How To Select A Power Converter That Suits Your Needs

Power converters are electrical devices that are used to convert one form of electrical energy into another useful form. These conversions are classified into several types depending on the types of electrical energies you are converting. You may have AC, DC, Voltage or a frequency and want to convert these into one another. Ac can be converted into DC and vice versa. A simple power converted can be like an inverter or a transformer. Although certain advanced electric applications need complex power converters. Now, depending on your need and industry requirement, you may need a simple to a complex system of power conversion. You may need just a small device to provide a DC current for your charger and an adapter with a power converter in this case. Check below important tips to select a right power converter that suits your working needs.

Power converters are available in different price ranges and each price offers different quality. Never purchase cheap electrical appliances because they involve more risks. It is not allowed to play with electricity. When you need a power converted, make sure they are certified with some industries e.g. ETL so that you will not need to worry about their safety check. Each device which is not fraud is first tested by organizations before they launched in the markets.

Power converters have a specific limit of power that they handle. Check this limit before you are going to purchase it. For example: you want to convert 100amp AC current into 30 Amp DC. If you are getting a converter whose max limit it 60amp then you will damage the device as well as it will not provide any benefit. Choose a device that offer excellent working according to your daily needs. Whether it is a transformed, a DC converter or a voltage converter, check its capacity and load that how much it can handle. How much power it is capable of converting successfully.

The most important factor is the efficiency of a power converter. When an instrument converts one form of electrical energy into another, some energy is dissipated in the form of heat. This energy lost and the actual power converted determines the efficiency. Ration of energy converted to lost energy is equivalent to efficiency. You need to check whether a particular converter is capable of generating the amount of energy you require. Every power converter comes up with an efficiency graph and data which is available on the internet too. You can consult these documents before you go for getting a power converter.

Check out the data sheets for considering the safety mechanism involved with a power converter. Few appliances have inbuilt safety features and they are capable of providing safety for excessive heat and higher power load. But in few devices, these features are not added. Check for suitable mechanisms that are suggested by electronic departments to handle the devices in case of heavy loads.

All these factors are important to consider when buying a power converter. You should also consult power experts to recommend a right convert for you need, if you are not experienced in judging a device on the basis of above mentioned factors. Top of Form Bottom of Form

Coby McGibbons is the business operations consultant for Phase Change Converters. Phase Change Converters is the Australian designer and manufacturer of the Phase Changer range of advanced rotary phase converters and associated electrical products. To view our full product range and services, go to

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