Inductors - Current Rating Vs Saturation Current


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What is the difference between Current Rating and Saturation Current?
This is in reference to Inductors

Current Rating is the maximum current the gauge of wire used in the inductor can handle at the rated temperature range.

Saturation Current is the point where the magnetic field no longer increases proportionally with an increase in current. The core has become ‘saturated’. Operating at or above the Saturation Current, temperature derating should be considered.