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Subject: Re: x-ray transformers: questions (and where to get them)
Date: Oct 21, 10:41 am
Poster: Carl Willis

On Oct 21, 10:41 am, Carl Willis wrote:

>>Hi Folks-
>>For those of you with x-ray transformers, I need some simple info: First, my unit was made in 1985. How likely is it to have PCB's? Secondly, it has primary ratings of 230 V at up to 120 A.
>120 amps!!! ??? RH

Well, here's what the tag says: Fischer Imaging Corp, March 1985. Volts: 230 Continuous Amps: 5 Max. Amps: 125

I don't have 230 volts available for this thing- I should get all the voltage I need for a fusor with a 20-amp, 120 volt variac. If I need to go higher than about 40 kV, I'll have to get a 230-volt line. I can certainly believe what you said about the rectifier being easy to blow, but I still think that it would be a tough job to blow the transformer secondary with 120 volts in on the primary, if it can handle (deduced from the ratings) about 200 mA intermittently. (the 20-A breaker in the wall would cut out most likely.) Not that I want to turn the thing into a jacob's ladder or anything like that, but mistakes can happen, arcs can occur...