I hope this is an entertaining n00b question, have searched a little bit around but couldn’t find an “explain like I am 5” answer. I have a couple of these “push/pull” style solenoids;
They spec as needing 12-24 volts, and that lower voltages may make the action weak/slow. I have played with this and yeah; at 12v they are weak and sometimes slow (putting my finger on the shaft I can prevent it from fulling extending) but at 24v they are snappy and strong as heck. Sorry for using the words “shaft” and “extending” in the same sentence…
Question is: if I choose to under-power a solenoid and it can’t push or pull it’s full distance, is that bad, will it burn out the coil quicker over time or put some kind of strain on the circuit powering it? I’m assuming yes and that you always want your solenoids powered enough (and powerful enough) to fully push/pull their full designed distance. Am I right or “is it complicated”?