Orientation of an SMD Tordial Inductor

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Gdrumm, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. Gdrumm

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    My old Dell 5100 laptop took a spike during an electricl storm a couple of months ago, then it wouldn't power up.

    I took it apart today, and found a smokey (burnt) looking 4RT inductor.
    Believe it or not, I have a spare, in my salvaged parts box.

    Question, is there a + / - side when mounting?

    The lettering on the old one, and consiquently the mounting pads, don't go the same way as on the new one. The old one is East-West lettering, as mounted on the MB, and the new one is North-South lettering.

    Thanks for any feedback, or for steeing me in the right direction.

    Gary
     
  2. ErnieM

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    No polarity on an inductor.

    FIRE AT WILL
     
  3. GopherT

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    I think the inductors are wound the dropped into a bin then, at the next station, the part number is stenciled or printed on them (no need to be consistent in the orientation).
     
  4. Gdrumm

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    Thanks,
    Gary
     
  5. crutschow

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    That's true as long as it has only two connections.
     
  6. Gdrumm

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    It did (have 2), and I did get it mounted,
    Sadly, it didn't fix the laptop.

    I'm not that good at troubleshooting Laptops.

    But hey, it's all good.

    I learned something new today, and I got to tinker for a few hours in the garage.
    It was nice, 65ish, and sunshine.

    Thanks again,
    Gary
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2014
  7. THE_RB

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    The inductor can cook if the freewheel diode is shorted. Check the diode that connects to the inductor. :)
     
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