In a world of cheap and ubiquitous power, it can be difficult to find a single standard inductor that fits all of the needs of your home.
While the industry has come a long way, a lot of the same components that were popular years ago are still in use today.
Here are some things to consider when choosing a good inductor.
The best inductors for your home can vary a lot from household to household, and the best ones are usually a combination of the most common types of inductors, according to a recent CBC News review of the research.
Here’s what you need to know to choose the right inductor for your application.
Weird facts about inductorsFor the best performance from your home’s inductors and other devices, choose a well-designed inductor with a solid, long-life and long-lasting inductor core, such as a 12.5mm-long or longer length, according the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
To achieve the best efficiency, inductors should be built from a single, high-quality, high alloy material that is strong, flexible and lightweight, according Topper Technologies.
A better-quality material will also increase the lifetime of the inductor by reducing the amount of material that has to be removed from the coil and by reducing friction.
High-quality materials are also essential for good-enough performance in the field of home automation, according a study conducted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
A good quality material will give you a very good, uniform, and well-built inductor while at the same time offering a high resistance, said the study’s lead author, Daniel J. Zabinski, a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering at MIT.
In the past, there was a lot more debate about which inductor material is best for home automation applications, said Zabinksi, a mechanical engineering professor at MIT who was not involved in the study.
Today, he said, it is more common for manufacturers to use both a 12- and 16-inch-long length.
In addition to inductors that are both durable and high-grade, you can also look for inductors with a very low inductance, which will be very quiet.
These inductors are the type that will be best for outdoor use, where noise is low, said Andrew Tamburini, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Waterloo.
High inductance inductors can also be used in conjunction with other types of devices, such the thermostat or garage door opener, said J.J. Schulze, a spokesman for the American Institute of Certified Electronics, which regulates the standards for inductor materials and the products they are sold with.
For example, a 12 inches-long 12.25mm-diameter inductor is considered a good value because it is about half the length of a 12 inch-long door opener.
A 16-ounce-long inductor will be good for indoor applications, he added.
In terms of the types of products you can use a inductor in, Schulzes said, there are two main categories.
One is for indoor use, such like air conditioners or air condition pumps.
The other category is for outdoor applications, such that a 12, 12.75 or 16-foot length of inductor may be used to provide a good indoor signal.
For those applications, you may want to choose one of the two longer inductors over the shorter one, said Schulz.
There are several factors that affect the performance of inducting devices, including how many components are used in the device, the type of device being used, and whether the inductance is fixed or variable.
You should also consider the size of the device being inducted.
For instance, an indoor power meter with a 10.5-inch (or 6.5 centimeters) inductor has the lowest power output of all devices tested, according this study.
A 20-foot (7.2-meter) inductive device, on the other hand, has a higher power output than the smaller device.
To be a good choice for the home’s home automation devices, it’s important to consider how the device will work with other devices.
For one thing, you need a good quality inductor and the right power supply for the device you’re trying to use, according Schules.
For another, you’ll want to use a good-quality inductor so you can get the best output, which may require a lower power supply.
If you’re looking to buy an induction coil, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into.
For the best price, check out the best home automation products available online, according CCAE.
To use a home automation device, find a home improvement store that sells power meters, thermostats, and other power-sensing devices, and ask them for advice about the best