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How to make your own Galvanic Isolator for under $20

Check out the DIY article at

http://www.yandina.com/galvanicIsolator.htm
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Re: How to make your own Galvanic Isolator for under $20

This one doesn't seem to be working anymore. Does anyone have a working link to a DIY isolator?
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Re: How to make your own Galvanic Isolator for under $20

Would this be what you're looking for?

Tried uploading from home. Still unable to upload. Wonder why. File is jpg, small in size and pixel (within spec). Too bad. I can email the circuit diagram in pdf or jpg if you want. just PM me your email.

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Re: How to make your own Galvanic Isolator for under $20

The Yandina page works for me.

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Re: How to make your own Galvanic Isolator for under $20

The Yandina page "works" but no longer contains any diagram for a DIY version as far as I can see. However, the second page of the Yandina isolator "manual" shows it very clearly:
www.yandina.com/acrobats/GalvOwnManual.pdf

Four diodes, inserted in the ground line of a 3-wire AC connection.

|---->--->----|
|----<---<----|

Two diodes in each string, the two strings connected head-to-tail, with the ground line split and now connected to each side (left/right) of the four diodes.

I'm assuming they are using 0.6v diodes and stacking them for a 1.2v total isolation in each direction. You'd need diodes rated for 150-200v to be safely used in 120v lines.
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Re: How to make your own Galvanic Isolator for under $20

Yandina states that a capacitor in the isolator is a controvertial subject and that they are "optional" in ABYC Standards. That is not the case, they are not optional.

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"Yandina states"
Acutally no, Yandina stated. past tense, some time ago. The ABYC standards do change from time to time, you'd have to compare the dates.
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Acutally no, Yandina stated. past tense, some time ago. The ABYC standards do change from time to time, you'd have to compare the dates.
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Re: How to make your own Galvanic Isolator for under $20

The current Yandina GI's do not meet the ABYC requirements for galvanic Isolators. I give Yandina credit for being HONEST with customers. This is more than I can say for many other companies such as Excel water heaters, who intentionally mislead customers....

To meet ABYC standards GI's must be of the "fail safe" type or have "idiot lights" that let you know the diodes and your SHIPS ground wire are still intact.

ProMariner, DEI Marine & Guest all make fail safe GI's...

Many, many, many GI's have blown over the years and left vessels without a safety ground.. This is BAD...!! Due to these failures the ABYC requirements changed and this is why they now must be either "Fail Safe" or have lights that let you know they are still operable. Fail Safe GI's will not fail with an open circuit. When or if they do fail they keep your ships ground intact. They are a lot more costly to produce but are much safer because they retain safety ground in the event of a failure rather than dropping the ground altogether......

As a boat owner you don't have to "comply" but how would you feel in a Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) or electrocution case if it were your boat that caused it....?
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Re: How to make your own Galvanic Isolator for under $20

poker, their last manual for the isolator is dated 2005.

Don't mistake anything on the internet as being up-to-date, dead pages, legacy pages, forgotten pages, endure until servers go unpaid and shut down. And then, the internet archives still keep them alive forever.

It would be nice if they could update everything or if every web page was dated, but AFAIK their description can't be assumed to be any more current than the last manual, making ABYC 2005 the target to compare it to. But that's OK too. Since ABYC, like many technical standards groups, chooses to make their standards too expensive for the average reader to ever see them, "hoisted on their own petard" comes to mind.

Failsafes, idiot lights...I still believe what Edison said, that that AC electricity stuff is going to just climb right out of the sockets and kill everyone in the room at night. We could be just as safe as the Romans were, with lead water pipes. Hmmmm.....
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