Inductor is an electrical component that stores energy in magnetic field.

The inductor is made of a coil of conducting wire.

In an electrical circuit schematics, the inductor marked with the letter L.

The inductance is measured in units of Henry [L].

Inductor reduce current in AC circuits and short circuit in DC circuits.


Inductor picture


Inductor symbols

Iron core inductor
Variable inductor


Inductors in series

For several inductors in series the total equivalent inductance is:

LTotal = L1+L2+L3+...


Inductors in parallel

For several inductors in parallel the total equivalent inductance is:


Inductor's voltage


Inductor's current


Energy of inductor


AC circuits

Inductor's reactance

XL = ωL

Inductor's impedance

Cartesian form:

ZL = jXL = jωL

Polar form:

ZL = XL∠90º


See also

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