Mains electricity, typically a higher voltage AC waveform used to deliver electrical power to households. In North America 120 V, 60Hz, in Europe 220, 50 Hz. What most people will plug appliances into.

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Outlets not grounded? Remedy? [migrated]

For some months, I'm renting an apartment in the Canary Islands. It looks like the plugs are not grounded. For example, when I connect my laptop, a ThinkPad T420si, then I feel an unpleasant sensation ...
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High voltage distribution line fault current

On a conventional 7,200 volt distribution line, what would be the average fault current in a scenario like the one shown in the video below? Video Specifically, I'm wondering what the power ...
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Electrical measurements of Chicago substation from where can I get it? [closed]

I am doing a project on electrical load prediction using machine learning. Machine learning involves creating models based on past data. For creating these models where can I get data regarding ...
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Does unplugging a television from the wall socket make it safer? [closed]

Does unplugging a television from the wall socket make the electronic safer (against power surge for example) compared to: Plugged in, button on wall socket is off Plugged in, button on wall socket ...
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Strategies for powering an ATtiny micro controller and 40W peltier from mains

I'm trying to power an ATtiny1634 at 5VDC and a 50W peltier element at 12VDC. The microcontroller will, amongst other things, turn on the peltier via a 5VDC non-latching relay. I want to use an ...
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Limiting mains current

What would be the best way to limit mains (240V @ 50Hz) current? I want at least 1A of current. The output should be AC 240V at any frequency greater than or equal to 50Hz. It should be able to endure ...
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Energy harvesting from AC wire

I'm designing a home automation module and finding a way to supply power. Is it possible to harvest energy from existing AC wire using step-up current transformer? Also I can only find step-down ...
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What causes old power supplies to start humming?

I have a number of mains-powered devices that have begun humming (I assume at 50Hz, though I haven't measured it). These include clock radios, a speaker system, a lamp (20W halogen with a transformer ...
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Solar inverter with mains backup [closed]

I'm looking for a way to partially power an applicance (a fridge freezer for argument's sake) using solar/renewable energy. I don't expect the couple of hundred watts of solar power to be sufficient ...
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What will happen if i connect a bulb across 2 AC sources of different voltage [closed]

I was just trying to decode whats happening in my house wiring I have a Fault line indicator bulb for each phase,Sorry i dont know How its connected or anything ... Recently i installed Home ups And ...
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What makes mains voltage safe in homes?

When I started learning about electrical engineering, one of the most important safety guidelines that I learned was that voltages over 36V can be dangerous. As my circuits professor put it, 120VAC ...
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OrCAD- Hierarchical Blocks - Printing issue

I am facing one issue in OrCAD 16.7 version. Please give your ideas to solve this. Here is my issue. I have created my design using hierarchical blocks. I created one Main page for the whole design. ...
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Low-pass filtering a 120 volt AC line to remove noise

I have active monitors (speakers) plugged into a 120 V line and they are picking up 120 Hz noise being generated by the TRIACs of the Lutron light dimmers in my house. The dimmers are on different ...
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Design steps for a choke inductor

I want to filter out high frequency noise on my power line. At first, I was considering to use an LC filter on the line; but then, I learned about choke filters are used exactly for this purpose. ...
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What are the bare minimum parts needed to operate a magnetron?

I recently took apart a microwave, and I managed to get a magnetron out of it, as well as a transformer that appears to be the power source for the magnetron, but looks a little small for the ...
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Does coil require extra resistor before connecting mains?

I am planning to build diaphragm air pump. For this instead of using an AC motor, I am planning to connect an aluminium rod to diaphragm, and put a permanent magnet on it that will be pulled and ...
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Where can I learn to safely deal with mains electricity? [closed]

I want to start working on projects that directly interface with the mains in my house. I know this is dangerous. I don't want to design something that will fail in a year and burn down my house. We ...
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Safety concerns over generic switching power supply units

I'm looking for a more stable power supply for my 3d printer. I've recently come across the following kinds of switching power supplies. They seem to come in all sorts of different sizes and ...
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What controller for a 400W AC-DC SMPS?

I would like to build a big AC-DC SMPS. I built a little one based on ST's VIPer22A. This is a nice little IC that can give up to a couple watts (my design was 5V 1A). It was easy enough to design ...
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Why is there a potential difference between neutral and ground (earth)?

I was surprised to find that bridging neutral and ground in a socket at home tripped the RCD. Measuring with a multimeter, there is indeed 0.1 V between them. If the RCD trips at 30mA that would mean ...
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SMPS gives “electric shock”

I built the following circuit, a reference VIPer22A circuit. It works fine but I have a little problem. It gives an electric shock on the secondary side. It's not a "line" shock (sticking your ...
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What are some problems with running a heating element in PWM mode?

I want to be able to control a heating element's (which runs on 230V mains) power level, and I'm thinking of running it using a solid state relay and PWM. However, I'm unsure of the implications of ...
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Detecting Zero Crossing of Mains (Sine and Square Wave)

I need to design a circuit that can measure and output pulses for a MCU at zero crossing of 220VAC waveforms. The application requires that that both square wave waveforms and sine-waves should work. ...
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Check my math: Calculating the size of extension cord needed

I think I've done this right, but I don't trust myself. Will you check my math and see if I'm right about this, or correct my error if I'm wrong? The facts I have a device (A Yamaha Stagepas 400i ...
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What is the easiest way to identify what leg of a 220V panel a 110v outlet is on?

I need to connect two devices on the same leg so they can communicate. Basically I am trying to send my internet to my remote garage over the power line. I need to have them both on the same leg in ...
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How can I make a POWER-LED Lamp?

What is the best way to light 10 POWER-LEDs with AC mains (220V)? (I want to make an LED lamp.) Here is more info: I have 10 of these POWER-LEDs: Product Chip: 40x40 mil Chip Brand: ...
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Tapping energy from high voltage AC transmission lines

The details are hazy as I recollect this from my nipper days.Many, many years ago. “Persons were charged with stealing electricity by placing a large coil, somehow, near high voltage AC transmission ...
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5V Power Supply oscillates once another consumer is turned on

I live in Europe and we have 230V coming out of the power outlet. I have several consumers on one outlet: 5V DC supplies for Router, HDMI-Switch, Ambilight, one Computer, one Macbook and a fan). The ...
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How can this isolated DC/DC converter claim a 3kv rating?

I'm referring to the Murata Power Solutions CME series DC/DC converters. Datasheet: http://www.murata-ps.com/data/power/ncl/kdc_cme.pdf If you look at the footprint of package (the -3C variant), ...
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Aren't non-polarized plugs a little dangerous? Why still use them?

Sorry if there is an answer for this kind of question somewhere. I can't find it anywhere. Take a look at obvious toaster example: If you live in Europe and have non-polarized plug and a toaster (a ...
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Connecting common of relay with main cable of 240VAC

I trying to control my turntable switch with Arduino. This is a toggle switch with 3 wires one wire is for CW rotation the other one is for CCW and the other cable is main with 240VAC. I am using this ...
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How to use LM56 to switch on/off a 2kW heater using a MOSFET

I have an oil heater at 220V/2000W so lets say 10A (maybe more when it starts?!). I was thinking of creating a circuit to switch the oil heater on/off with a LM56. Is it possible using a MOSFET ...
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How to use LM56 to switch on/off a 2kW heater

I have an oil heater at 220V/2000W so lets say 10A. I was thinking of creating a circuit to switch the oil heater on/off with a LM56 (http://www.ti.com/product/lm56). Is it possible using a relay or ...
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How is line voltage measured?

When people say that the line voltage in the US is 120 volts, do they mean amplitude, Vpp or Vrms?
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12 v xbox connection [duplicate]

Hi again if I just want to connect my tv and x box360 to the mains I've got it connected to the van at no so the neg is to the body and pos is by the fuse box. Can I just wire the transformer neg to ...
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How does a “break” in the neutral wire enable it to reach the full line voltage?

The answer to Is the neutral wire considered safe? states: When everything is working correctly, it should be at most a few volts from ground. However, and this is the big gotcha, if there is a ...
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Is it possible for mains power to drop during peak times?

Disclaimer: I'm not after repair information or modifying any appliances myself. I'm after a reason why this is happening. I have noticed that during peak times (6pm - 10pm) that power to mains ...
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Why does a mains appliance give a shock after it is completely unplugged

My wife has a food processor, bought a few weeks ago, powered directly from the A.C. mains, i.e. not via a "wall wart" power supply, and, after it has been switched off at the wall and fully ...
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Determine a transformer's windings

I'm trying to find out what the pinout of a transformer is. I found the following diagram in a service manual of a device similar to what i salvaged this transformer from: Now. To test this, I'm ...
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I want to adapt a VFD

If I feed single phase electricity into a 3 phase input VFD, I know it needs to be derated on the output by about 50%, but how does it cope with the difference in voltage, as rectified 230v rms gives ...
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Where does 264Vac come from?

Power supplies often accept an input range of 90-264Vac. I am wondering where the 264 comes from. A couple of random examples from power supplies available: 85 - 264 Vac input range (100 - 240 Vac ...
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How can a faulty USB charger kill you?

This question relates to this incident here. Where a women in Australia died from a faulty USB charger that allowed the full 240v mains voltage through the USB cable. Now from my understanding you ...
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Is a 115V rated transformer expected to accept US mains voltage (120V)?

< question completely reworded since people thought I was looking for appliance repair instructions > Many "Power Transformers" are rated at 115V or 230V. It seems to be the most popular rating. ...
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How to build very low cost current transformer?

Im building low cost home energy monitoring system. I want to see how much energy is used by water heater, big water pump, kitchen equipment, lightning, computer. I would be awesome if I could measure ...
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Transmission lines in USA, household transformers - efficiency and economy

I want to ask about efficiency and economy of electric power distribution in USA. I live in Europe and American standards are so weird for me. I was very surprised when I saw this: See inside main ...
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How can I safely prototype a mains power circuit?

I'm building a device that has a mains power component, which I need to prototype before building to make sure everything works. I know I need to make sure wiring—and insulation!—is thick enough to ...
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How to add a desirable phase shift in the input from 3-phase ac mains?

I want to build a 12 pulse rectifier circuit. I know delta-wye or wye-delta transformers can be used to add phase shifts equal to the multiples of 30, but I don't want to use transformers. Is there ...
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How can I make a 5mm LED rope using 6v transformer [closed]

I want to glow LED using a 6v AC transformer. I want to add 18 color changing leds (5mm) as series. I cant add too many wires through the rope (pipe). See my plan: what are the components I ...
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How can I make a LED rope using mains (AC power) [closed]

I want to glow LED using AC power. How can I add combine multiple LEDs to make an LED rope? Versions that I would like to build are: 18 x 5mm LEDs 20 x 10mm LEDs Mains voltage here is 220 V AC ...
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How can I make AC powered 5mm LED string? (with more than 16 LEDs) [closed]

I want to make an AC powered 5mm LED string. I searched a lot but I never found a working one. I just tried one experiment from the Instructables site. But when I connected it to AC power, one ...