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Have any of you ever tried to use a step up transformer in a boat?Seems to make a lot of sense to me.
 

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Have any of you ever tried to use a step up transformer in a boat?Seems to make a lot of sense to me.
What would you use it for?
 

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It is also called a buck boost transformer. It takes a lower AC voltage and boosts it to a higher AC voltage. The downfall of that is that just like anything else electrical, you have to give up something. In the case of buck boost transformers you lose amperage.
 

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From what I've been studing in school, a stepup isn't going to do anything productive. They don't increase amps, only voltage.
 

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From what I've been studing in school, a stepup isn't going to do anything productive. They don't increase amps, only voltage.
Plus you have the efficiency to look at. About a 10% loss for the transformer. Magnetic ballasts are a form of step-up/step-down transformer. Put a volt meter and an amp on the wires to the bulb of a hps light and you can watch the voltage go up and amps go down as the bulb warms up.
 
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