Lightning Arrester. Design Note 26


GDT H 230 LB
Various kinds of Lightning arrester circuits are available, but here describes one with Multi-level protection so any one of the component may be damaged if a strong lightning occurs. Thus it leaves the gadget without damage. Usually one Surge protector like MOV, GDT, Bidirectional Diode etc is used in surge protector circuit. But here a combination of all the three is used to give multi level protection. The circuit can be hooked up in Telephones, Cable TV lines, Modem, Dish antenna cable etc.
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Transil, Trisil and SIDAC


Transil is the trade name of Transient Voltage Suppression diode or TVS diode of ST Microelectronics, Transil diode is used to protect sensitive electronic devices from voltage spikes and transients induced by the mains. Transil protects the circuit by shunting excess current if the induced current exceeds the avalanche breakdown point. It works like a clamping diode to remove all the excess voltage induced. When the overvoltage condition goes off, the Transil automatically resets. Trisil is the trade name of the Thyristor Surge Protection device, another surge protector for electronic equipments. SIDAC is also a protection device less commonly used for surge protection for AC.

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