There are many differences between AC and DC motors. The most obvious difference is the type of current each motor turns into energy, alternating current in the case of AC motors, and direct current in the case of DC motors. AC motors are known for their increased power output and efficiency, while DC motors are prized for their speed control and output range. AC motors are available in single- or three-phase configurations, while DC motors are always single-phase.
In an AC motor, energy comes from magnetic fields generated through coils wrapped around the output shaft. AC motors consist of several parts, including a stator and rotor. AC motors are efficient, durable, quiet and flexible, making them a viable solution for many power generation needs.
The two types of AC motors include:
The energy used by a DC motor comes from batteries or another generated power source that offers constant voltage. DC motors are made up of several parts, the most notable of which include bearings, shafts and a gearbox or gears. DC motors offer better speed variation and control and produce more torque than AC motors.
The two types of DC motors include:
DC motors are used in a wide range of applications, including electric wheelchairs, handheld sprayers and pumps, coffee machines, off-road equipment and many more.
At Power Electric we maintain a global network of AC and DC motor manufacturers. This allows us to help you identify and source the ideal motor or gear motor for your unique application. To discuss your AC or DC motor needs, call our sales team at 763-383-6936 or fill out this form below.