This is really cool stuff
I have actually played around with this coil design and others, like in the video. I have indeed reproduced to some
extent what Boyd Bushman demonstrates in the video.
But I must admit it took me a few times before I got one to work. And once you use them . That's it! As soon as you apply power, the coil gets
hot and may only last for a few seconds if your lucky.
As Mr Bushman states, "250 turns of #30 guage magnet/motor winding wire. The wire can be bought at any electrical wholesale supplier. Most likely
your not going to be able to buy the wire at the local hardware store or Home Depot or Lowe's. If there is a electrical motor repair shop near bye
you can probably get some from them, or go online and order it I suppose.
I stole a couple of my wife's tupperware containers, of different sizes ranging from 4in Dia. to 12 in Dia. And used them as templates for winding
the coils. Once you have 250 + turns the coil needs taped together. Ordinary scoth tape or even electrical tape shouldn't be used. As soon as power
is supplied to the coil the tape instantly will melt away into a smokey mess causing excess heat and inevitably producing a failed coil. I found this
out the hard way
I'm sure there is an excellent substitute but I have found that high temp tape/cloth used for automotive work such as
header/exhaust wrap and such works pretty well.
Once you have two seperate leads coming from the coil Use a sharp edge of a razor blade or knife and scratch the insulation off of the end of the
"leads". If you have any old appliances, extension cords or old lamps laying around you can probably cut the cord off and use it for a supply line.
NOTE: Some cords may be a 3 wire and some may be a 2 wire. You only need 2 wires. In a three wire cord sometime the the wires are color coded such as
black=hot white=nuetral/grounded green=ground. You want to use the black and white(or it maybe black with a white stripe). If it is a 2 wire cord
then disregard this .
Next step is connecting the coil leads to the extension cord. Small wire nuts will work, but I personally prefer using insulated "alligator"clips
that I have mounted on an insulated stand.
For safety concerns I plug the extension cord into a surge protector strip that has a swith to manually turn power on and off from a remote location,
thus reducing the possibility off getting a shock from plugging it into an outlet.
NOTE: I would not recommend that this be done inside of your home because of the obvious danger of an overloaded circuit or fire. Not to mention the
odor these things can cause when they burn up. Also a well insulated surface such as plastic or wood should be used to set the coil on before
energizing. BE SURE. That all electrical connections are seperated and are well insulated from each other and all potential sources to ground.
IMPORTANT! What I have stated above is based on a "standard" outlet voltage of 120 volts operating at 60HZ. Standard in the U.S . European Voltages
may vary but I believe the standard voltage is 230 volts +/- 10%
operating at 50HZ.
As I stated it took me quite a few tries before I got any results. I tried some with really loose windings and some I had really tight. Some I even
experimented with the twist in the winding itself as well as the coil once assembled. I experimented with some different wire sizes as well such as
24guage and 32guage. # 30 does seem to be the best for handling the voltage/heat as well as the right size to "pack" electrons.
Some of the coils I made did levitate. Some would tilt to the one side for a few seconds before burning up, and I have had a couple completely
levitate off the work bench for a second or two, but I have yet to produce a version that has a stable field as shown on the video.
DANGER!!! Working with electricity is dangerous. Electrocution or even death is possible. A 120 volt house circuit can kill you.
I am a licensed electrician and have worked in the electrical field for many years. Only with an understanding about working with electricity and
it's danger should this be attempted. PLEASE don't do go and try this on your kitchen or dinning room table. Make sure YOU KNOW what you are
Make sure you have a way of quickly disconnecting power within view of the coil and without having to pull out the extension cord by hand.
Also it wouldn't hurt to have a fire extinguisher on hand in the event that something does get out of hand.
Originally posted by Beamish
Also, the coil in the video reminded me of "lifters", ion-wind generators:
I have also played around with Lifters for some years now as well. As I don't have any degree in electrical engineering I believe this is two
different kinds of effect. The coil seems to cause it's own "field"(s) that produce lift. In the case of Lifters. Lift is achieved by causing
capacitance between the diffrence in potential. Causing an Ionic Lift also known as an ionic breeze, which can be physicall heard and felt when a
Lifter is operational.
The lifter is most commonly known from the Mythbuster's episode and as they showed us this isn't mag lev because it doesn't work in a vacume.
However I have read papers from individuals who claim, that is only the case with the voltages commonly used for our basic Lifter's such as 17,500 to
20,000 Volts. Some have stated with voltages exceeding a million Volts and more can cause actuall magnetic Levitation. I believe this could be a
possibilty but is only conjecture being that no one has released a working prototype to the public. Lifters are really cool to play with..