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By: Mehdi Sadaghdar
0:00 Intro, 5 Million Giveaway Announcement
0:36 Making of the Tesla Coil Magic Wand
14:03 Testing the Magic Wand
17:14, Giveaway Time!

Hi electro boom channel finally reached 5 million subscribers. All thanks to you. If it wasn't for you liking my videos, i would be probably at the corner of some lab sniffing solder fumes. Now i just sniff solder fumes at home.

So thank you and it took us a little bit less than 10 years. So now we have to celebrate with a great project and a massive giveaway of four 3d printers thanks to lulzbot for providing them. It has psychic a mini 2, a taz workhorse and a taz pro s watch to the end. If you want one, do you remember my high voltage dc magic wand? I made a while back now.

I want to make a super high voltage ac magic wand. Basically, i want to make a portable tesla coil, which is quite simple. All we need is a piece of wood like this as the handle of the wand, then we just need a tad bit of duct tape to connect our tesla coil to the piece of wood and there we have it there. We are, let me increase the power increase.

The frequency, oh yeah, look at this, it's beautiful now. I have a magic one too much noise i'll do voice over here. What the hell! My thing just turned on what is going on. Why is my table? Rising? Oh hahaha, i have actual magic powers.

Come on. Stop my god. You little buffoon, i'm joking, i'm going to make a proper magic wand. I feel like i might be making a failure, which is probably something my parents said when they were debating about.

Having me know what really these magnificent arcs require such dimensions and big circuits and to fit them inside a tiny magic wand sounds impossible. Well, let's try it anyways. We may not get any magnificent arcs, but we can at least make the wand beautiful. Well.

Let me explain the plan to you. Well, i was thinking i bought. One of these touch monitor is that you can draw on maybe it's time to replace my stupid white board. Although i don't want to lose the white board, it has nostalgic values.

Let me see what i can do i'll wear my green shirt backwards, so it's blank and comes all the way up my neck. I use my elgato green screen set up my drawing thingy here and i'll pop a headless picture of me on the screen there. We are, and now i can't draw anything i want on the memory of my whiteboard okay, so a tesla coil is generally a pretty bad transformer and it's it's badness. That makes it great with a primary coil, a secondary coil and a big metal toroid on top called a top load.

The large metal top load creates a parasitic capacitance to the environment and earth and, of course, the secondary coil has an inductance and together they create a resonance frequency and tesla coil is a transformer that works in resonance mode. So this means, if we actuate the primary at the same resonance frequency as the secondary, the output energy builds up over time, creating huge voltages. So you see the resonance frequency is dependent to the inductance and capacitance of the secondary, the larger, the top load, the larger the capacitance and the larger the inductor, the larger the inductance, and this poses a problem for our magic wand, see we are restricted by the Dimensions of our magic wand, because well we want it to look like a magic wand, see the secondary, winding will be thin and long and the secondary top load can only be a tiny ball and i guess the primary coil will be very tightly wound around the Secondary which is bad too, so, basically, we have a small inductance and a small capacitance which will both contribute to a much higher resonance frequency and it makes it much harder to drive the circuit. Well, let's make the coil itself and then we'll see if you can drive it at all, so here's the plan.

First, i will 3d print a thin and long pipe to use as my secondary for ease of printing. I designed it as two separate half pipes that i will glue together, save my model on usb and, let's start printing wow, i put off using it for so long. I thought it would be much more complicated to use, but it's so easy to set up and run, and it's noiseless compared to my last one. I guess i'll see you in 15 hours.

Finally, now we carefully try to peel it off. I have to remove the support structures and now we chop it and put it in the salad. Then we glue the two pieces together using crazy glue and hold them together with tapes while they dry like so then we remove some uneven edges and sandy to make it as smooth as your brains. Apologies then i'll 3d print, a tiny piece that will hold my top load ball.

I bought some steel balls. I just need one of them to use as my top load here it is. Printing. A beautiful art is a result that will tightly hold your balls and goes to the end of the rod.

Apologies then i'll wind, my secondary coil, i use 28 gauge wires for over 700 turns. Then i place the ball holder on top and pass the end of the wire through it and connect the wire to the ball somehow and then glue the ball to the holder. Here i'm using a spring connected to the end of the wire, then i use crazy glue and push the ball against the spring and hold it until it dries. Then we need to wind a few primary windings right on the secondary, which frightens me.

The reason is that the primary windings are at much lower voltage than the secondary, so it can easily break through the insulation and arch between the wires. So i have a plan. I am going to 3d print a container to put on the secondary and fill it with epoxy, and hopefully this additional layer will provide enough insulation between primary and secondary. Here is the part being 3d printed, and i put the two pieces together and weld them together.

Using hot temperature like so and then i fill the part with epoxy and let it dry and while i'm at it, i epoxy the secondary tool for protection and electrical isolation. And i guess here the table is getting a free coating of epoxy too and then i'll rotate it for hours for until it dries evenly now we are making the primary winding bending it into shape using 10 gauge wire, and i bend and form i didn't come All the way from iran to state the obvious i put it on the place. I guess then i use the wire jacket to create insulation for primary so that its wires don't touch each other like. So i think that was smart.

Now, there's a typical problem with tesla coils that if you look right there, a lot of magnetic fields don't pass through the entire length of the secondary or at all. This means you have poor coupling between primary and secondary windings, and you have to create a ton of reactive power in primary so that some of it converts to real power in secondary now. Reactive power is not a waste in itself, but to create it. You have to generate a ton of waste over the driving components and that's when generating a ton of reactive power becomes a problem.

The reason for this bad coupling between primary and secondary windings is that, unlike other transformers, tesla coils, don't use ferromagnetic cores and only use air core, which is a piece of junk when it comes to cores. The reason we use air core is simple, though, if we actually use a conductive ferromagnetic core for our tesla coil, because the voltage across the secondary of tesla coil is huge. Having such conductive core places super high voltages very close to each other, and so the voltage will arc through the insulation of wires and short the coil. I did see this when i was running my tesla coil in vacuum, which melted my secondary all, because i accidentally ran a screw too deep inside the secondary.

I was holding my top load with a screw that was going too deep inside the secondary, and the voltage between these two parts was high enough that in vacuum my screw arc to my winding and melted the whole thing. But my dudes, i may not have much choice. The inductance and capacitance here might be so small that their resonance frequency would be too high to be easily drivable. If i use some sort of ferrite core, i can increase my inductance, which in return reduces my resonance frequency easier to drive.

Not only that a core will focus the magnetic fields inside the secondary and further up the winding, which means a larger energy transfer. And hopefully a much larger voltage, but of course we have the problem of shorting high voltage. So here's the plan, i bought a bunch of short ferrite beads. I will place these beads at a distance of around half a centimeter to each other, and then i will encase the whole thing in epoxy.

The goal is that not only this is not a continuous core, so it doesn't place super high voltages close to each other, but also all the gaps between them and around them is covered with epoxy. That should provide a very good insulator against high voltage arcing through it i'm using a clear sheet to create a mold for the epoxy and the beads like. So then i use a two-part epoxy. I pour equal parts and mix them until clear.

Then i put them in a vacuum chamber to debobulate. Then i pour the epoxy and place the beads inside then i spaced them half a centimeter and after drying, look at the beauty that comes out, but we are not done i'll print, a mold for the epoxy, because i want to make it even thicker. I place my rod inside and let it dry then i take it out of the mold by melting, the mold. I broke the end of my rod, but that's okay i'll glue it back.

Now we sand my special core, so it fits in my wand now that i made my specialized core it's time to see if the insulation is any good, and for that i'm going to use my tesla coil if there's anything that can break through the insulation, it's These high voltage arcs, let's try it, let's not jump out, we jumped, but it jumped over the surface, not through the beads ow ow ow yeah. It just creeps over the surface. Here i put a ground connection, i'll use faster, pulses to see where exactly they go here we go see it jumps over the surface and doesn't go through the beads, so i say installation approved and of course, then i will cover the whole thing in a layer Of epoxy, the reason is that the primary winding right here right here is too close to the high voltage secondary winding here that scares me and hopefully adding epoxy on all of it, provides enough insulation to prevent arcing between the two windings. This time i got smart.

Instead of turning my one for hours, i connect it to a magnet and, on the other side, to a dc motor hold it in place, turn it on and it will turn on its own. Then i pour epoxy on it and the rotation makes it very, even increasing the speed makes it even more evenly distributed. I increased the number of magnets to 5 to make it more secure and stable, and it is beautiful. It is done.

The thing is that i had no control over the values of inductance and capacitance, and the whole thing was pretty much driven by the shape of the one that i wanted to get and really the value of capacitance is also kind of random too, and depends on The environment around the wand, like, if i bring my hand close it, will change the capacitance. Well, at least it looks good, let's see if we can drive it now. Look at this beauty it's time to test it. First, i'm gon na drive it with my slayer exciter circuit.

You may remember from a long ago here's my one taped to a cardboard box and i'll run it off 20 volts, no explosions, no arcs, either, though, as expected, let's see, if i can create the radiation, is interfering with my table. So i guess it works table is offline. Let's turn it on and try a broken fluorescent lamp and see if it turns on oh, oh there you go quite weak to my taste, though maybe it's time to do some measurements and use my special core. Oh, i broke my lamp okay, i place the probe close to the tip of the wand to pick up the radiations and show it on the scope.

You turn it on and you see there is around 2.6 megahertz signal coming out. That can change. If i bring my hand close, let's put my special core corin here we are, the frequency drops and the output rises nice. Now the frequency is around 1.85 megahertz.

So my core works increases. The inductance by around double, reduces the frequency and increases the output voltage. Let's use another lamp and see if it's brighter, yes, it turns on earlier and is brighter. You know, i think i have a beefed up slayer exciter, let's use that one! Here's the beefed up version also, i drilled some holes on a piece of wood to hold.

My wand, better here you go, can i maybe get some arcs out of it? Ow did you see it it burned and here's the lamp see it turns on much brighter over a longer distance. No significant arcs, though, unless i use my super strong circuit and i would also need some sharp spike coming out of the head. Let's make something i designed and printed. This part cut the extra pieces past the nail through it and glued a neodymium magnet, and here we have our sharp spike and here's my beloved old driver.

Okay, here we are ow. Oh, you see that look at the fluffy plasma up there and now the light turns on much more powerfully from a longer distance. This is beautiful. Oh no, look at this.

Why is this so hot? The wire is so thick. Maybe there was some bubble under the epoxy and there was some internal arching and the air expanded melting, the plastic and push it out. I have to fix it now, my art. Ah, that's fine.

The wires are: okay, i'll, just cut the plastic open and refill it with epoxy and finish the one later now. Let's celebrate give away time, thanks to lulzbot for providing me with this baby and four more to my viewers. This is some rugged beast made in usa and depending on the model you get, they come with a ton of features like the self-leveling, heated bed and very easy and quiet operation. Mine has been running reliably and the print quality was great as long as you know how to 3d print.

You know there is a learning curve, but i think they did everything they could to shorten that learning curve. Now not everyone needs a 3d printer so to make it easy. If you need one go to twitter and follow lovesbot3d and follow me too, while you're at it, then post a tweet tagging, lulzbot 3d using hashtag electroboom and say why you need a 3d printer and one week from now, you could be winning one of their great 3D printers again thanks for pushing me up to 5 million subscribers, and thanks for watching.

16 thoughts on “Making a tesla coil magic wand, to celebrate 5 million subs!”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Skitter McKitter says:

    I think the pouring/turning method or a dipping method would be much less likely to result in bubbles than the pouring-into-mold method. I would coat the end, then insert into the sheath.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Utkarsh Sahu UTKETCHUP says:

    Yo wtf
    Why does this have like 358 views?

    Lof you Mehdi
    Congratulations 🎉🎉👀🙃

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars felipemrc says:

    I love this channel, I'm proud to be part of this 5M subs. Congrats!!!!

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Al Hunt says:

    Darn. No free 3D printer love for people who shun Twitter/Facebook.
    Ah, well. One must stand by ones convictions.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Aww Man says:

    5 million Boomers? This is huge.
    Now we need a 5 million volt arc!

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars XJ9 says:

    Hey mehdi i hope you ventet your Office/Workbench room after dropping that mecury filled Lamp

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars NotADiscordBot says:

    Mehdi absolutely deserves those 5 mil!
    Keep it up bud love your content

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Night Walker says:

    mehdi stop flexing your table 😉 .. Congratulations on 5 million subs 👍

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Oi Bruv says:

    I come to this channel to see if he is still alive and I’m glad

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mattia Dal Bó says:

    You fool. First of all never, NEVER use a blade for remove your prints. Second one, if you need to cut something, you SHOULD NOT cut towards you.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Peter Dorema says:

    5 milion subscribers this number is also how many times electroboom nearly die on videos

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars shahin ahlenajafi says:

    عالی هستی. الان خیلی وقت هست که با شما هستم. ممنونم از فیلم های آموزشی بسیار قشنگتون. 😍😘🤣🤣🤣🤣
    واقعا خنده‌دار هستند ویدئو های شما

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Creeper Aww Man says:

    I was expecting the exploding alarm clock still congratulations EB 😉

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lohit ssv Chinta says:

    5 million subs🍷!! Congratulations 💥, huge fan of you from India 🙏

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Zentuckyfriedckn says:

    One other issue I think is at play is the height to width ratio of your secondary coil. I don’t have the number off the top of my head but I believe your coil is far to skinny for its height.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Zeeshan Rabbani says:

    Ahh yes, the old glitch
    300 views and 500 comments

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