The HF Welder pulse needs to go into the workpiece from pvcwelding's blog

The HF Welder pulse needs to go into the workpiece and not back into the source. So you will want a narrow pulse and a lot of source inductance. I would check that your DC source indeed has that kind of inductance.

You might prefer to deliver the HF to the torch directly so that the welding cable inductance is in your favor rather than against.

Look to your flyback transistor turnoff time and snubber circuitas ways to improve the output pulse.

An automotive ignition coil will likely produce a hotter spark,more easily (perhaps too much kick, I've been knocked cold by playing with them).

You do not need a lot of current in the HF, you only need to ionize the gap so the real current can do the work. You want maybe 8 zaps per sine wave cycle (if you're working with sine wave AC power, which is not so popular anymore) or you could sync the thing to the edges of the square-wave AC if it's an inverter style deal because you only need to initiate when the arc has snuffed at zero-crossings.

Your TIG HF Welding working distance is only a couple of mm anyway so what you're getting already might do (presuming it doesn't get lost when hooked to the welder output).

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Added Jan 23 '17



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