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AC and DC current: Fundamental differences and a simple explanation

Through daily experience with common household equipment, many people should have noticed the terms AC and DC voltage and / or current; for example on a car battery which outputs 12V DC voltage or a household lighting lamp which needs 230V AC voltage. Yet only very few people can actually realize even that there are differences between AC and DC current, let alone understand the differences themselves. The purpose of this article is to explain the main characteristics and highlight the differences of AC and DC current, in terms understandable by people with very low or without technical expertise, along with providing some encyclopedic knowledge on the subject.

Through daily experience with common household equipment, many people should have noticed the terms AC and DC voltage and / or current; for example on a car battery which outputs 12V DC voltage or a household lighting lamp which needs 230V AC voltage. Yet only very few people can actually realize even that there are differences between AC and DC current, let alone understand the differences themselves. The purpose of this article is to explain the main characteristics and highlight the differences of AC and DC current, in terms understandable by people with very low or without technical expertise, along with providing some encyclopedic knowledge on the subject.

 

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