# Cockcroft–Walton generator "charging" cycles

I am studying the Cockcroft–Walton generator and one question comes to mind.
Let's say we have a load consuming every watts the generator can provide.
Would it be wrong to state that the generator would need to disconnect it's output from the load and wait n AC cycles to be able to generate the same voltage again , where n is the number of stage(s) in the generator ?

Ex: Voltage source AC : [-3V, +3V]
CW Module 1 Output : [6V]
CW Module 2 Output : [12V]
CW Module 3 Output : [24V]

We see here that it takes 3 AC cycles to go from [3V] to [24] volts.
If a load then consume all this power stored in the CWMs capacitors in an instant, for the generator to be able to "charge" up to 24 volts again, it would need to wait for 3 more AC cycles, correct ?

• The generator isn't connected to the load; there's a CWM in between. Please explain what you mean. Mar 24, 2023 at 13:04
• I edited the question, i hope this helps Mar 24, 2023 at 13:21
• I think you need to draw a picture. The load is the thing fed by the CWM output and, the generator feeds the CWM's input i.e. the generator is the AC power source and isn't connected to the load (as far as I know). Mar 24, 2023 at 13:28
• haaa i think i see what you mean, it's just a matter of sementics. Wikipedia uses the term "generator" for the whole process, including the CWMs. What i actually mean by "generator connected to the load" is actually the last module, the one with the highest voltage. Mar 24, 2023 at 13:38