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Re: [Amps] Transformer taps

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Subject: Re: [Amps] Transformer taps
From: Steve Thompson <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 08:42:24 +0000
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On Monday 22 March 2004 00:16, Gary Schafer wrote:
> I have a plate transformer that has taps at 2000, 2500 and 3000 with a
> common center tap. Obviously made for a full wave rectifier to supply
> 1000, 1250 or 1500 volts rectified.
> I will use it with a full wave bridge.
> Question about the taps: Would there be any harm in using a lower tap on
> one half of the transformer different than on the other half?
> Meaning, use the one 3000 tap on one side  and the other side use the
> 2500 tap. This would allow voltages steps of 250 volts rather than 500
> volts for a tap change.
I can't see a problem but it might be worth checking the insulation between 
the winding and the frame - I've seen transformers where there's minimal 
insulation between the centre tap and the core, probably because there was an 
assumption of running the centre tap at ground.

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