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Re: [Amps] Grid Protection Circuit Ideas

Subject: Re: [Amps] Grid Protection Circuit Ideas
From: Bill Turner <>
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 06:54:37 -0700
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At 11:17 AM 6/26/2006, R L Measures wrote:

>back to belly 3a
>diodes should be paralleled with the meter movement

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Just paralleling diodes across the meter movement may or may not 
work, depending on the meter's internal resistance. The diodes won't 
conduct until about .6 volts appears across them, and many meters 
have far too low internal resistance to make this happen at any 
reasonable current.

The best approach is to add a resistor in series with the meter and 
then connect the diodes across the combination of meter + resistor. 
The exact value of the resistor depends on the resistance of the 
meter and the value of current when you want conduction to begin. 
Ohm's law will provide the answers, and you can easily check the 
protection by running a controlled amount of current through the 
circuit and observing the beginning of conduction.

Bill, W6WRT

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