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PSUD question

Using a GZ34/5AR4, with a 500V/120ohm PT, CLC of first cap of 40uF, a 1.2H/18ohm choke, then a 560uF cap with a load of 100mA, I get crazy graphs and an over-current error.

Is the choke too low in resistance/inductance and that is overstressing the GZ34? It's an old monster of thing, would I be better buying a 5H ~100 ohm one?

Didn't get a chance to run the sim, but by looking at your values it seems like a tough load for the rectifier durring the power up cycle(if the rectifier you are refering to does cross-reference the 5AR4). Especially in a worst case, real-world situation, like tubes are warmed up then you power it off, then back on before they are cooled down.

I'd either,
- Reduce capacitance
- Increase L and or R (you could just add a resistor in series with the choke if you already own the choke and have the voltage headroom to do so)
- Change rectifier type

Or a combination.