Capacitor bank will discharge in a hurry

Computers & Mobile Technology

This 24kj capacitor discharge bank is configured for 4500v @ 2400uf and can be charged up using microwave oven transformers. When triggered, it can release all of this stored energy in under a millisecond through a triggered spark gap. Check out the video to understand the magnitude of this thing but please, don’t try this at home.

24kj capacitor bank via HackADay

8 thoughts on “Capacitor bank will discharge in a hurry

  1. Bryce says:

    The maniacal laughter makes me question of this person is really sane enough to be handling such a deadly device. D:

  2. tekproxy says:

    Did anyone notice that secondary spark? What’s up with that?

    That doll was amazing. Listen to them giggling like … well, like any man would, really. Kudos.

  3. says:

    or EMT.

    or coroner.

    “You were doing what?”

  4. The Oracle says:

    Having done this on a larger scale in a University Physics lab, I am very surprised it would take a milisecond to discharge this. My guess would have been in the fraction of a microsecond range. Maybe if they have a resistive load in one of the leads, it will slow the discharge rate.

  5. says:

    Obvious cat is obvious?

  6. ep says:

    last laugh coming soon…

  7. Bob D says:

    Love the complete and total lack of safety equipment. That bucket seems to protect (quite poorly) everything but what is right in front of the opening -the guys that built it. This type of behavior is extremely poor. Guys, get a clue, learn to conduct your business safely. If it walks like a jackass and quacks like a jackass….

  8. Anonymous says:

    Jackasses don’t quack.


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