Inductive Loads


Inductive loads are loads from electrical equipment.  Electricity circulates through coiled or wound  wire. An inductor is a component which produces a magnetic field, when a current is passed through it.

Examples  include relays, motors, solenoids, & transformers.

As a general rule, if an electrical load involves movement, it is classed as being an inductive load..

Inductive loads can cause ‘blowback’ and must be protected by diodes. Diodes allow the current to flow in one direction only.

Blowback is caused by a surge in voltage. This is caused when the magnetic field in the inductor collapses.

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