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Comparison between autotransformer and soft starter

Jan 03, 2020

1、 Principle explanation

Compared with the auto coupling step-down start mode, soft start can realize smooth start, reduce the starting current, reduce the mechanical impact of large current on the motor when the motor starts, and the impact on the power grid, improve the power quality and save energy. Reduce the impact of the voltage drop on the other electrical appliances due to large current, , reduce wear and tear, extend the service life of motor, and save the maintenance cost of machinery.

Starting diagram of autotransformer:

ac motor controller

Soft starter of one pulling three

motor softstarter 

If more than one motor is in the same area, the soft start and multi-pull mode can be adopted. In this mode, each motor starts and stops independently. After starting one motor, another motor can be started in only one minute apart.

2. Cost accounting

Take three sets of motor 45Kw in one unit for an example. The costs only cover the main components.  

Autotransformer starting : Three autotransformer starting cabinets are needed, in each of which are 1 circuit breaker, 3 contactors and 1 auto transformers, so totally 3 circuit breakers, 9 contactors, 3 auto transformers and 3 cabinets.

The cost for each component:

Circuit breaker--17.2 usd/pc


Auto ransformer--193usd/pc


So the total cost is17.2 *3+40*9+193*3+28.5*3=1076.1 usd


Soft starter starting: one soft starter of one pulling three work with 4 circuit breakers, 6 contactors , 1 soft starter, 1 cabinet.

Circuit breaker--17.2 usd/pc


Soft starter--180usd/pc


So the total cost is17.2 *3+40*6+180+71.5=543.1 usd


 ac motor starter    soft starter

Autotransformer starting                Soft starter starting