Ferrite rings

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Garurumon, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. Garurumon

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    I noticed they come in various colors. Yellow-white is the most common in the computer PSUs.

    What do those colors mean? Can I know the details about the core that would help me wind my own inductors without LC meters and stuff from the core's color?
     
  2. bertus

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  3. Garurumon

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    Thanks a lot!
     
  4. Brainbox

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    There is this little free program an the net which help you to calculate ringcores.
    http://www.dl5swb.de/html/mini_ring_core_calculator.htm
    It gives You also the color markings of some core materials.
    Notice that some modern and popular chinese cores have different color codings.
     
  5. Garurumon

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    Most of my cores are from old computer PSUs, you think it'll work for them?
     
  6. SgtWookie

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    Toroid colors don't always have a "universal" meaning. One can order toroids in custom colors from the manufacturer for your in-house markings. Toroids for power conversion frequently have coloring that is only meaningful to the manufacturer of the power supply, where RF toroids used in filters, etc. use a more standard system as Bertus referred you to.

    For your purposes, I would have to say no. Wind on 20 or so turns, then read the inductance and calculate the AL from there - or use the Mini Ring Core Calculator for the last step.
     
  7. THE_RB

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    I'll second that, I've had powdered iron toroid cores made to spec for commercial product and they just asked what colour coating we wanted. I chose a colour that had a high contrast of wire colour to toroid, to enhance visibility and turns counting during hand winding. They also looked good. :)

    The yellow/white ones salvaged from PC PSUs etc are usually a low frequency powdered iron type, they are ok for home made SMPS inductors and transformers.
     
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