[TCML] Self ballasting transformers
evp at pacbell.net
Sun Nov 9 14:55:20 MST 2008
bsneath at internode.on.net wrote:
>I have a question regarding the self-current-limitting transformers that are used in most old appliances.
>It would seem that they have no shunts at all, and the only way they ballast themselves is with a large number of primary turns.
>To clarify, the transformers i'm talking about are those little <100watt ones that powered stuff like DVD players etc. before switching psu's took
>But how does it work?
>Another thing, when i put a new secondry on one such xfrmr after extending the core (by using 2 E sections back to back instead of the usual E I
>construction), the current limiting no longer worked as well and i could draw more power out of it than it was rated for.
>so, how do these xfrmrs self-limit, and how does the core extension affect it?
Are you talking about "wall warts"? What makes you think these
things had current limiting? I've never seen one with current limiting
and the power rating is just that - the maximum output without
overheating. That in no way means you can't draw more power. Most of
these transformers are really crappy and cheap with higher winding
resistance than one might want for best efficiency.
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