"An inductor is like a capacitor in that it stores energy--in this case, the inductor stores the energy in the form of the magnetic field"
"Well an inductor is like a capacitor. They both store electrical energy. The capacitor stores its energy in an electric field, whereas an inductor stores its energy in a magnetic filed."
"OK try thinking about it this way - a clutch on a car slips the speed to the wheels but if the wheels were directly connected to the engine and the clutch was somewhere else how would that work properly. The inductor is like a clutch - it eases the voltage onto the output capacitor without big jerks and the possibility of stalling the engine (equiv to a short circuit.)"
"At high frequencies the inductor is like an open circuit, and all
the voltage shows up across the inductor."
"Charging" an inductor is like a bunch of uranium decaying.
"In a mechanical analogy, an inductor is like a flywheel which stores energy, while a transformer is like a gearbox which trades speed for torque."
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