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Are there any dangers in handling transformers?

 I recently got a hold of a old arcade cabinet and I plan on gutting it. In the process I discovered that there was a big transformer present in the machine. Are there any dangers in removing the device? And if so how do i prevent myself from any harms?

Slowpoke4 years ago
As long as the power lead is disconnected from the mains there should be no risks other than its weight. These things are not like a microwave oven and they don't store a charge. It's the high voltage capacitor in a microwave oven that makes it potentially dangerous to disassemble.
Materials used in the fabrication of power transformers are usually non-toxic. So feel free to take it apart. Be aware of the picture tube (assumming there is one) - glass envelope under high vacuum. This is perhaps the most hazardous item in the entire arcade machine. Handle with care.
And the picture tube can hold a huge charge for quite a while.  It is basically a big capacitor the way it is built.
gmoon Re-design4 years ago
And there may be other HV capacitors in a power supply connected (through a rectifier) to the transformer. Those can be very dangerous, also...
Marsh4 years ago
 What do you mean by "Arcade Cabinet?" If you're talking about a video game, there are many hazards inside the box. There are capacitors that can hold a charge and shock you. The picture tube itself is like a big capacitor too.
Weight.

Steve
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