Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder : A Jacob’s Ladder is the type of high voltage “climbing arc” display seen in many old Sci-Fi movies. Jacob’s Ladders come in all shapes, styles, and sizes.

Back in college my roommate and I set out to make one. This is what it looked like:

This was made using a 11K volt neon sign transformer, a metal clothes hanger, black tape and a box. In its purest form shown above, its extremely dangerous. Cool, but dangerous. “Don’t Try This At Home Kids!”

We later added a large flask over the wires to see what the ozone looked like that was being generated by the spark- ozone is yellow and smelly!!

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