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  • What is a DC to DC Converter Used for & How Does it Work?
    What is a DC to DC Converter Used for & How Does it Work?

    Looking to convert one DC voltage to another? This is actually more commonplace than you may realize - and it requires the use of a specialized DC-DC converter.

    Wait - what is a DC to DC converter? And what are they used for? How do they work? You have questions and we've got the answers. Today, we'll cover all this and a whole lot more. You'll learn everything there is to know about these converters - including the different types on the market, and how to choose one for your unique application. We'll even explain where you can find efficient, reliable DC-DC converters no matter the use-case.

    Let's get started with the first question at hand today...what is a DC to DC converter in the first place?

    What is a DC to DC Converter? 

    A DC to DC converter is an electronic device that converts direct current (DC) from one voltage level to another. They are also known as DC-DC converters or DC/DC converters.  These converters can be used to increase or decrease the voltage level. The most common type is the step-down converter, which takes a higher DC voltage and converts it to a lower one - but there are also step-up converters that do the reverse.

    There are multiple uses for DC to DC converters. They can be used in electronic devices like cell phones and laptops where different voltages are required for different components. For example, a laptop typically requires 19 volts to charge its battery but only 12 volts to run its display. A DC to DC converter steps down the 19 volts from the charger to 12 volts for the display. 

    We'll take a deeper look at the use cases for these converters later on. First, let's explain how these work.

    How Does a DC to DC Converter Work?

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  • Connecting Power Supplies in Series vs Parallel: Which Approach is Best?
    Connecting Power Supplies in Series vs Parallel: Which Approach is Best?

    There will undoubtedly come a situation where a single power supply isn't going to cut it for you. You'll need to connect multiple power supplies together to reach your desired power output. And when the time comes, you'll have two approaches you can take: connecting power supplies in parallel or connecting power supplies in series. Which of these approaches makes the most sense for you, though? That's what we're here to answer today.

    Bravo Electro is the premier ACDC power supply source in the industry. But we don't just have the products you need to get (and stay) up and running - we have the resources you need, too. We're here to demystify power supply and electric components so you can enjoy confidence and peace of mind in setting yours up. In this in-depth guide, you'll learn all about connecting power supplies together - we'll discuss the pros and cons of both the parallel and series connections, and help you make the right choice for your needs. By the end of this article, you'll know all there is to know about the power supply in series vs parallel debate.

    We've got quite a bit to cover today, and don't want to waste any more of your time. So, let's start by discussing the cases in which you may need to connect multiple power supplies together.

    Why Connect Power Supplies Together?

    There are a few reasons you might need to connect multiple power supplies together. The first, and most obvious reason, is that you need more power output than what a single power supply can provide. Sure, you can get a more powerful power supply in some cases - but this isn't always feasible.

    For example, let's say you're running

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  • What is the Difference Between UL Listed vs UL Recognized Power Supplies
    What is the Difference Between UL Listed vs UL Recognized Power Supplies

    There are a few different important certifications for power supplies these days. ETL, 80 PLUS, and of course, UL. You may know that UL - short for Underwriters' Laboratories - is a universally trusted source for testing and evaluating products for safety. But one thing you may not know is what the difference between UL listed vs UL recognized power supplies is. Fortunately, that's exactly what we're going to cover in this in-depth blog post.

    You'll learn why finding power supplies with the UL stamp of approval is so important in the first place. Then, we'll break down what UL listed and UL recognized mean, exactly. In doing so, we'll be able to compare and contrast them so you can gain clarity as to which one carries more weight - and which one you need for your unique needs. Then, we'll help you start your journey to finding UL-listed and UL-recognized power supplies online. Let's get started!

    Who is the UL?

    Before we can even get started talking about various ratings, we need to introduce the group we're talking about today. Underwriters' Laboratories (UL) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that has been around since 1894. They are dedicated to advancing public safety by helping to ensure that the products we use in our everyday lives meet their high standards for safety and quality.

    In order to do this, UL evaluates products - ranging from power supplies to electric vehicles - against their rigorous set of standards. If a product meets all the necessary requirements, it will receive a UL certification. This is what lets consumers know that a product is safe to use.

    Why Does it Matter if Power Supplies are UL Listed vs UL Recognized?

    First things first - does it really matter if your products have been evaluated by the UL? Why do you need to get power supplies that have been tested by this group? And, why does the difference in ratings matter?

    Well, for starters,

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  • Different Types of LED Drivers Explained: Constant Power vs Constant Current vs Constant Voltage Power Supplies
    Different Types of LED Drivers Explained: Constant Power vs Constant Current vs Constant Voltage Power Supplies

    Want to learn about the different types of LED drivers? You've come to the right place. In this in-depth article, we'll break down the unique intricacies between the three main types of LED drivers:

    • Constant current  LED drivers
    • Constant voltage LED drivers
    • Constant power LED drivers

    In the following paragraphs, you're going to learn which of these is best for you as we break down the use case for all three of these power supply styles. You'll also learn the purpose of LED drivers in general. And, towards the end, we'll point you in the right direction if you're on the hunt for efficient, reliable, and affordable power supplies - for any use. We've got a lot to cover, so let's dive in with the first question at hand. What are LED drivers in the first place, and why do you need one?

    What is an LED Driver & Why do I Need One?

    An LED driver is a power supply that regulates the voltage and current going to an LED. This is important because LEDs are very sensitive to too much or too little current and will burn out quickly if not given the proper amount of power. Drivers also protect your LEDs from things like power surges that can come through your electrical system.

    Drivers are available in many different shapes and sizes. Some look like big black boxes, while others are small enough to fit on a circuit board. You can also find drivers that are meant to be installed in wet or damp locations. This is especially important for unique applications like indoor growing. These types of facilities rely on LED grow lights - and the power sources must be capable of withstanding humidity. but, LED drivers aren't just used in horticulture. You'll find these in your home, commercial buildings, medical facilities - you name it.

    Most LEDs will come with a driver included, but there are also stand-alone drivers that can be used with any type or brand of LED. These are great for

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  • What Is House Power: AC or DC?
    What Is House Power: AC or DC?

    What is house power: AC or DC? This is a common question people have as they make adjustments to their home, build a new home, or are simply hit with curiosity as it pertains to power supply sources in general. And, the answer is not as easy to find online as you may think - which is why we're going to explain what type of power is typical houses: AC or DC.

    To answer your question straight away, most houses in the US use alternating current (AC) power supplies. We'll explain why that is, and what you can do to determine exactly what type of power supply is in your home.

    Then, we'll quickly talk about if it's possible to switch your house power current from AC to DC - and if so, how to do it. We'll then explain where you can find power supplies for your home or business - regardless of if you need AC or DC power - at Bravo Electro. Let's not waste any more time - what is house power, AC or DC?

    What Is House Power: AC or DC?

    What is house power: AC or DC?

    The answer depends on where you live. In the United States, most houses have alternating current (AC). Homes in Europe typically have direct current (DC). It's important to note that this is just in general, and may not apply to homes that have been custom-built on their own grid.

    The main difference between AC and DC electricity is the direction of flow. With alternating current, electrons flow in one direction for a set period of time, then switch and flow in the other direction. This back-and-forth movement causes a change in voltage. Direct current always flows in the same direction. The voltage also

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  • What Is A Medical Power Supply?
    What Is A Medical Power Supply?

    The medical industry has little room for error - people's lives are on the line, after all. These facilities use powerful machinery and equipment to keep people alive and perform important procedures. Thus, the power supplies used are held to the strictest standards.

    Today, we'll address a question we commonly get: what is a medical power supply? And, why are these power supplies held to different standards than typical industrial power supplies? Along with these two questions, we'll address key differences between medical power supplies and other styles. You'll learn all about the different types of power supplies used in the medical industry, too. Of course, we'll also touch on the latest medical safety standards (60601).

    Towards the end of this in-depth article, we'll explain what you need to keep in mind when shopping for power supplies for medical facilities - or even at-home medical equipment. You'll also learn why Bravo Electro is the #1 source for all your power supply needs - including these medical power supplies. We've got a lot to cover, and don't want to waste any more time. Let's get right into the topic at hand!

    What Is A Medical Power Supply?

    Let's get the main question you came here with today out of the way early: what is a medical power supply?  A medical power supply is a device that provides electrical energy to another device or an appliance. Power supplies are found in a variety of devices, including computers, phones, and - you guessed it - medical equipment.

    This definition might not seem all that different from what you'd find in an industrial setting. And, in some ways, you'd be right! After all, both types of settings need electrical energy to perform properly. However, there are several key differences between these two types

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  • What Is A Modular Power Supply? Everything You Need To Know
    What Is A Modular Power Supply? Everything You Need To Know

    Wondering what a modular power supply is, and how they differ from their non-modular counterparts? You've come to the right place. Here at Bravo Electro, we're the experts in all things power supply. We're going to break it down in laymans terms to help you gain an in-depth understanding of how this style varies from others and when you may need one. In this article, we're going to explain everything there is to know about modular power supplies. We'll start by answering the question "what is a modular power supply?" in simple terms that anyone can understand.

    Then, we'll talk about why modular power supplies are essential, and explain the different situations where they're necessary. Finally, we'll discuss the pros and cons of modular power supplies, and help you pick the right one for your needs. At the very end, we'll recommend the #1 place you can find all your modular power supply essentials - so stick around for that! Let's get started with the main question you came here with today:

    What Is A Modular Power Supply?

    A modular power supply is a type of unit that gets its name from the fact that it has several removable cables. The "modules" in question are the various parts of the PSU that can be added or removed as needed. This flexibility is one of the main advantages of modular PSUs since you're able to add or remove cables based on your needs - which we'll talk about more later.

    Now that we've answered the question "what is a modular power supply?" let's move on to explaining why they're essential, and some of the situations where you may need one.

    What Is A Modular Power Supply Used For?

    As we briefly touched on before, modularity is one of the key advantages of this style over non-modular PSUs. When you're not using all

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  • The Complete Guide to Trouble Shooting Power Supplies
    The Complete Guide to Trouble Shooting Power Supplies

    Want to learn how to check power supply sources? You've come to the right place. In this complete guide, we're going to teach you everything you need to know.

    Did you know that one of the most important things you can do to keep your business running smoothly is trouble shooting power supplies? It's true! Power supplies are essential for powering everything from computers to machinery. If something goes wrong with your power supply, it can cause all sorts of problems - and potentially shut down your business.

    In this guide, we'll teach you all about troubleshooting power supplies. We'll explain what it is, how to do it, and what to look for when you're troubleshooting. Stay safe and stay powered up! First things first - what exactly does it mean to troubleshoot your power supply?

    What Is Trouble Shooting Power Supplies?

    Trouble shooting power supplies simply refers to the process of checking your power supply sources for any potential problems. This is important because if there is a problem with your power supply, it can cause all sorts of issues - from minor inconveniences to complete shutdowns. What does power supply troubleshooting entail?  Depending on the size and complexity of your business, troubleshooting power supplies can be a simple or complex process.

    At its most basic, troubleshooting power supplies involves checking all of the cords and connections to your power supply sources. This includes making sure that all of the cords are plugged in properly and that there are no loose connections. Additionally, you'll want to check for any signs of damage - such as frayed wires or cracked plugs. If you notice any damage, it's important to replace the damaged component immediately.

    In some cases, troubleshooting

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