Strange increase in voltage with amplifier PSU

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Curlycat

Joined May 2, 2015
2
Hi guys. This is my first post here. I am busy building an audio amplifier, mostly form modules. Unfortunately ,my knowledge of electronics is very limited.

I am running a 5A toroidal with 36-0-36 VAC into a PSU module with bridge rectifier and capacitors. (4x 10 000uf/63V) After rectification, I get 53V DC. I want to replace the PSU module with a better one (6x 10 000uf/80V) However when I use the new PSU model, I get approx 104V DC.

I did not expect that. I thought the DC voltage would remain about the same at 53V DC? I cannot run my amp on 104V DC. The maximum I can run is 70V DC. How do I fix this and why did this happen please?
 

Papabravo

Joined Feb 24, 2006
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If you go from the center tap to one of the 36VAC windings you end up with about 51 Vpeak. If you go from 36VAC winding to the other 36VAC winding you get about 101 Vpeak. Getting slightly higher DC values means your transformer is putting out more than 36VAC
 

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Curlycat

Joined May 2, 2015
2
Thank you guys. I see the folly of my ways. Indeed I measured incorrectly. Last time I measured my AC voltage was also a bit higher than 220V. That would account for the 53V as appose to 51V. First picture is how I measured. Second is how I should have measured :rolleyes:

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Thanks for all the help again!
 
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