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An analysis of the half-wave voltage-doubling rectifier circuit is made with the main assumption that the tube drop is zero while conducting. The performance characteristics of the circuit as predicted by the analysis are presented together with experimental verifications of several of these characteristics. Operating conditions for which polarized electrolytic condensers may be used and the currents to be expected on short circuit are discussed. The performance characteristics calculated from the analysis are presented as curves suitable for use in the prediction of the performance of an assembled circuit, and in the design of this doubler to meet specified operating conditions. A comparison is made of the performance characteristics of the half-wave and full-wave voltage doublers.