I want to rectify and step up a UK mains supply for a hobby xenon flash project.
I have a good knowledge of the rest of the circuit design, but I want to know more about the power I can get before I start buying components. I am planning on designing the rest of the circuit around the power input I can get.
Most flash tubes have a nominal voltage around 500V so I'm going to have to step up the mains source. I also need a fast recycle (recharge) time, so I need to draw a lot of current.
I considered using a voltage doubler (voltage multiplier) as this will both rectify and step up the supply, but I can't find one with a high enough rated power, and I don't know what components to buy to build one myself that will be sufficient.
I want to charge about 800uF of capacitance rated at 500V in about 1 second. If I am using a voltage doubler, conservation of energy suggests that I will be drawing twice as much current on the supply side, so this is something to consider.
I can draw 32 amps from the mains before I trip the circuit breakers, but obviously I don't want to get too close too this as there will be other devices plugged in to the house running on the same circuit.
Where can I find a suitable voltage doubler, or alternatively, what are the requirements for the components if I was to make my own voltage multiplier? Or alternatively again, would it be better to use a transformer and a full wave rectifier?
I apologise for my lack of knowledge in this area. I was never very good at power electronics.