What Are Some Advantages of a Full-Wave Bridge Rectifier?

A full-wave bridge rectifier is twice as efficient of a half-wave rectifier, it has a higher output power and higher output voltage, the transformer utilization factor is higher than in a single-tap rectifier and the core will have no problems due to DC saturation. The full-wave bridge rectifier is getting more popular due to these advantages over half-wave and center-tap rectifiers.

A bridge rectifier transforms alternating current into direct current using an arrangement of diodes. A full-wave bridge rectifier uses four specifically placed diodes that are connected to a closed loop which produces the desired output. The full-wave bridge rectifier is very efficient and has a large voltage and power output.