Jul
08
2011
0

More information found on Violet Wand

I’ve managed to find some very useful information on a Violet Ray design through the Google Patents website. The patent number is 1506344. The link to the patent is http://www.google.com/patents?q=1506344. This patent isn’t for the model I’m trying to repair, but it gives some very useful information.

This includes a basic electrical circuit and theory of operation.

It also confirms my suspicions that the yellow cylinder covering the primary coil is likely to be the capacitor (Condenser). I suspected it as this yellow component didn’t appear to contain a winding coil and appears to be permanently connected in series with the primary coil to the AC power in.

I'm pretty confident the yellow part is a condenser.

I hope to test the individual components this weekend and should be able to deduce what’s wrong with it.

Written by John in: Electronics,Projects,Violet Wand repair |
Jul
07
2011
1

First look at the insides of the Violet Wand

With the lower cover removed, it becomes clear that the internals of this Violet wand are very similar to the Master brand unit. This should make it a lot easier to find problems than blind investigation.

The intensity knob is mechanically linked to an electrode which contacts with an armature. I believe the armature oscillates electromagnetically due to making and breaking the circuit as the primary coil is energized.

A closer look at the primary coil and switching components

I believe the big outer yellow cylinder may be a capacitor, but not 100% sure as of yet.
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Jul
06
2011
3

Disassembling a Violet Wand

The first step to any repair is getting into the guts of the device…. primarily without damaging it.

There is very little information on the web about the internals of these devices. It looks very similar to the Violet Wand made by the Master company, so I got hold of some diagrams from patents and took it from there.

All of the information on the internals I could find, was available at http://www.electrotherapymuseum.com/Articles/VioletRayConstruction.htm

The wand could be unscrewed in the middle, but the parts couldn’t be separated. Something was stopping it from coming apart.

The Violet Wand has two small indents near the intensity adjuster.

The two small indentations

I was hoping that there were screws in “dem dere indents”. I carefully scraped at the indents and found that they were in fact some sort of wax.
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Jul
05
2011
1

Repairing a Violet Wand

I’ve been asked to take a look at a non-functioning Violet Wand in the hope that I can repair it back to working order.

The Violet Wand I've been asked to repair

These devices have many uses from being used as Quack Medical devices, through to being used in bondage and other extreme activities – The ones used for the extreme activities are typically higher powered devices though. And anyway, who am I to question, when I’ve been asked to take a look at something that uses high voltages and resonant transformer circuits (Tesla anyone?).

The first step will be trying to get the device open without damaging it.

Stay Tuned…

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