Do not DIY: One-million-volt plasma globe shoots arcs two feet in the air

Nov. 9, 2018

In a recent video, YouTuber styropyro demonstrates how to take a plasma globe from 2,500V to 1,000,000V with the help of a Tesla coil.

Invented by Nikola Tesla, the plasma globe is a glass sphere that is filled with a mixture of noble gases and features a high-voltage electrode in the center. While visually stimulating, the plasma globe serves no real purpose and lacks the power to be truly awe-inspiring. But what happens when you add a ridiculous amount of power to this novelty invention? You get a death tower that can shoot arcs several feet in the air. In a recent video, YouTuber styropyro demonstrates how to take a plasma globe from 2,500V to 1,000,000V with the help of a Tesla coil. Please, do not try this at home.

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Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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