# Diode Current in CW multiplier

#### thingmaker3

Joined May 16, 2005
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I know how to calculate the voltage drop of a Cockroft Walton multiplier, and how to estimate output voltage. I know that voltage ratings of the capacitors and diodes must be a minimum of 2x the input peak voltage.

What I have trouble finding is the ammount of current that goes through the diodes. Does the same ammount of current go through each diode? Does more current go through the diodes in the lower stages?

I am interested in both the half wave and full wave CWs.

#### beenthere

Joined Apr 20, 2004
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Hi,

Don't know for sure, but the nature of the beast suggests that all diodes conduct similarly. To pass enough charge to float up each capacitor means that equal charges has to pass each diode.

#### n9352527

Joined Oct 14, 2005
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The difference would be minimal and mainly associated with stage losses. In the case of perfect components, where there is no loss whatsoever, the currents would be equal.

#### thingmaker3

Joined May 16, 2005
5,083
So... is doide current in each stage equal to output current?

#### HVFan

Joined Mar 15, 2006
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