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Nothing Exceeds Like Excess: Tektronix CT-5 Current Transformer Probe

When a 100 A current probe won’t do the job, another order of magnitude can make all the difference:

Tek CT-5 A6302 Current Probe - 500 W bulb

Tek CT-5 A6302 Current Probe – 500 W bulb

That’s a Tektronix CT-5 current transformer, rated for 1 kA between -3 dB points at 0.5 Hz and 20 MHz, with an A6302 20 A probe snapped around its 1000:1 output winding.

The eBay deal didn’t include the 015-0190-00 1000:1 bucking coil that lets you measure small AC signals against high DC current; if you happen to find one for considerably less than the $100 I was unwilling to pay, let me know. I doubt I’ll ever need it, but ya never know.

Lacking a calibrated current source with sufficient moxie to exercise the thing, I settled for a 500 W incandescent bulb: 514 W and 4.38 A rms, according to a Kill-A-Watt meter off to the left.

The 1000:1 output, seen through the A6302 probe at 2 mA/div = 2 A/div:

Tek CT-5 A6302 - 2 mA div 1000 ratio - 514 W 4.38 A

Tek CT-5 A6302 – 2 mA div 1000 ratio – 514 W 4.38 A

The 22.22 mVrms corresponds to 4.4 A = (22.22 / 10) * 0.002 * 1000.

Moving the probe to the 20:1 output at 100 mA/div = 2 A/div:

Tek CT-5 A6302 - 100 mA div 20 ratio - 514 W 4.38 A

Tek CT-5 A6302 – 100 mA div 20 ratio – 514 W 4.38 A

Again, the scope’s 21.67 mVrms works out to 4.3 A = (21.67 / 10) * 0.1 A * 20.

Close enough, methinks.

 

 

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