Transformer Voltage Ratio

The voltage of the windings in a transformer is directly proportional to the number of turns on the coils. This relationship is expressed in below Equation.

Transformer Voltage Ratio


VP = voltage on primary coil

VS = voltage on secondary coil

NP = number of turns on the primary coil

NS = number of turns on the secondary coil

The ratio of primary voltage to secondary voltage is known as the voltage ratio (VR). As mentioned previously, the ratio of primary turns of wire to secondary turns of wire is known as the turns ratio (TR). By substituting into the above Equation, we find that the voltage ratio is equal to the turns ratio.

VR  =  TR

A voltage ratio of 1:5 means that for each volt on the primary, there will be 5 volts on the secondary. If the secondary voltage of a transformer is greater than the primary voltage, the transformer is referred to as a “step-up” transformer. A ratio of 5:1 means that for every 5 volts on the primary, there will only be 1 volt on the secondary. When secondary voltage is less than primary voltage, the transformer is referred to as a “step-down” transformer.

Example 1:

A transformer reduces voltage from 120 volts in the primary to 6 volts in the secondary. If the primary winding has 300 turns and the secondary has 15 turns, find the voltage and turns ratio.

Transformer voltage and turns ratio


VR = Vp/Vs

VR = 120/60

VR =  20 : 1

TR = Np/Ns

TR = 300/15

TR =  20 : 1

Example 2:

An iron core transformer with a primary voltage of 240 volts has 250 turns in the primary and 50 turns in the secondary. Find the secondary voltage.


Transformer Voltage Ratio

Solve for Vs

Vs  = (Ns/Np) Vp

Vs  = (50/250) 240

Vs  = 48 volts

Example 3:

A power transformer has a turns ratio of 1:4. If the secondary coil has 5000 turns and secondary voltage is 60 volts, find the voltage ratio, VP , and NP.



VR = 1 : 4

VP / VS = VR = 1 : 4 = 1/4

VP = (1/4) VS

VP = 60/4

VP = 15 volts

TR = NP / NS

TR = 1 / 4

NP = (1/4) NS

NP = 5000/4

NP = 1250 turns

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