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Summary: Solid State violet wands and Traditional (tesla type) violet wands operate differently.  Traditional violet wands require a learning curve.

Around 2010, the first electronic or solid state violet wands started becoming available.  At first they were mere shadows in terms of output and performance, but they’ve gradually become better and some makes and models of electronic/solid state violet wands approach traditional violet wands in terms of output.  They have become a very economical option as well and are easy to use.  Electronic violet wands still can not come up to the performance of a traditional electromagnetic violet wand however.

Electromagnetic (traditional) violet wands are a bit harder to use than electronic violet wands and require a learning curve.  If you have started out on electronic violet wands you may be confused with how a Tesla-type violet wand operates.  So if you are thinking about making your next wand a traditional, electromagnetic (tesla-type) violet wand, I have some tips for you that will help your transition to the more heavy duty violet wands, because you’re going to have a little bit of a learning curve when you graduate from an electronic violet wand to an electromagnetic violet wand.

  • You are accustomed to a consistent output from your solid state violet wand.   Your new tesla type violet wand does not have a consistent output.  It can sputter as you move it towards horizontal, and may stall if you turn it upside down.  This is because your solid state violet wand operates from electronic circuitry, while electromagnetic violet wands have a pair of floating, vibrating contacts that controls the level of output.  If the wand is turned down too low and you tilt toward horizontal, the contacts shift position and cause the sputter or stall. You have to learn to compensate for the sputter.

How to graduate:  Compensate by turning up your wand’s power or holding it as much as possible toward the vertical, or investing in an extension cable

 

  • You are accustomed to electrodes sliding all the way down into a solid state violet wand’s socket.  Electronic violet wands have a socket in their nose which the electrodes fit into, and electrodes insert in these types of violet wands ‘the whole way’.  But your new traditional violet wand has a friction grip collet.  The friction grip collet of tesla type violet wands, operates differently from the socket of electronic violet wands.  With a friction grip collet, the harder you push in your electrode the tighter it will grip it, so if you push too hard or jam it in, you do damage to your electrode by breaking it, or it pulls the end cap off when you try to remove it, or you create a fracture that the gas escapes through.  You’ll have to learn to compensate for the different type of collet.

How to graduate: Push electrodes into a tesla-type violet wand JUST until they are held. They won’t seat completely, just put them in until they are held and then stop.  Never force, never jam.  Put them in and pull them out with a straight motion, do not twist while removing.

 

  •  You are not accustomed to getting accidental shocks yourself.  One reason that electronic violet wands are better for beginners, is that they have a deeper nosecone that makes it a bit less likely to receive a kickback or accidental shock.  Tesla type traditional violet wands have a shallower nosecone and the discharge spark will have a greater chance of jumping from the nosecone.  Let’s face it, when you are using a violet wand on someone else, you are going to gt the occasional kickback.  Your jeans zipper is going to get too close to the metal table.  You’ll forget your wand is on.  But you’ll learn to manage your spark pathways just the way you learned to manager your flogger tails.

How to graduate:  You’ll need to become more aware of how close you are to the ‘business end’ of a Tesla type violet wand.

 

  • You are getting a kickback shock from the knob end of a traditional violet wand and don’t like it. Tesla type violet wands have a metal adjustment knob structure and are more likely to give you a kickback when you touch the knob while using a Body Contact accessory (one which electrifies your body so that YOU become the electrode).  The spark is not coming TO you…YOU are electrified and you are sending the spark to the knob (which feels the same as if it were sending the spark to you.

How to graduate: Try holding just the tip of the knob at the ridges.  But if you continue to feel a spark to the knob end when you are electrified yourself by using a body contact cable, invest in a foot switch.

 

  • You are not accustomed to having to do any maintenance.  Electronic violet wands need no maintenance.  They are built to be user-friendly, worry free, and when they finally die, they are dead just like any other piece of dead electronics. But Tesla type violet wands may require a bit of maintenance.  The more care you take with them, the longer they will last you.  Most of the end-user maintenance will be in preventative measures, like keeping your wand clean and dry.  But you will likely have to do some on your Tesla violet wand nosecone and collet.  Due to the nature of the friction grip collet, pushing electrodes in too far may splay your collet over time.  If you find your electrodes are not being held tightly, you may have to adjust your collet.  Twisting electrodes in and out will loosen your collet over time, and the nut may fall out, and you might even lose your collet.

How to graduate:  Take good care of your wand, insert and remove electrodes properly.  Learn to adjust your collet when necessary.  And if your collet nut and/or collet becomes loose or falls out, learn how to put them back in

 

  • Your new Tesla type violet wand behaves differently than you expected.  Electronic violet wands are super simple to operate, but Traditional violet wands need working with.  You’ve graduated to a whole ‘nother level in play and the electromechanical wands take some time to get used to.

How to graduate: Take your time. Get to know your new heavy duty violet wand.  You’ll be very happy you did!

 

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