By using this test procedure you can check the operation of your static grass applicator without burning it out.
The anion generator used in the StaticGrassKing static grass applicators is not a transformer. It does not pass current. It is a static field generator. It acts somewhat like a capacitor. It draws enough current to create the field and then stays relatively dormant.
If you make any connection across the wires on the output side of the unit, you will burn it out.
If you make any connection between one of the output (static field) side wires and power supply wires, you will burn it out.
So do not do any continuity or voltage checks at any time.
Initial Test Should – More Than Should – Must Be Done With A Battery
When you run the first test, use a battery. A standard 9 volt battery is best.
By using a battery you eliminate any problems that can be created by your power supply. And they do exist. For example, some power supplies have an AC component in their output. That will burn out the unit. And then some are unstable and go into over voltage conditions.
And if you have erred in wiring, it is possible to burn out the power supply.
Only after you test satisfactorily with a battery, use an external power supply.
The switch used to turn the generator on and off must be carefully chosen. We use on like shown at the left. Some other types create a feedback situation that burns out either the power supply or the generator.
If you assemble one of our kits, DO NOT use a switch other than the one supplied.
Never try to check continuity or voltage ANYWHERE!
Never connect output green and output black.
Do not allow your dispenser to spark more than momentarily when it is close to the grounded surface. Doing so will burn out the generator.
The Static Grass
Be sure to use a good static grass. You really should use the grass that you will apply to your substrate. It will give you a good feel for how your grass will respond. Here is a link to the grass that we recommend.
How Your Applicator Will Pull With A 9 Volt Battery
There are two videos below that show testing of the applicator. Simply lay out some grass and hold your dispenser close. These tests are done with 12 mm grass from PolandsBest. Click here to see.
Click on the image or the link that follows to watch the video that shows how to run the test. How To Test A Static Grass Applicator
Take pictures of your wiring and setup inside and out.
Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Explain the problem.
Print this wiring diagram.
Check that all connections are proper. DO NOT CHECK CONTINUITY OR VOLTAGE!!!
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