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Old 21st March 2013, 08:48 PM   #1
dnic77 is offline dnic77  United Kingdom
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Hi can anyone please help me to try and get this transformer working. I don't no which rail is which many thanks.
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Old 21st March 2013, 09:00 PM   #2
pilli is offline pilli  France
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With an ohm-meter you test all pairs of pins. Those that have "less than infinite" resistance are windings (it's going to be quite low, primaries will have several tens (even hundreds?) of ohms, secondaries just few ohms - but you don't really need the exact value).

It may have a primary that accomodates several voltages, like 110, 220, 240. In that case you'd have three "growing" resistances (longer lengths of cable) over four pins (first and second, third, fourth).
Hmm, those primaries may be disconnected, if the voltage setting is made externally, like somewhere on the PCB or even in the back panel.

Once the windings are determined, what I usually do is to put a low AC voltage (like 10V; or 22V is easy for calculation, here in Europe) into what could be the primary, and I measure the voltage on the other windings. This lets you determine the turns ratios.
The primary has a thin wire, compared to high-current secondaries (but the secondaries may also all be low-current and have thin wire).
But if you do this measure with 5V AC, there's no risk even putting it into a secondary.

For VA-rating there's an estimation based on weight. If I remember well it's something like 40VA per Kg. Careful, this is total VA, the sum of all secondaries.
And the thickness of each cable lets you estimate how much each winding could bear.

Just use it at half of your VA estimates, to stay on the safe side.

Hope this helps.


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Old 21st March 2013, 10:07 PM   #3
JonSnell Electronic is offline JonSnell Electronic  United Kingdom
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I see there vis a part number on the top. What is it or what is the transformer out of?
Should be able to google the part number and trace the wiring.
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Old 22nd March 2013, 08:01 AM   #4
dnic77 is offline dnic77  United Kingdom
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Thank you very much for the posts guys its really help full. It was taking from a technics su-v4x amp and iv just order the PCB lm3886 kit from chipamp.com and was hoping to be able to use this with it. Philli I will try everything you said tonight hopefully and thank you.
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Old 22nd March 2013, 08:47 AM   #5
JMFahey is offline JMFahey  Argentina
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Well, google is your friend.
Elektrotanya has a downloadable free service manual for the technics su-v4x , there it must show transformer wiring and voltages.
Go for it.
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