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zw transformer
Posted by bigdogjeff on Saturday, August 28, 2010 6:05 PM

I hve a zw transformer and i was woundering what i can put on the hot wire to protect trains that have chips and boards from burning out from surges.

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Posted by Boxcar Bill on Saturday, August 28, 2010 6:27 PM

 

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Posted by lionelsoni on Saturday, August 28, 2010 7:23 PM

Put a transient voltage suppressor (TVS) between each output terminal (A through D) and the common terminals (U).  Do a search of the forum for advice about sources and part numbers.

It's also a good idea to put a circuit breaker or fuse in series with each output terminal.  The best circuit breakers for this application are auto-resetting thermal automotive fuses, which you can find at auto parts stores.  Use a circuit breaker appropriate for the wire size that you are using, but no more than 15 amperes.

Bob Nelson

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