What Is the Formula to Convert AC to DC?

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The formula for converting AC voltage to DC is: AC = DC/0.636. The same formula may be used to convert DC voltage into AC voltage.

AC is short for alternating current and describes an electrical charge that changes direction periodically. AC has a longer range than DC, so it is typically used to connect generated electricity from power plants to homes and businesses.

DC is short for direct current and describes a constant current in one direction. DC is commonly used in most household electronics. Anything that uses batteries, a USB cable or an AC adapter is powered by DC.