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Old Jan 6, 2011, 5:58 PM   #11
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Bailey's Irish Cream

Shouldn't we be getting back on topic about now?
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Old Jan 6, 2011, 6:22 PM   #12
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It takes high voltage to arc the gap, the transformer on one of those is pretty miniscule and as stated doesnt provide the necessary level of current to be fatal. Not to mention that the arc is in a vaccum requiring even less voltage and current to arc.
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Old Jan 6, 2011, 8:00 PM   #13
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Bailey's Irish Cream and Ethanol. Now there is a good stiff's drink.
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Old Jan 6, 2011, 9:07 PM   #14
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Cabin Fever (a maple flavored whiskey) and Viagra, and that should raise the dead.

Plasma balls use the principle of hand capacitance, similar to touch switch lamps. Your body acts as an antenna, (like using younger brother to hold the rabbit ears of the TV so you can get a better picture), making a more easily ionized path for the 'lightning'. Haven't tried using a DB for this - next one I run across, maybe I'll give it a try.

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Old Jan 7, 2011, 1:35 AM   #15
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Whats a good mix that goes with Ethanol?
A straw,some dry london Gin, a tall glass, little ice, an olive, and 3 very pretty women, if that does not get a rise out of you you might as well be dead..........Frank

I have never seen s dead person touch one of these things, so it would be purely speculation and conjecture on my part.....Frank
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Obviously the plasma globes are a little anemic. Full-sized tesla coils are much better with dead people. Re-animation is practically a certainty.
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Duh.
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Old Jan 8, 2011, 7:39 PM   #18
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Cabin Fever (a maple flavored whiskey) and Viagra, and that should raise the dead.

Plasma balls use the principle of hand capacitance, similar to touch switch lamps. Your body acts as an antenna, (like using younger brother to hold the rabbit ears of the TV so you can get a better picture), making a more easily ionized path for the 'lightning'. Haven't tried using a DB for this - next one I run across, maybe I'll give it a try.

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Its a tuned LC network and when you put your hand up you are the least resistive path to ground to discharge the circuit.

Voltage is applied , the primary capacitor charges , the voltage across the primary capacitor increases.

Spark gap fires, when the voltage reaches the spark gap break down voltage.

Capacitor is discharged through the spark gap and primary coil.

The magnetic field in the primary increases as the voltage across the capacitance decreases.

When the voltage across the capacitor is zero, the field in the primary coil starts to collapse, creating a voltage which re-charges the capacitor.

This creates an alternating current in the primary coil.

Because the secondary coil is connected (by transformer action) to the primary coil. The alternating current in the primary coil is transferred to the secondary coil.


The topload and the secondary coil are designed to swap power between them in the same way and at the same rate as the primary capacitor and the primary coil . This matching of frequencies multiplies the induced voltage in the secondary coil.

When there is more voltage than the topload can hold on its surface. The voltage breaks out into an arc.

This process continues until there is no more power in the primary capacitor and primary coil. As there is now not enough voltage to maintain the arc across the spark gap, The arc extinguishes.

This alows the capacitor to charge again and the sequence repeats depending on the resonance of the circuit it may be between 2kHZ and 10kHZ usually.
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Old Jan 8, 2011, 9:44 PM   #19
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The shell of the lamp is an insulator - the coupling between the ionized gas (inert gas such as argon, neon or other) and your hand is capacitive - you don't even have to touch the glass, and can stand on an insulator and still get the effect.
Try this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasma_ball

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i think the persons life force will be sucked into the ball and they will be forever entombed inside for all eternity
or untill it gets unplugged
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