I've owned and operated hundreds of Tesla Coils
dating from the 1890s - Today. Having
experienced a century of some of the best and most creative designs,
my goal has been to first
replicate and second to improve upon these early apparatus. I feel
my goal has been successful
in many aspects, and here are some pages I'd like to share with you of
some of the experiences.
Pancake Coils, Multilayered Tesla Coils, Flat Spiral Coils, Disruptive
Discharge Coils, -
They all have one thing in common: Efficiency beyond all other forms
of Tesla Coils.
Tesla used this style of coil in his lectures. It is puzzling why
few people attempt them,
yet so many people are interested in Tesla technologies. These lie
at the heart of Tesla's
experiments, and many forms of discharges and experiments can only be
with this style coil. The differences in the outputs of Pancake and
Helix Coils is astounding.
These designs were the FIRST Tesla Coils. Tesla stated in 1919 that
he made in the 1890s could not be improved upon even decades later.
I am a firm
believer in this, and would extend that statement to today. After
trying hundreds of
formulas, modern insulations and wires, and complex power supplies, the
are still those that use turn of the century materials and methods.
As you will see in
the following pages, my reproductions use period elements whenever
are no modern electronics in any of the devices, nor is there "trick
The antique coils are approx. 100 years old and still function fine.
Most can be operated
for extended periods - some for hours. I have yet to see
anything electronic last more than
a few decades...if not years or minutes!
Jeff Behary, 1 January 2006