Troubleshooting

 

Violet wands can behave in some unexpected ways. This article will tell you what is normal operation, what is not normal, and how to do some minor troubleshooting.

1) If your violet wand knob turns ‘rough’ that is normal operation. This is because the knob portion is mechanical. When you turn the knob you will feel a grating/scraping feeling, rather than ‘clicks’ of the knob. These are bringing the magneto contacts closer together or farther apart. 

2) If your wand has a quiet zone in the knob adjustment, either when you turn it down the whole way or when you turn it up the whole way, that is normal operation. The Knob is set to a range of outputs which, at either end, may have a quiet zone. One at the low end of the adjustment knob, one at the high end, or at both.

3) If your wand has no quiet zones, or just one at either the low end or high end of the knob’s adjustment, that is normal operation. Violet wands contain tesla coils and tesla coils must be tuned to each other first. Each coil combination can be slightly different from the next. After the coils are tuned, the knobs then are adjusted by means of spacers. The spacing of the adjustment knob will be different for each wand so that each wand outputs 10kv-48kv during the knob’s ‘on’ range. 

4) At the upper end of the knob’s range, there may be a high-end sputter where the wand runs rougher. That is also normal. This is like revving your car engine a little too high. When you reach the rough sputter, back the wand down before using it. 

5) If your wand sputters or sounds ‘rough’, that is normal operation. The buzz a violet wand makes is a rough sounding buzz, like a big angry bee, with variations in tone and pitch as the electrical current inside it changes. 

6) If your wand cuts out when you move away from the vertical, that is normal operation. This is due to the pair of floating, vibrating magnetic contacts inside. When you tilt the wand down to horizontal, this can shift the contacts inside which makes them move too far apart, and the current cuts out. Hold your wand up like a tennis racket as much as possible, or turn it up higher, to overcome the shifting.  

Troubleshooting or testing your violet wand:

 

Turn your wand on to medium-high power.  Set it down on a table.  Plug it in, and allow it to run for 5 minutes.  Running it for 5 minutes while it is on a table, removes operator error or mechanical differences.  (shifting magnets, etc).

 

  • Normal:

  • Wand cuts out or sputters while you’re moving it around.
  • Wand sputters or stops operating when you turn the knob down too low.
  • Wand runs ‘rough’.
  • Wand sputters or stops when you turn it up too high.
  • Electricity comes through the plastic near the end the electrode goes in.
  • Knob feels ‘rough’ when you turn it.
  • Wand may not come on for several turns of the knob due to that particular knob’s ‘tuning range’.
  • Wand slows down or stops when you move it away from vertical.

 

  • Not Normal:

  • Wand cuts out when it is running at medium high power and laying motionless on a table.
  • Wand ceases operation when it is running at medium high power and laying motionless on a table.
  • Electricity comes through the plastic on the ridged ‘handle’ part of the wand.
  • The knob will not turn at all
  • The wand is plugged in, and does not come ‘on’, for any setting of the adjustment knob, from whole way down to whole way up.

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2 Comments

  1. MasterM May 12, 2016 at 3:08 am

    This is one of the most helpful articles I’ve read. I thought perhaps the wand I got was defective, but this explains what’s going on and how its supposed to act.  Appreciate the info, thanks.

     
    • ReidB June 6, 2016 at 7:47 am

      When I had trouble, this is first place I came. Ok, the second place. I tried going to the original seller. They weren’t helpful. Seriously, get your violet wand from a violet wand specialist who knows everything about them. If you get from places that sell EVERYTHING they don’t know anything except how much it costs and how to take your credit card. VIOLET WAND SPECIALIST. Remember I said that, you’ll thank me.