.


Joined Nov 30, 2010
A quick google tells me that the safety gap is there to protect the transformer. If something besides the transformer shorts, the energy will indeed go through the short. If the short leads back to the transformer, the safety gap is supposed to absorb the abuse instead of the transformer taking the hit.