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Offline pentode

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Strokes caused by Tesla coils
« on: October 11, 2018, 03:21:53 PM »
Hi,
Has anyone had a stroke due to using any type of Tesla coil.
SGTC, SSTC etc.
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Re: Strokes caused by Tesla coils
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2018, 05:01:06 PM »
No idea, but I'd say it's unlikely to be the cause of a tesla-coil related demise, unless someone manages to get an RF burn through their head!

The biggest danger is definitely the large mains transformers used by bigger SGTCs (capable of amps at HV, insta-death), followed probably by big HV caps on larger SGTCs. Maybe also voltages used in VTTCs (not very familiar with them unfortunately).

Other than that, mains is probably the most dangerous part of solid state coils - everything else might be able to give you a nasty RF burn but is unlikely to kill you. For something like a QCW the fright and stumble/fall from being hit by one is probably more dangerous than a spark from one hitting the body (which, from experience, isn't bad at all).

As always, look to crazy russians on youtube for an idea of what people have gotten away with: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJeTqOt4xDuL2imX7zYnJlw (e.g.
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Any reason why you asked about strokes in particular? It wouldn't hurt to start a thread on safety, but this is very specific!
« Last Edit: October 11, 2018, 05:10:07 PM by Hydron »

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Re: Strokes caused by Tesla coils
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2018, 06:21:46 PM »
Because I've recently had a stroke after playing with SSTC for a year.
 But then, I'm 85 :)
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Re: Strokes caused by Tesla coils
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2018, 07:44:17 PM »
High frequency currents are more likely to damage your nerve system than your blood transportation system.

If your heart sinus was disturbed by the SSTC, you would likely suffer from a heart-attack/fibrilation than a stroke, which leads me to ask was it a ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke?

Good to see that you recovered enough to write on a forum, best wishes for your health.
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Re: Strokes caused by Tesla coils
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2018, 11:12:14 PM »
Thanks Mads, for your good wishes.
Not sure which type as I'm still having tests.
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