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# How do you identify a step-up transformer vs a step-down transformer?

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• Anonymous
2 months ago

Voltage out is greater than voltage in, step-up

Voltage out is less than voltage in, step-down

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• The higher voltage /impedance winding will use finer/smaller magnet wire because that winding will have more turns. Step-up or step-down is simply which winding you choose to use for the primary vs secondary. No transformer is necessarily used either way.  Any winding connected to a voltage source must have enough inductance to limit the idle current to a fraction of the operating power.

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• By looking at it.

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• Connect a signal generator to one side of it.

Measure the P-P input signal.

Measure the output side with a 1000Ω resistor as a load. to see what the turns ratio is. This will not tell you the power handling capability of it but just the ~ turns ratio.

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• If it's not connected to anything, you can't.

It's where it is used in a circuit and which coil you choose as primary that determines it. A particular transformer can be used as either a step up or step down.

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• TEST THEM WITH AN AC VOLTMETER.

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• The voltage ratio or turns ratio from one winding to the other.

A lot of transformers can be used either way around; eg. a 4:1 turns ratio audio transformer could be step down or reversed (1:4) step step up.

With power transformers, they can often be reversed as long as you do not exceed the current rating of whichever winding you use as primary & do not use significantly higher output voltage than the normal input rating.

(In other words, don't overload the windings or insulation).

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• if the output voltage is higher than the input voltage, it is a step-up.

if the output voltage is lower than the input voltage, it is a step-down.

or you look at the name plate that has that identification.

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