# What is DC electricity?

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## What is DC electricity used for?

Uses. Direct current is used in any electronic device with a battery for a power source. It is also used to charge batteries, so rechargeable devices like laptops and cell phones come with an AC adapter that converts alternating current to direct current.

## Is DC current used in homes?

Direct current is not used at home because for the same value of the voltage, DC is more lethal than AC since direct current does not go through zero. Electrolytic corrosion is more an issue with direct current.

## What appliances use DC current?

For instance, several electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets, computers, television sets, audio systems, and even LED lighting all work on DC. And let’s not forget the electric car, bike and motorcycle.

## Which is better AC or DC?

Alternating current is cheaper to generate and has fewer energy losses than direct current when transmitting electricity over long distances. Although for very long distances (more than 1000 km), direct current can often be better.

## Why do we use AC instead of DC?

Simply put, AC voltage is capable of converting voltage levels with just a transformer, making it far easier to transport across great distance than DC, whose conversion requires more complex electronic circuitry. Electric charge in AC periodically changes direction, causing the voltage level to reverse.

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## What are three main differences between AC and DC?

A video comparing Alternating Current and Direct Current

Alternating Current Direct Current
AC is safe to transfer longer distance even between two cities, and maintain the electric power. DC cannot travel for a very long distance. It loses electric power.

## Is 240 volts AC or DC?

48-volt is a bit less common but is still widely applied in today’s DC voltage applications. On the other hand, in AC applications (the electricity supplied by the power company), 120-volt is the standard in U.S. and North America, while 240-volt is the standard for almost the rest of the world.

## How do you know if something is AC or DC?

One way to determine if you have an AC-DC power supply or a DC-DC model is to look at the device itself. Often, the input and output information will appear somewhere on the surface. If the input is AC, you have an AC-DC power supply, and you have a DC-DC model if the input and output both are DC.