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Wow! Inexpensive ferrites chokes!!!

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« on: May 15, 2019, 11:01:14 AM »

You may have bought some of these ferrite chokes, as I did, on eBay. Nice pricing, but do they work?

As noted in the photo, the "SPRINGS" attempt to push the ferrite halves together while the "TABS", which are supposed to hold the unit on the conductor, actually push the ferrite halves apart. When installed, any gap between the ferrite halves renders it useless as a choke. Even when installed loosely on the conductor, the springs don't always hold the ferrite halves together.

In the end, I removed all the plastic housings and secured the ferrite halves to the conductors with tightly wound electrical tape.

As to what ferrite material type is used, or how effective it is, I don't know. I only know that the plastic housing is junk and gapped ferrite cores aren't going to get the job done.

Anyway, I now have several dozen of these taped to phone, fire alarm, and other conductors (all of which form a virtual jungle-gym) inside my apartment building.

Do they work now? Well... maybe.


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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2019, 10:48:26 PM »

I had good luck using power supply AC filters picked up at surplus places. They had chokes and caps in the filter, were balanced, white, black, ground. I used these on phone lines & speaker cables to get myself out of the neighbors stuff. Bought for pennies and saved time because I did not need to build them.
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