Step-up or down transformers help us a lot. Because in the Philippines, our working voltage is at 220-240V, appliances bought abroad having a 100 or 110V working voltage could not be functional here. This is where a step-down transformer comes in. A Meiji step-down transformer’s input voltage is at 220V, it therefore steps DOWN to 110V in order to utilize appliances from the US or Japan. Likewise, a step-up transformers input voltage is at 110V, it has to STEP UP the working voltage to 220V in order for your appliances in the Philippines to work abroad.
Meiji step-up and step-down transformers bring much convenience too when traveling. You do NOT have to worry bringing your laptop, hair dryer and other appliances you use daily because of different working voltages.
But what we sometimes miss is the fact that even these transformers can develop some glitches as well. And if we do not pay much attention, our equipments, properties and even lives could be at stake. This is why having a clear understanding of the things that might get wrong with step-down transformers would be a great help for us.
- Primary winding problem. The coil that is meant to generate magnetic field is the step-down transformer’s primary winding. Having more loops compared to the secondary winding, this one may have a turn-to-turn short, which may lead to interruption of the current flow. Problems also arise when the voltage output is 10% higher than its designed capacity.
- Problem with the secondary winding. Unlike the primary winding, where the voltage output should not be more than what is supposed to be, here, problems arise when the voltage is lower than the set value.
- Open circuit. If the circuit of the step-down transformer is open, then there is no continuity in the flow of electricity. Therefore, there is a break in its circuit.
These transformer problems should be properly addressed. Especially for high-wattage transformers. occurrences like overheating and fire are just some of the possible dangers that can be caused by transformer failures.
It is also advisable for individuals facing these problems to seek the necessary advice whether to go for a repair or to immediately replace the step-down transformer. One has to know the best thing to do in order to avoid more serious consequences.
Also, it would be helpful for owners to remember the supplier of the transformer bought and regularly check the devices plugged in for possible problems or failures. And when there are some inconsistencies in terms of the output, one has to immediately seek proper troubleshooting. This way, one can act on it immediately and ensure safety.