I must admit it, I love High Voltage! I have ever since I was a kid. Big sparks and ozone combined with the display of raw power has always fascinated me. So here are a few of the many really fun things that you can do with high voltage.

REMEMBER: HIGH VOLTAGE CAN BE LETHAL!! EVEN EXPERIENCED PEOPLE DIE FROM HIGH VOLTAGE EVERY YEAR!! IN MANY CASES, YOUR FIRST MISTAKE WILL BE YOUR LAST!! IT IS UP TO YOU TO LEARN AND PRACTICE PROPER HIGH VOLTAGE SAFETY PROCEDURES.

I have had two serious HV (High Voltage) shocks in my life, one from ignorance, and one from carelessness. When I was about twelve, I made a static generator out of an old turntable. It worked quite well, and having read about Leyden jars, I went and got four one gallon jars, plastered them with tinfoil inside and out, and hooked them up in parallel. I charged them up, and then attempted to move one, as it was in the way of my turntable generator. I felt the jolt rip through me, and then time seemed to stand still for an eternity. My heart wasn't beating. I clearly remember thinking "this is it, this is how I die, playing with mayo jars in the basement". Next thing I knew I was on the floor, it was sometime later and my head and arm hurt for days.

The second shock occurred as an adult with a 15kv NST (neon sign transformer). I had ear protection on, and couldn't hear the sizzle of the transformer that I had stupidly left on. Luckily I only got one side of the transformer's output. It felt like someone had filled my arm with napalm, and again it was days before the last trace of pain disappeared from my shoulder.

Disclaimer: The author of these documents is an amateur, not a professional. The safety information provided in these documents should be interpreted with this distinction clearly in mind. The author hereby disclaims any liability for injury to persons or property that may result due to the construction and use of high voltage apparatus. These documents are for informational purposes only, and make no claims to completeness or accuracy. While some of the dangers associated with the construction and the use of high voltage apparatus have been pointed out in these documents, many other potential hazards exist. High voltage apparatus are inherently very dangerous and should only be constructed and operated by individuals familiar enough with these dangers.