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  1. Engjds September 19, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    I read with some slight amusement the warnings to not buy old violet wands, use common sense, make sure all cables, enclosures and handle are visibly intact and that the device can run for 30 minutes or so without over-heating, truth is risk of dangerous electric shock is very minimal to impossible since all sparks are thru the glass dielectric, have fun and save money whilst obtaining a piece of history.

    Important Note: just make sure you DO NOT attach the metal tube found in many kits as this would put you in direct connection with the mains voltage-even a slight leakage on an old unit could kill you.

     
    • Emf Fan December 15, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      Yes, this is specific to old devices and makes the antiques dangerous by default- not only should the metal electrode that sometimes comes in these not be used with them, but neither should -any- modern violet wand accessories, or cables, or any electrodes that do not have full glass envelopes.
      The only way to overcome the default dangerous state of antiques is to restrict use to -only- full glass envelope electrodes. And cross your fingers you never get an accidental spark straight from the socket.
      0 excuse to ‘save a buck’ when modern solid states are economical. Admire the old ones, collect them, but move on from 1919–their potentially fatal technology is outdated by 100 years.

       
 
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