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What are the difference between series and shunt regulators?

Latest Updated:04/01/2006


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


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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