Marx Generator 2.0 Kit - 100kV High Voltage Generator
Welcome to the Marx Generator 2.0. This amazing kit is the only amateur based Marx Generator kit on the market. The Marx Generator 2.0 kit will generate a 100kV high voltage pulse of electricity - much of that like lightning - in the confines of your own home. As you may recall, a Marx Generator is a multi-staged voltage multiplication device in which each stage capacitor's are charged in parallel, and then with the aid of carefully spaced spark gaps, discharged in series creating a very intense, ultrafast rise-time high voltage output pulse. This is the type of technology that is used to simulate real lightning and Marx Generators the size of ten story buildings have been designed and used to test lightning on aircrfat, instruments, and other industrial products. Now you can build your own Marx Generator in the comfort of your school or home.
The Marx Generator 2.0 is a 15-stage device and has a 6kV capacitor for each stage. Unlike the smaller Marx Generator 1.0 kit we presently offer, the Marx Generator 2.0 offers stage capacitances 10 times greater. With a 6kV charging voltage, the theoretical maximum high voltage output pulse would be 90kV or nearly 100kV! It can produce output arcs of approximately 4" depending on the input voltage, spark gap spacing, and tuning, and atmospheric conditions. The kit comes with all capacitors, charge resistors, series limiting resistors, as well as right angle mounting brackets so that it may be mounted vertically. The total height of these Marx Generators is a whopping 18" high and is made from extremely strudy 0.124" thick FR-4 and also features internal cut-outs so that each spark gap can be seen during operation.
The spark gaps used in these devices are made from brass alloy which provide a very stable and consistent arcing voltage. The spark gap distances can be easily modifed according to the end users specific requirements.
The input to the Marx Generator must be a high voltage source of at least 1kV and not more than 6kV. If you do not have a charge source available, we recommend purchasing our HVPS3 6kV, 10W power supply. There is an ordering link below.
Click here for the Marx Generator 2.0 Instruction Manual (PDF) - Available now!
- 15 Parallel Stages
- 6kV per Stage maximum.
- 0.01uF, 6kV stage capacitance
- Total output energy at 6kV charge voltage - approx. 3 Joules
- Maximum theoretical output voltage - 90kV (100kV)
- Products 3-4" of output arc depending on input voltage source, spark gap tuning, and atmosphere conditions
- 0.124" thick FR-4 PCB board
- Internal board cut-outs provide maximum high voltage isolation for components / traces
- Mounting brackets included for vertical mounting
- Total height when mounted vertically - 18"
Marx Generator Kit 2.0 - Board Only
This is the perfect solution if you want to supply your own capacitors, charging resistors, and spark gaps
Marx Generator 2.0 Kit
Includes the PCB board, all components, and mounting brackets
(Requires an input high voltage source)
Marx Generator 2.0 DELUXE Kit w/ Mounting Base
Includes the PCB board, all components, mounting brackets, a CNC'd machined base, rubber feet, and decal
High Voltage Charging Power Supply, HVPS3
Proportional Output: 0-6kV, 1.66mA (10 Watts)
These small brick encapsulated high voltage supplies are perfect for charging up the Marx Generator. They are rated for 10 Watts (1.66mA output) and will provide a proportional 0-6kV output to a 0-15VDC input.
Click here for the HVPS3 datasheet
This is used to set the proper spacing on the spark gaps. A feeler guage contains a number of calibrated shims that can be combined incrementally to measure a specific spacing
$2.00 / FT
High Voltage Wire, 15kVDC - For connecting input voltage source
20 AWG, 0.126" DIA
Rated at 5kVAC, 15kVDC with internal corona suppression
Silicone Rubber, Silver Plated Copper
Replacement Brass Spark Gap Set
Includes 28 total brass spark gap electrodes
VISHAY High Voltage Pulse Capacitor, 0.01uF, 6kV
Replacement stage capacitor
1 Meg, 2W Charging Pulse Resistor
Replacement stage limiting resistor