Converter vs. Inverter

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Inverter

Converters and inverters are electrical devices that convert current. Converters convert the voltage of an electric device, usually alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC). On the other hand, inverters convert direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). See also AC vs DC

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What it is Electrical devices that convert the voltage from alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC). Electrical devices that convert the voltage from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC).
Types Analog-to-digital converter (ADC) Digital-to-analog converter (DAC) Digital-to-digital converter (DDC) Square wave inverter Quasi wave or Modified square wave inverter True/Pure Sine wave inverters
Applications Convert AC to DC; detect amplitude modulated radio signals; supply polarized voltage for welding. Convert DC electricity from solar panels, batteries or fuel cells to AC; micro-inverters for converting DC power from solar panels to AC for the electric grid; UPS uses inverter to supply AC power when main power is unavailable; induction heating.
Disadvantages Poor current overload capacity; better quality Automatic regulators are more expensive than Mechanical regulators. Not ideal for inductive AC and motor loads; sensitive electronic devices can be damaged by poor waveforms by low batteries.

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The basic difference between various types of converters or inverters is that they vary in their nature and the devices they support.

There are three types of inverters:

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Converters are used to convert AC power to DC power. Virtually all the electronic devices require converters. They are also used to detect amplitude modulated radio signals. They are also used to supply polarized voltage for welding. Converters can be used for DC-DC conversion. Here, inverter converts DC to AC, then a transformer is used to convert it back into DC.

Inverters are used to convert DC electricity from sources like solar panels, batteries or fuel cells to AC electricity. Micro-inverters are used to convert DC power from solar panels to AC for the electric grid. UPS or Uninterrupted power service uses inverter to supply AC power when main power is not available. It is also used for induction heating.

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Anonymous comments (3)

June 11, 2014, 9:17am

An inverter changes a DC voltage into an AC voltage or AC to DC and either increases or decreases it into the appropriate level.In comparison, a converter changes the voltage level but does not change its type; so an AC voltage would still be AC and a DC voltage would still be DC.

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July 16, 2012, 10:47pm

It seems that when comparing an inverter to something else, a more useful comparison would be to a power converter or rectifier, which is the reverse process. The converters mentioned here (ADC, DAC and digital to digital) are signal converters which don't generally have any appreciable power.

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January 31, 2013, 2:27pm

Transformers cannot convert AC to DC.
DC to DC converters do not usually use transformers as an intermediate step - they use transistors and PWM switching to "buck" or "boost" the voltage.

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