Sunday, January 30, 2011
PTSOS: What IS this thing?
A PTSOSer brought this device in hoping to learn what it was and how to use it. Click the pic to access more pics.
It appears to be a transformer whose inner (secondary?) coil is connected to electrodes who come close to one another. The upper arm can be moved to change the space of the gap.
There are no binding/connecting posts above or below. The underside is clean.
Our collective wisdom, such as it was, suggested connecting an AC source to the outer (primary?) coil via alligator clips or equivalent. That outer coils appears capable of handling many amps.
It has a Welch nameplate (before the merger with Sargent).
Have you seen such a thing? Please advise (in the comments) as to its function and proper setup. (I've added a new post tag: Mr. Equipment—it's like the words "mystery" and "equipment" joined together.)