I feel like the question: “Can you imagine life without electricity” is too far-fetched, simply because I can’t even imagine a day without it. It’s one of the most crucial, necessary elements in our everyday lives. We have so many gadgets, electronics and appliances that we’re so accustomed to as they make life so much easier and convenient. And obviously, in order to power them we need electricity. But if you live in a remote area where power cuts or voltage problems are frequent, this can result in faulty appliances. So how do you go about using your favourite devices and gadgets without the constant fear of damaging them? Simple – you get a transformer.
Transformers are devices that are commonly used in both residential and industrial settings. They’re basically storage devices for electricity that transform the electric circuit from on place to another, all while effectively changing the voltage from one amount to another, more adequate one. That being said, you’ll come across a power step down transformer, and a step up transformer.
As its name suggests, a power step down transformer converts higher voltage into lower voltage. This is mainly used to decrease the voltage from the primary winding to the secondary winding. This process involves voltage distribution, control and electrical isolation. Conversely, a step up transformer converts low voltage into higher voltage. This is mainly applied to increase the voltage from the primary winding to the secondary winding.
There are various different transformers available nowadays, some of them include: isolation, audio output, audio line matching, toroidal, SMPS, E&I and UI and others. All of these types feature different properties and are designed with a specific purpose in mind. Furthermore, they all have different ways of handling the transfer voltage, depending on the equipment they’re plugged to. However, their main function is still to increase or decrease the alternating current.
- Some of the important factors you need to take into account when looking for a transformer are:
- finding a reputable and reliable manufacturer and supplier;
- ensuring it comes with a warranty or some sort of guarantee in order to secure your investment and get the most out of it;
- check whether the manufacturer offers a custom-made transformer for your specific needs.
All of this will help you make the right investment and buy a transformer that you will use for many years to come.