Voltage Converters vs. Voltage Regulators: What’s the Difference?

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One of the most important elements of using electricity for power is the ability to get the appropriate amount of voltage to the item being powered. The standard voltage of a U.S. home electrical outlet is 120 volts (though it may be as low as 110 volts, depending on the case).1

As voltage can fluctuate and various devices require different voltage amounts to function, it’s important to make sure that the input of electricity to the item is constant and meets its specific voltage needs. That’s where voltage converters and voltage regulators come in.

Voltage Converters

Voltage Converters

A voltage converter is an electrical component that is:

  • Capable of changing the voltage from an input power source to the desired
  • Often used in conjunction with other parts in a power supply.
  • Also commonly sold for use with appliances when traveling, as power input may vary by geographic location or between sources.
    • For world travelers, these are often sold as “travel adapters.”

In most household applications, a power converter takes the voltage from a wall outlet and reduces it to the necessary voltage.

Example: Simran AC-5000

  • 5000 watt capacity with the ability to step up (increase) or step down (reduce) voltage
    • 110V/117V/120V to 220V/230V/240V or 220V/230V/240V
  • Input: 110V/120V or 220V/230V/240V
  • Output: 110V/120V or 220V/230V/240V
  • CE certified
  • Heavy-duty continuous use transformer

Voltage Regulators

Voltage Regulators

Unlike a voltage converter, which seeks to actually alter the voltage amount, a voltage regulator is a piece of equipment that is:

  • Used to maintain a constant level of voltage in a given circuit, regardless of changes to load conditions or input.
  • Found in two types: linear and switching.
    • Linear regulators are generally used to power devices that require little electricity or in situations where the input and output are roughly the same.
    • Switching regulators are much more efficient and can be used for more high-powered applications while maintaining a small size.

Often utilized in electronic and mechanical components like computer power supplies and car alternators to control and maintain the steady output of volts.

Regulators from 110220Volts

A voltage regulator works by comparing the output voltage to the desired reference voltage. Via a negative feedback control loop, the system is continuously able to adjust and correct any voltage errors as they occur.          

Voltage Converters and Regulators from 110220Volts

Whether you need to convert power for a specific appliance or simply keep the voltage steady, 110220volts.com has everything you need to give your electricity-consuming devices the necessary “juice.” Plus, 110220Volts offers great deals on other electronics, including telephones, stereo systems, video tape converters, multisystem TVs, code-free DVD recorders, and much more.

To learn more about our products or ask any specific questions you may have about voltage converters and regulators, contact one of our expert staff today at (800) 827-9978 or visit us in Glendale Heights!

Source

  1. https://www.reference.com/home-garden/standard-voltage-home-electrical-outlet-cafa76cd092e1ee8

2 thoughts on “Voltage Converters vs. Voltage Regulators: What’s the Difference?

  1. So voltage regulator same as power converter? Either one can be used? Like if I have 110 v TV 3000watt, can I used a 5000 watt voltage regulator? Appreciate your response

  2. Good day Gentlemen,
    I would like your Professional Opinion.
    I would need to run an 18000 BTU Air conditioner that operates on 220 VAC / 50 – 60 Hz.
    Unfortunately the Main Supply is 120 VAC / 60 Hz.

    Would I be able to use either a Suitable 10 KVA Voltage Converter or a 10 KVA Voltage Regulator for this purpose ?
    Would either one of them be preferable or can both of them meet the requirements ?
    Please advise ASAP.
    Thanking You.
    B. John.

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