Monthly Archives: October 2022

  1. What AC-DC Adapter do I Need?

    Are you on the hunt for the right AC adapter? You’ve come to the right place - in this blog post, we’re going to take a look at the key considerations you should make to help you find the right one.

    Look around you wherever you are and you cannot miss how we’re surrounded by electrical and electronic gadgets. From our mobile devices and laptops to televisions, microwaves, dishwashers, and more - electronics have become an inseparable part of our lives. It is almost impossible to go a day without using an electronic device. Many of these devices require an AC adapter to power them.

    And whether you’re buying an AC/DC adapter for the first time or you’re looking to replace a faulty adapter, you’re probably wondering…what AC Adapter do I need? The answer will depend on your device’s specs. We’ll cover all the important details to consider when replacing AC adapters below, But first, what are these adapters and why would you need one?

    What is an AC Adapter - and Why Would I Need One?

    First things first - what is an AC adapter? Simply put, this is an external power supply that helps you convert AC power to DC power. Thus, this is a type of AC/DC converter.

    Why do you need an AC/DC adapter, though? Maybe the power coming from the mains is not the type that your device needs to work. The mains produces a general-purpose alternating current (AC) electricity power supply while your device needs direct current (DC). 

    Luckily, it is possible to

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  2. Open Frame vs Enclosed Power Supply: What’s the Difference & Which Do I Need?

    Your application needs the correct supply of voltage, current, and frequency to work. However, electrical energy from the source may not have these in the appropriate proportions. This is where power supply comes in. A power supply is a device that converts the source energy into usable power needed to power your end equipment. It supplies AC-DC power to your application and can either be a separate device or come preinstalled in the electrical load.

    Power supplies are essential because, by regulating the input energy, they also prevent its attendant current and voltage surges from reaching the electrical load. This goes a long way in mitigating electrical hazards and faults in the end device. They can also store energy to temporarily power the electrical load in case of an emergency power outage.

    There are different classifications of power supplies. However, on the basis of frame format, they are of two types: open frame and enclosed power supply. Through our open frame vs closed frame power supply comparison, this article will break down these two types of power supply and their differences. You will also learn how to pick the right type for your application.

    What is an Open Frame Power Supply?

    Open frame power supplies, as their name implies, are power supplies that feature open casing. They do not come with protective housing to cover the internal components. Essentially, an open frame power supply has a populated PCB without any covering.

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