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Plasma Tornado and Ball Lightning Generator (Downloadable Plans)

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Product Description

A Winning Science Project

Fascinating demonstration of energy being wirelessly transmitted and actually causing motors, lights and different electrical objects to operate at a distance without wires. This is a winning science project as well as a very useful research demonstration.

The plasma tornado generator is an excellent demonstration of energized electrical plasma. It uses rarefied air pumped down to a vacuum of 1 mm (torr) or less and energized by a high frequency, high voltage power source. Displays range from a purple vortex shaped plasma column extending the length of the vessel to orange saucer shaped disks. Display will vary by pressure and the operating frequency of the power source providing a myriad of weird and bizarre plasma discharges. Outside influences such as a hand or finger will attract or repel the plasma vortexes further adding to the mystique of the device. Fluorescent or neon tube will mysteriously glow without any connections what so ever when bought near the display vessel.

These are downloadable plans, requiring parts and assembly.


Fluorescent or neon tube will mysteriously glow without any connections what so ever when bought near the display vessel.

The basic system uses our PVM12 low input voltage adjustable frequency high voltage output driver only requiring connection to one terminal of the display vessel. The other "virtual" electrode is the surrounding atmosphere with the glass walls of the container becoming the dielectric. The system is now modeled as a "lossy" capacitor. The actual rarefied air once energized by the high frequency energy becomes the loss part of the capacitor model.

The driver is short circuit protected but must be connected to the display or other suitable load. Input is 12 volts DC at 3 amps and must be earth grounded for proper operation (you can use your power supply if provides these specs, or purchase our 12DC/4AR, below). The PVM12 is described in the high frequency power supply section of our website.

The display vessel is shown as a one gallon pickle jar with a brass metal cap. The cap is shown reworked for connection to a vacuum pump and the high frequency driver for operation. The jar is available on special request fully pumped down and will provide a display that will change over time and is intended for those not having access to a vacuum pump.

JAR - Pumped 1 Gal Jar, Ready To Use
PVM12 - 10KVAC Ready To Use Plasma Driver

**CAUTION Pumped-down jar is under a high vacuum and can be an explosion hazard if broken. It is strongly suggested to place in a heavy clear plastic bag or meshed bag like what onions are packed in. Jar is labeled explosion hazard.


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  1. Plasma in a jar 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Nov 2020

    A good way to 'make' plasma in a close vessel.