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[DPRG] Shocking

Subject: [DPRG] Shocking
From: Dennis Draheim nomadicnerd at gmail.com
Date: Wed May 10 19:26:17 CDT 2006

I would respectfully say that they don't know what they're talking about.
It's not the voltage, it's the amperage that must be limited to prevent

I have owned a shock collar for a dog.  When it activates, a spark will arc
at least a quarter inch from its terminals.  There is no way that a 2-6v
charge could ionize the air to create such a spark.  While I haven't
measured it, I would guess that the voltage is at least 500-1000v.

I also have played with fencing transformers (I grew up on a farm -- I used
one as the primary stage of a Tesla coil once).  Their output voltage is in
the 1000-4000v range.  I believe their frequency is the same as that of the
power line, that is, 60Hz.

Tesla coils avoid injury by having a very high frequency and very low
current.  If you take the frequency up into the radio range (~50Khz or
better), then the current travels over the surface of the skin instead of
penetrating it.  I had a Tesla coil that generated 80000+ volts, and I could
hold a wrench in my hand and let the Tesla coil hit it with an 8" spark
without sustaining injury.  (Without the wrench, I would end up with a burn
where the spark touched my skin, more from the heat of the ionized air than
the current.)


On 5/10/06, Kipton Moravec <kip at kdream.com> wrote:
> I have a project where I have to incorporate a shocking system into a
> dog collar for training. (Long story)
> I have been doing some reading and one person says that the voltage
> should be between 2V and 6V! And that 6V is too high for a horse!
> I know I do not get a shock from a 9V battery (except when I put my
> tongue on it) or even a 12V car battery, and I have not gotten one
> working with 24V either.
> I have gotten one from the ringer of a telephone which I believe is 48V.
> And of course good old 120VAC.
> I was looking at shocking system (like electric fence) and they say
> 1000V or 2000V or even 20,000V All are pulsing at 3 to 30 times per
> second.
> Can someone explain why someone would say 2-6V is what is needed?
> Kip
> --
> Kipton Moravec <kip at kdream.com>
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