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What are all the reasons that transformers are considered safer?

I am making a circuit for measuring AC mains voltage and current and I want to avoid using a transformer because it introduces distortions. But everyone says that the circuit will be considered unsafe ...
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Dangers of capacitors blowing up

I was wondering what kind of damage a 350v 6000uf (link to cap: http://goo.gl/f9iH29) electrolytic capacitor could do. will this kill me if it blew up next to me? I have never blown capacitors before, ...
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Is it safe to build a floatable speaker?

I'm thinking of building a floatable speaker to float along beside me in a lake or a small river while tubing. I've got some speakers and the following 12V amp: DROK Amplify Module Audio Component ...
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Why are Edison screws allowed to be used? [on hold]

Why are the Edison screws allowed to be used? They seem unsafe. Why are they designed that way? They require a complete grounding system to ground devices for the rare situation where the hot wires ...
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Using an Arduino (If Needed) to Charge 18650 Battery [closed]

I am looking for a way to charge 18650 battery with an Arduino (If needed) as simple as possible. I have seen tutorials where you have to buy 10 diffident parts. I just want the simple (But wont ...
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How dangerous are portable CRT televisions?

I want to use an old portable CRT for a project, but I don't know how dangerous the capacitors are, and if they'd be as bad as the ones inside a normal CRT. It takes in 12v dc via adapter, or 8 D ...
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What are the safety and device risks associated with not connecting the grounding prong on a 120V AC device?

For example, imagine a device that comes with a 3-prong (grounded) AC plug. What are the risks associated with, for example, plugging this device into a 2-prong extension cord which effectively ...
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What are design considerations for grounding an enclosed AC-to-DC converter?

Here I'm talking about a device that takes 100-240V AC in, and outputs 10-20V DC out. In terms of grounding, I'm referring to the grounding offered by a standard outlet (e.g., a NEMA-5-15R receptacle)....
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What is the identity of this shiny insulator?

fig: Shiny layer I've seen many times, on metallic objects, a kind of insulator layer is given (I've tested its resistance with multimeter and it shows infinite ohms). The layer is greenish-gold in ...
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Is there any symbol for electrical insulation?

Is there any symbol for electrical insulation? Is there any symbol for insulated wire? is there any symbol for non-insulated wire?
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What is the most efficient way to prevent reverse polarity to an opAmp?

Above is a part of a circuit which is a Schmitt trigger. As you see 24V DC Vcc and Gnd are the power rails. I will set up this circuit and some other people are going to hook up input output and ...
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Hot & neutral have similar voltage to ground: Finding the problem Part 2

I accepted an answer to a similar question recently, but I now have additional information and have realized that I need a more specific answer. I am nearly certain that my landlord will be unhappy ...
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Rule of Thumb When a Bleeder Resistor is Advisable

New to building circuits, I’m trying to develop an understanding as to when a bleeder resistor should be connected across a capacitor for safety reasons. I’ve seen several references talking about how ...
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Practical differences between putting circuit complexity on the ground side vs the hot side

I'm wiring some computer fans behind the fridge in my camper-van to help increase ventilation. As part of this circuit, I have a temperature controlling microcontroller plus relay and a series of SPDT ...
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Why is resistance across my arm-span so much less than across my face?

This sounds like a strange question (it is) but, from a purely biological standpoint, why is the measured resistance across my hands (I measured 120k\$\Omega\$) so much less than across my face? I ...
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Does a lamp need a fuse?

I have a floor lamp in which I have installed 2 LIFX Color 1000 A19 Wi-Fi LED Smart Bulbs (http://www.lifx.com/products/color-1000) The lamp is designed to have 2 bulbs and has a two position dimmer ...
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How does grounding the circuit provides safety?

I don't understand the concept of grounding a circuit for safety reasons, in this circuit that i simulated, imagine my hand touching the circuit as the closed switch. I am creating a closed loop ...
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Table lamp CE marking / safety testing for sale to the public

I am designing a table lamp that uses the following components: An LED coin module (running at 3.15 watts, 8.4 to 9.75 volts) powered by a plug-in constant current LED driver that is CE marked I am ...
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Electric shock & safety [duplicate]

An electric circuit is considered a closed circuit if there are two wires connecting to a load, namely live wire and neutral wire. Therefore someone would get electrocuted by touching live wire or ...
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Is This “E-Power” Machine Dangeorus?

My mother is obsessed with new-age quackery, and has rented an "E-Power" machine, a device that appears to be a waveform generator connected to a belt that you wrap around your waist. I'm concerned ...
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How safe is my soldering iron? [closed]

I'm have a low cost (<2$) soldering iron, similar to the one shown in the image, except that it has 3 plug terminals. Suddenly something got me thinking about safety, out of curiosity I cut the ...
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Power Transformer with two Buchholz relays

In my workplace we have a power transformer, on its conservator tank there is a device like a Buchholz relay and its named as Atmo-Seal. What is the purpose of this device?
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Arduino Bell Detector (Unsafe circuit)

I currently have a circuit that the arduino pro mini checks is the button pressed, the relay will be closed to trigger the bell alarm. And a UDP Packet will be also sent to a server to notify me. ...
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Safety tips for 350V @ 134kHz

I'm hooking an RFID reader up to an antenna. The reader operates at 134kHz and, due to its resonant circuit design, it can produce up to 350V (peak to peak) across the antenna terminals, with max ...
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What type of fire extinguisher do I need for lithium polymer batteries?

I plan on using reasonably cheap powerbanks (like the Aukey Mini 3600mAh) with my own circuits, and - ideally - I'd like to have an appropriate fire extinguisher on hand in case I mess up. I know ...
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How much open circuit voltage can a C.T. generate if burden is removed

The CT types I'm thinking of are those used for the general monitoring of household currents. Myth or truth, will a regular CT (in an otherwise normal and suitable current monitoring situation) ...
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How to wire the mains to a transformer for end user safety?

Because this can be deadly, and is best left to someone qualified; advice for hobbyist projects on the web are reluctant to offer advice on safely handling mains connections. The get-around is to ...
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“Dead-man” safety switch for HV bench work?

Long-haul freight trains and other systems that required an alert operator for safety would often implement a "dead-man" switch that would shut the system down if the operator couldn't actuate the ...
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Can we proof a scavenged transformer of unknown specification?

This step-down transformer was scavenged from a power tool battery charger. It was designed to take 120V AC current and it outputs 20V AC. I can't find any specs for it, so I'm wondering what ...
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Multimeter exploded during ACV measurment - What did I do wrong?

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab A DT-830B meter. I bought a new transformer, and I was trying to measure the output voltage. I plugged the probes on 'VΩmA' (not 10 ...
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would i need a fuse when experimenting with transformers?

I have a 0.7A center tapped 12v/15v transformer(i dont know details about it). However i dont know which pin is which among the output pins, so I have to jump them in many ways and measure with ...
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“Phantom” touches on appliance's capacitive buttons. A serious problem? [closed]

We have two electronic devices that operate well by themselves. Device 1 has touch (I assume capacitive) buttons. If device 1 and 2 are turned on they are fine. But if device 2's motor is engaged, ...
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Guidelines for using an unenclosed power supply?

What are the basic guidelines for safely using a "bare" unenclosed power supply (random example)? As a relative novice, my thoughts are: Definitely need a separate enclosure To avoid overheating, ...
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Fumes from soldering [duplicate]

I breathe alot of soldering fumes and i don't have anything that is used to remove this fumes while soldering, is it really bad for my health? How it affects the brain and other organs?
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Li-ion swappable 18650 in parallel - preventing mixing charged&discharged cells

I'm designing a device that has 6 18650 elements (all parallel) in holders, made so that the end user will be able to pop out the batteries when they're discharged and plug in a set of new batteries. ...
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Are Faston tabs safe for earth grounding?

I am having a discussion with coworkers about sufficient grounding to a chassis... my opinion is that a toothed ring terminal in contact with bare metal is required, e.g. Molex 19074-0025, so that the ...
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Short circuit when probing live ATX power supply primary section with voltmeter [closed]

I was probing around an old ATX PSU to inspect voltage levels in the primary section. The first 15 minutes went smooth (bridge rectifier inputs, big caps, Power IC Vcc, etc..) but as soon as I probed ...
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active bleeder circuit for capacitor discharge

I have a circuit with a large capacitor, a solenoid and an N-channel FET fed by a 60VDC supply. When I trigger the FET the capacitor discharge activates the solenoid. This all works as expected (...
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220 AC to 220 DC Converter

I am designing a circuit that will give me an adjustable 220DC voltage. The load is approximately 2kohms, so the maximum current that will flow is 100mA.And I have design restrictions, it needs to be ...
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How can I test a wire for small holes?

I have stripped one wire, the black/hot/positive one, for a 120v appliance. I had to cut away the outer plastic that surrouneds all three wires, and now I'm afraid I may have nicked a small hole into ...
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Safety when using ATX power supply as benchtop supply

I found many pages where people convert an ATX power supply to a benchtop power supply to give 12, 5, 3.3V. However the current output can be very high (several amps). When using this and you NEED ...
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Recommended capacitor rating for this mains zero-crossing detector

I found this zero-crossing detecting circuit here I want to recreate it, using the parts that I have on hand (or can get cheapest), but I'm not sure how to choose the correct 0.1uF capacitors. ...
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Isolation transformer and AC potential between grounds

Wisely (I think) after connecting my DUT (Tektronix 2710 Spectrum Analyzer) to an isolation transformer, I measured AC voltage between the DUT chassis ground and my scope (Tektronix 2440) ground lead. ...
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Why is it safer to place a switch on the positive side of a voltage source?

According to the research I've done, it is safer to place a switch on the positive side of a voltage source: http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/textbook/direct-current/chpt-3/safe-practices/ This ...
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Is it possible to test a lithium ion battery for safety? How?

There have been stories in the news recently about fires that are believed to be caused by the lithium-ion batteries inside hoverboards. If you had one of these devices and didn't mind taking the ...
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Contradictions in conductivity

I mostly know how electricity flows but cannot understand some aspects, and have three examples that I cannot fathom: The pilot lighting electrode wire on my house central heating water heater /...
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Should Class I electric devices be connected to unearthed sockets?

I rent an old house and most of the power sockets do not have earth/ground. I need to connect Class I devices (such as laptop chargers, full PC towers, soldering irons) which require an earth to ...
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Is C-SAM test needed for new baking oven for IC?

I bought a conventional oven for baking ICs. Do i need to perform C-SAM test on the units after baking? I think units will not be affected if you will use the required baking temperature and time ...
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Quick safety question probing 120VAC

I did read several questions about safely probing high AC voltages with an oscilloscope. I had been taught to isolate the scope, which I see now is dangerous. So I think what I should do is then ...
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Christmas lights - how many strands can I connect? [closed]

I am putting lights around my house this season, and am finding myself concerned about safety and what the company who makes the bulbs says is safe. I think they are being way over-cautious, because ...