Unusual DC power supply?

AlbertHall

Joined Jun 4, 2014
12,187
Yes, it is aversion of the transformerless power supply where the 0.68uF capacitor limits the current. There is no isolation so the output is live and inclined to kill you.

Discussion of this type of supply is not allowed on here.
 

Papabravo

Joined Feb 24, 2006
19,577
Yes, it is aversion of the transformerless power supply where the 0.68uF capacitor limits the current. There is no isolation so the output is live and inclined to kill you.

Discussion of this type of supply is not allowed on here.
I think there was a policy change after the takeover. Your impression might be outdated.
 

MisterBill2

Joined Jan 23, 2018
13,754
What is missing from the drawing is that the other side of the mains connection is connected to one side of the load. The ground symbol, which is used incorrectly, tries to hide that fact.
Stating the hazards of such a supply scheme should be required. "Yes, it can work, but absolutely it poses a serious shock hazard."
 

AlbertHall

Joined Jun 4, 2014
12,187
What is missing from the drawing is that the other side of the mains connection is connected to one side of the load
No. It is confusing because it is drawn upside down compared to the normal presentation. The two wires on the right of the drawing are the load connections. The diode at the right hand side should be a zener whose rating will define the output voltage.
 

DickCappels

Joined Aug 21, 2008
9,511
A more precise copy from the U.S patent:
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Yes, they are most common. In this case the earth ground symbol is misapplied - that is probably "circuit common" rather than actual earth. The circuit and things connected to them are dangerous because they are not isolated from the AC mains.

The principle of operation is described in this Microchip application note.
 
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