Welcome to the tinyTesla manual!

With tinyTesla you’ll learn about electronics, flex your soldering muscles, shoot lightning, and play music using electricity!

A Tesla coil is a device that uses resonant circuits and alternating current to produce extremely high voltages. Originally invented by Nikola Tesla in the late 1800s, Tesla coils have progressed from spark-gap circuits to designs involving modern solid-state switching devices such as MOSFETs and IGBTs. While there are many types of Tesla coils, what they all have in common are air-cored induction coils. Using a Tesla coil is the best way to produce a continuous high-voltage streamer.

We’ve designed a Tesla coil kit that’s both easy to build and beautiful. tinyTesla is an SSTC, or “solid state Tesla coil,” which balances performance, musical ability, and reliability.

But be careful! Building hardware can be tricky if you’re inexperienced or don’t have the proper equipment. Work with good tools, pay close attention, and ask for help when you need it.

Most of all, have fun!


Need help?

Go to our support forum at onetesla.com/forum

Need replacement parts? Contact us at replacements@onetesla.com

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What’s in the tinyTesla kit?

tinyTesla kit contents

Note: We try our best to keep all images and instructions consistent with the latest revision of the tinyTesla hardware, but the photos in this manual are not always identical to the components you receive in your kit. They will, however, maintain the same functionality.



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