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What are the difference between series and shunt regulators?

Latest Updated:04/01/2006

Question:

What are the major differences between series regulators and shunt regulators?

Answer:

The major difference is in how the regulator is connected with the load in order to control the output voltage.
A series regulator is connected in series with the load to stabilize the regulator's output voltage. A shunt regulator, on the other hand, is connected in parallel to the load to stabilize the device's output voltage.

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