Q & A
What is a Soft Starter?
"A soft starter is a solid-state device that protects AC electric motors from damage caused by sudden influxes of power by limiting the large initial inrush of current associated with motor startup. They provide a gentle ramp up to full speed and are used only at startup." — element14 community
How Does a Soft Starter Work?
A soft starter works by regulating the amount of electrical current allowed to pass to your device. The result is a more gradual ramp to full RPM.
Is a Soft Starter Safe?
Safety is our top priority. When used as directed, our soft starters are extremely safe. Each product model undergoes extensive load and heat stress testing. The aluminum bodies of our products are individually tested and approved for proper ground continuity. Most of the core components we use are UL listed and meet the stringent non-burning requirements of UL 94 V-0.
Is my equipment compatible?
There are two types of electric motors that power almost all of the machinery in a workshop: induction motors and universal motors. Generally speaking, our soft starters are compatible with both, but are not recommended for applications with a high-inertia load such as air compressors.