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What is an inductive load?

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An inductive load pulls a large amount of current when first energized, then settles down to a full-load running current after a few seconds or cycles. When switched, inductive loads can cause excessive voltages. Some examples of inductive loads include transformers, motors and wound control gear.

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In addition to inductive loads, there are resistance and capacitive loads. Resistance loads consume electrical energy in a sinusoidal manner. Examples of resistance loads include electrical heaters and incandescent lighting. Capacitive loads are AC electrical loads where the current wave reaches peak before voltage. The flash of a camera is an example of a capacitive load.

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