3rd October 2019

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What is difference between AC power and DC power?

In direct current (DC), the electric charge (current) only flows in one direction. Electric charge in alternating current (AC), on the other hand, changes direction periodically. The voltage in AC circuits also periodically reverses because the current changes direction.

Moreover, do batteries provide AC or DC current?

Because the electrons flow in one direction only, batteries produce direct current(DC). With Edison's direct current system, electricity was produced not by batteries but by a DC generator. The generator actually produced alternating current, which was then converted to direct current with a commutator.

Is home power AC or DC?

When you plug things into the outlet in your house, you don't get DC. Household outlets are AC - Alternating Current. Electric charge in alternating current (AC), on the other hand, changes direction periodically. The voltage in AC circuits also periodically reverses because the current changes direction.

Do cars run on AC or DC?

A long time ago cars used DC generators in their electrical systems, but today they use AC alternators almost exclusively. This may seem a bit strange to the casually informed observer because a generator can charge the battery directly, without need for rectifier diodes to convert AC to DC.
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