Luke vs. Palpatine Tesla Coil Battle

Luke vs. Palpatine Tesla Coil Battle

The scene in Return of the Jedi where Emperor Palpatine takes on Luke Skywalker is a classic. Wayne Keenan replicated Palpatine’s Force Lightning using a tesla coil and a couple of action figures. As a bonus, he programmed the electricity to play The Imperial March.

Around the World on Tesla Coils

Around the World on Tesla Coils

During their 28 years together, Daft Punk used lots of synthesizers and electronic equipment to make their music. But as far as we recall, tesla coils were not in their arsenal. Thankfully, we have Franzoli Electronics, who used his high-voltage noise-makers to play an awesome cover version of Around the World.

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Seven Nation Army on Tesla Coils

Seven Nation Army on Tesla Coils

With the right circuitry and engineering skills, tesla coils can be programmed to play music. Franzoli Electronics previously wowed us with their high-voltage version of Toto’s Africa. Now they’re back with a powerful cover of The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army, replacing the thumpy garage rock sounds with a fuzzy electronic sound.

Africa on Tesla Coils

Africa on Tesla Coils

Toto’s 1982 hit Africa has seemingly been covered a million times. But we can say with certainty that this is the first time we’ve heard it played by a pair of high-voltage Tesla coils. We could almost feel the hairs on the back of our neck standing up from the electricity. Performance by Franzoli Electronics.

Megalovania on Tesla Coils

Megalovania on Tesla Coils

(Loud) The track Megalovania from Undertale is one of the most frantic and challenging to play pieces of music in the history of video games. It sounds especially great when performed on high voltage tesla coils, as demonstrated by Franzoli Electronics.

Tesla Coil Rhapsody

Tesla Coil Rhapsody

There’s quite literally something electric in the air with this high voltage performance of Queen’s rock opera. Electronics wiz Fabrício H. Franzoli programmed a duo of solid state Tesla coils to “sing” a portion of the track. His take on Daft Punk is pretty awesome too.

Tesla Coil and Robot Orchestra

Tesla Coil and Robot Orchestra

One of the more entertaining robotic groups we’ve heard was built by FT Mechatronics, whose electronic band consists of a variety of stepper motors, solenoids, hard drives, oscilloscopes, a robot xylophone, nixie tubes, and a tesla coil. Here, it plays Hello by OMFG.

Fun with Tesla Coils

Fun with Tesla Coils

Destin of SmarterEveryDay wanted to learn about Tesla coils. Imagine his delight when he found out that Cameron Prince, one of the world’s biggest Nikola Tesla fans, was his neighbor. Cameron showed Destin his 9ft Tesla coil and a sick Fallout-ready Tesla coil gun.

Tesla Coil Electron Jet

Tesla Coil Electron Jet

A cool science demonstration which shows how the electrons swirling around the outside of a Tesla coil can turn it into an impromptu motor – in this case, causing a wire balanced on top of it to spin and shoot sparks as it goes. Originally seen in a video from ElectroBOOM.

Zelda with Tesla Coils

Zelda with Tesla Coils

Like Ruben’s Tube, these musical Tesla coils by Steve Ward and Jeff Larson are designed to be seen and heard. Above: listen to them play the Zelda theme song. Even crazier: Lightsabers.

Tesla’s Paradise

Tesla’s Paradise

Franzoli Electronics fires up their tesla coils once more with a high-voltage performance of Coolio and L.V.’s Gangsta’s Paradise. The track sounds awesome as it buzzes through the man-made lightning, reminding us not to mess with West Coast rappers unless you’re in a Faraday cage.

tinyTesla

tinyTesla

This miniature Tesla coil kit not only creates cool sparks, and can light up bulbs, but can play music using electrical current from MIDI files loaded onto it. Requires basic soldering and electronic skills to assemble.

Tesla Spark Images

Tesla Spark Images

Photographer Marc Simon Frei captured this spectacular series of images of sparks being produced by arcing objects to a Tesla coil. The purple plasma gives off the effect of a tiny indoor lightning storm. (Thanks Tom!)

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Sail: Tesla Cover

Sail: Tesla Cover

We’ve heard music played on Tesla coils before, but this excerpt from Awolnation’s hit Sail played using high voltage electricity just seems to work perfectly with the track. More Tesla fun from High Voltage Feathers here.

Making the Tesla Model S

Making the Tesla Model S

Wired takes us inside the Tesla Model S factory. It still amazes us that raw coils of sheet metal can transformed into such a beautiful and functional vehicle. While the plant employs 3000 humans, robots are the true star of the show.

Tesla Electricity Fight

Tesla Electricity Fight

(Some audience language NSFW) At the Belfast Festival at Queen’s in Ireland, two performance artists put on a mesmerizing stage fight using special suits and tesla coils. (Thanks Rachit!)

Tesla Christmas Tree 2009

Tesla Christmas Tree 2009

Santa keeps current thanks to Peter Terren’s 30 foot Tesla Christmas Tree; it was shot by rotating a rod atop a Tesla coil while switching color filters (the star is 10 dead flourescent tubes).

Zelda w/ Tesla #2

Zelda w/ Tesla #2

We thought the original Tesla video was smoking, but ArcAttack’s own rendition of the Legend of Zelda theme with twin Tesla towers ups the ante with HD video goodness.

Imperial March Tesla

Imperial March Tesla

If you liked Zelda with tesla coils, you’re gonna love ArcAttack’s Imperial March rendition; some crazy mofo in a Faraday suit = Emperor going nuclear on Vader in SW: RotJ.

Tesla Downunder

Tesla Downunder

If you liked Zelda with Tesla Coils, get ready for a “power” trip: Tesla Downunder has over 200 high voltage projects. Above is a Red Alert reenactment; can you spot the engineer?

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The World’s Hottest Candle

The World’s Hottest Candle

When is a candle not really a candle? When it’s a high-voltage plasma flame like the one shown here. The Action Lab shows how an ultra high-frequency solid state tesla coil can produce an intensely hot flame that can’t be blown out and that can even melt steel.

Trying to Make a Vacuum Chamber

Trying to Make a Vacuum Chamber

ElectroBOOM needed a vacuum chamber to see if his Tesla coil will still make sparks in a vacuum. But instead of buying one or looking up guides, he decided to wing it. “Sometimes spending money saves you more money and time.” We coulda told you that, Mehdi.

T.C.T.E.P.F.C.G.G.

T.C.T.E.P.F.C.G.G.

That unpronounceable acronym stands for “Tesla Coil Triggered, Ethanol Powered, Film Canister Gatling Gun,” a silly, overcomplicated, yet awesome weapon created by “Science Bob” Pflugfelder, capable of firing over 300 film canisters in 20 seconds.

Arc Attack: Dr. Who Theme

Arc Attack: Dr. Who Theme

Listen and watch in amazement as this Faraday-suit wearing DJ takes on a half-million volts of electricity from a pair of Tesla coils in this performance by Arc Attack at Maker’s Faire 2010.

Modern Thinker

Modern Thinker

Modern Thinker is Peter Terren’s rendition of Rodin’s classic Thinker, albeit with Tesla coils and sparklers; a fine wire mask and foil suit kept hit from becoming a Modern Charcoal Briquette.

Ocarina iPhone App

Ocarina iPhone App
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It’s not quite as cool as playing Zelda with tesla coils, the Ocarina iPhone app is more portable and less likely to electrocute; you can even hear what others are playing around the world.

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