The Musical Tesla Coil Kit is a fun little DIY project to play with. Any electronics hobbyist would love it. It’s also a great way to introduce kids to high voltage at safe (low) current levels.
The first feature that would grab your attention in this otherwise “miniature kit” is the 3.5 audio jack that allows you to connect various devices such as your mobile phone, MP3 player, or computer audio. For this kit to work, an audio signal source must be connected.
The Musical Tesla Coil Kit may also be used to light LED lights, flash frequency tubes and energy-saving lamps, etc. All of those uses are secondary though. In my opinion, the main reason anyone would play with this would be to hear sparks sing!
To use the Musical Tesla Coil Kit, you’re going to need an audio input, a soldering iron, some solder, and a power supply unit that can produce DC 15-24 volts and 2A current. About 15 watts of power is needed.
And if you have any experience reading schematics, you should be able to get this up and running in a few minutes. If not, it may just take you a little more time.
Although this musical coil will not give you high quality sound like a sound bar and Hi-Fi system would, that is totally not the point. The very novelty of getting a Tesla coil (instead of a speaker) sing for you in the first place is worth both the cost and effort. Just be sure not to raise the volume of the input audio signal too high – if the input signal volume is too high, the sound from the Tesla coil may get distorted.
This is a great idea for budding coilers, science students, or others looking for a fun little science fair project. And electronics enthusiasts who are looking for an exciting little electronics project would love it too.
It would also interest you to know that you can use the Musical Tesla Coil Kit as a form of radio transmitter, for burning some lightening figures into wood, for producing air corona discharge, and to light cigarettes.