App note: Working voltage ratings applied to inductors

Coilcraft’s application note about why there are no voltage ratings specified on inductors. Link here (PDF)

Voltage ratings are often specified for many electronic components, including capacitors, resistors and integrated circuits, but rarely for inductors. This article addresses the reasons why working voltage ratings are not typically published for inductors.

There are challenges to determine voltage ratings for inductors, either by testing or calculation. Inductors do not support dc or low frequency working voltages unless the inductance is high (typically >1 mH). Testing to verify working voltage can be difficult and should be application dependent. The various ways inductors are made, and the stresses of processes like wire bending, make calculating a theoretical voltage rating infeasible.

This article presents these issues to make it easier to choose an inductor most appropriate for the specific application.

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