Can a 2N3055 transistor be operated at voltages under 60v ?

Can the minimum collector emiter sustaining voltage of a transistor be more than the power supply voltage or is that somthing else? For example can I run a transistor with a minimum collector emmiter sustaining voltage of 100 with a 12 volt power supply ?


The minimum Vce is not a lower limit. The transistor will work just fine, up to at least min Vce
lemonie7 years ago
It's not going to hurt it, I should think it'll work well enough.

Generally those are maximums, not minimums to worry about, agreed.

It might have a higher proportional voltage drop or esr, but it shouldnt hurt the silicon.