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Jameco Challenge: What the Heck Is It?

Can you identify this ancient Artifact?



What is it?

Photo credit: Edison Tech Center


The object below may look like an ancient artifact from a civilization from long ago, but it is actually the first patented transformer, which was built in 1885 by William Stanley.

Transformers adjust AC voltage levels, making it possible to transmit and distribute electricity to great distances. It is widely considered to be among the most fundamental electrical components in the world today.

To learn more about transformers, check out our Electronics Fundamentals lesson.