Solid state (or electronic) and Tesla (traditional) violet wands have some differences that can make a difference in how you play and what you need from a violet wand. What violet wand type is right for you?

Solid state Violet Wands

Best for beginners to intermediate, solid state violet wands are controlled by a circuit board. They are user-friendly, and very low maintenance. The part in the nose of the wand that the electrodes fit into, is really a solid socket not an actual collet (though it is still called a collet–more on that later) and so the electrodes slide into place very easily.  Since they run on a circuit board, output is consistent and steady without dropping or sputtering. They have deeper nosecones to reduce accidental spark kickback. They have a steady adjustment knob range with no dead spots. There’s really no ‘learning curve’; just plug it in, turn it on, adjust the setting, and go. Different makes and models will have different specs, amps (how strong the current is), watts (how powerful the wand is) and net discharge voltage (how strong the spark at the business end feels). In terms of output, they approach but dont come the whole way up to the power of a Tesla violet wand. No matter how long the run time is suggested, you may be playing at a high power, akin to running your engine at full throttle versus idling, so turn off and allow to cool whenever your wand feels warm.  Electronic violet wands make a stream of smaller sparks, and are compared as stingy. Maintenance to a solid state violet wand consists of keeping it clean and dry. Accidental bumps and falls are not as damaging to a solid state violet wand. Opening the wand is not consumer-end maintenance and may void your warranty. They have a shorter overall lifespan than Tesla violet wands, but should last a few years with proper care and usage. If you are looking for ease of use, then a solid state is the violet wand type which is right for you. Solid state violet wands are easier to use and much more economical, and their key concept is consistency’.

Tesla type Violet Wands

Best for intermediate to advanced, tesla type violet wands are powered by electro-mechanical coils. They have a learning curve and require some maintenance. The part in the nosecone that the electrodes go into, is a friction grip collet and clamp down on electrodes as you push them in. Since they operate on electro-mechanical coils, they can have power shifts as you switch angles and the contacts inside the wand shift position, and so the user learns the ‘personality’ of their wand as they play and gain comfort and experience with it.  They will sputter when turned down too low or too high, and there may be silent zones at the top and low end of the adjustment knob range. Unless they have an onboard switch, they never turn off when plugged in, so it is up to the user to unplug them when not in use to keep them working at peak condition. Tesla violet wands are all made to the same specs in amps, watts and net discharge. No matter how long the warranty run time, you may be running at high power, like running your engine at full throttle versus idling, so turn off and allow to cool whenever your wand gets warm. Their larger stream of sparks is more ‘thuddy’ in comparison.  With their shallower nose cone, you will get accidental sparks more frequently. Maintenance that will frequently need done to a Tesla violet wand will be keeping it clean and dry, and to the collet- keeping it tight in the wand and adjusted for optimum grip on electrodes. If you are good with your electrodes (taking in and out with a straight motion, no twisting, and not jamming them into the collet too tight) then you may never need to do any collet adjusting, but the right size nut driver can be had from any violet wand dealer if you need it.  Other user-end maintenance may be to your adjustment knob and spindle to keep them from binding up by lint or other material collecting in the teeth of the spindle. Proper maintenance and use will get years of life from your Tesla violet wand. Accidental falls are very damaging to a Tesla violet wand, so take extra care to keep it from rolling off tables or someone brushing the cord and pulling it onto the floor. Opening the wand is not consumer end maintenance and will void your warranty. If you are looking for raw power, then an electromechanical is the violet wand type which is right for you. Tesla violet wands can be coaxed to do more than solid state violet wands as you master them, and their key concept is ‘personality’.

 

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