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Electric insulator. Paraffin wax?
« on: March 10, 2024, 11:06:04 PM »
Hello.

I´m making a crofton walton generator and for testing I´m using paraffin oil. It is a very good insulator, but is a mess. So, for the final set up mi idea is to por melted paraffin wax from candles. Of course regular white candles. No aroma, no color. Once solidified, will it be as good insulator as paraffin oil?

It melts around 50ºC so shoudn't damage the diodes nor the caps right?

Thank you

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Re: Electric insulator. Paraffin wax?
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2024, 04:23:20 AM »
Paraffin wax should work well as an insulator. There are two potential problems with it though for use in a CW multiplier. You have to be careful not to let air bubbles get trapped during the pour. These will obviously reduce the insulation properties. The other problem is maintenance and repair. If you lose a diode or capacitor then repair will be very difficult. If you can make an adequately sealed system, I would use mineral oil because repair is much easier. I use mineral oil in my CW multiplier.
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Re: Electric insulator. Paraffin wax?
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2024, 08:32:09 AM »
Thanks for your answer. Yes the alternative is an acrylic pipe sealed. Ok I'll go for the oil

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Re: Electric insulator. Paraffin wax?
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2024, 01:16:48 AM »
Paraffin wax will shrink as it cools and may crack.  You can make it tougher and slightly flexible by dissolving hot-glue sticks in the wax.

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Re: Electric insulator. Paraffin wax?
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2024, 10:08:51 PM »
Oh I didn´t know that. thabks for your answer.


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Re: Electric insulator. Paraffin wax?
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2024, 05:55:22 AM »
I've dealt with a similar dilemma before, and I feel your pain! When it comes to insulating materials, getting the right balance between effectiveness and convenience can be tricky.
I found some helpful tips from one residential electrician, and they suggested checking out kanatautilitiesltd.ca for more insights. They're pretty knowledgeable about this stuff.
As for using paraffin wax from candles, it sounds like a creative solution! Just make sure it solidifies properly and doesn't interfere with your generator's components. With its melting point around 50°C, it shouldn't cause any damage, but it's always good to double-check.
« Last Edit: April 01, 2024, 02:02:17 PM by CarolinaWilkinson »

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