Step Down Transformers

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Step down power transformers are extremely popular with American expatriates who continue using American appliances, such as microwaves or vacuums, after moving to Europe or other foreign countries. However, step down transformers are most widely used in power transmission applications at power-generating stations to raise voltages with a corresponding decrease in current. Read More…

Step Down Transformers Step down transformers have the power to convert higher voltages to lower voltages by means of transferring electrical energy through two coil stages, the second coil stage having fewer coil windings. Power outlet voltages vary depending on geographical location. The two commonly used outlet voltages are 220 volts and 110 volts. This voltage difference is an important consideration for people traveling between countries with different outlet voltage standards.

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Antigo, WI  |  800-826-9741

We believe in offering the very best to all customers. We offer a full range of transformers, including electric transformers, current, and toroidal transformers. We will never let you walk out the door with a substandard product. If high quality is demanded, that is what we will offer. Let us help you today! Give us a call or visit us online to learn more.

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Stockton, CA  |  800-628-1123

West Coast Magnetics is a leading supplier of standard and custom transformers and magnetics to OEM manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment. Standard options include current transformers, power inductors, base drive transformers and more. Additionally, our engineering department has extensive experience in the design and build of custom power transformers suited to your application.

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Pelham, NY  |  800-431-1064

At Pico Electronics, we are a big name in small components. Our excellent customer service and support is a wonderful accompaniment to our quality electric transformers. We also have capabilities to provide custom transformers, power transformers, current transformers, isolation transformers, toroidal transformers and high voltage transformers. For more information, contact us today and tell us how we can fulfill your requirements.

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Trenton, NJ  |  800-747-0845

Established in 1968, Power Magnetics engineers and manufactures electric transformers, low and high voltage transformers, current transformers and distribution transformers. We also can produce custom transformers to meet your needs.

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McHenry, IL  |  815-344-2900

Lenco Electronics, Inc. specializes in a wide variety of custom electric transformers. Lenco’s success has not come about by accident, but by providing its customers with high-quality products. When you do business with Lenco, you can do it with confidence that your product was designed and engineered by professionals. Your special application is our specialty, so call Lenco today!

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Very high voltages and low currents are used for long-distance transmission lines in order to reduce power losses; as a result, at the receiving end step-down transformers reduce the voltage and increase the current to the lower residential or industrial voltage levels. Materials used to construct the coil windings include copper, special steel alloys, chromium, nickel and aluminum, of which copper windings are the most efficient as well as being a little more costly.

Sizes of step down transformers range from large devices intended for use in electrical power systems, such as power plants, to much smaller units that are used in electronic equipment such as loudspeakers in radios, high fidelity equipment and television sets.

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A step down transformer is comprised of two sets of coils or windings linked by a magnetic field. The core can be a ferrite compound or a laminated core wound with bare copper or enameled coils. The coils are primary and secondary and function as conductors. Although there is no connection between the two circuits, the coil windings are inductively linked.

The principal function of a step down transformer is to convert high voltage, low current power into low voltage, high current power. The conversion begins when the primary coil receives alternating current, or AC, voltage; this produces a varying magnetic field of voltage surrounding the conductor, and the magnetic field activates the secondary conductor coil. Once the voltage conversion is made, the energy is transferred to the load center and the electrical process continues from there.

The ratio of turns (also known as windings) in the primary coil to the number of turns in the secondary coil determines the magnitude of the voltage; in a step down transformer there will be fewer turns in its secondary coil than the primary. Even though there are fewer turns, the turns in the secondary coil are of a larger gauge wire than used in the primary coil in order to handle the increased current power that has been transferred to the secondary coil.

The voltage ratio between the windings of the primary and the secondary circuit mirrors the ratio of the number of windings. Correctly used, step down transformers can protect against safety hazards such as short-circuiting, blowing equipment or starting fires.

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