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Taking a Look at Power Analyzers

November 1st, 2018 | by Brainpulse
Taking a Look at Power Analyzers

A power analyzer is a device that does exactly what it sounds like. Depending on the make and model, power analyzers can do a number of important readings and tasks. No matter if this is your first time looking at power analyzers or your hundredth, there is always something new to be learned from going over the basics.

Each day, the world is becoming more heavily reliant on electricity and energy. This dependency leads us to search for more efficient ways to use our energy. To help determine exactly where energy is being wasted, you can use power analyzers around the home.

The Difference Between Single Phase and Three Phase

The biggest factor in determining which type of power analyzer will best suit your needs is knowing whether you are dealing with single phase or three phase power supplies. We will quickly run down the difference between the two so you know exactly what you will need.

A single phase power supply contains one neutral wire and one power wire. The electrical current flows between these wires. This causes rises and dips in the delivery of power. The peaks in voltage are at 90⁰ and 270⁰. There is a complete cycle at 360⁰.

In a three phase power supply, there are three power wires. Each one is at 120⁰ and set out of phase with each other. There are two types of circuits used to maintain the equal load all three phases. These circuits are delta and wye, each one with their own wire configuration. The main difference between the two is that delta does not use a neutral while wye uses both a neutral and a ground. The three phases peak at different times, providing a more constant stream of power and increasing the load capacity.

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