Difference between inverter and converter

The converter has a lot of meaning but often times you can really understand what it really meant. For example in electronics, we have understood easily language that the voltage converter is a device which converts AC power to DC power. It changes the voltage of electrical power source and is usually combined with other components to create power supply while in the inverter is defined as an electrical device that converts direct current to alternating current, the converted AC can be at any required voltage and frequency with the use of appropriate transformers switching and control circuits.

The main difference between inverter and converter is given below:
  • The inverter is an electrical device that converts the voltage from direct current to alternating current while in Converter is an electrical device that converts the voltage from alternating current to direct current.
  • There are different types of inverter like square wave inverter, Quasi-wave or modified square wave inverter pure sine wave inverter wheres converter has three form analogue to digital, digital to analogue, digital to digital form.
  • Inverter is used to convert DC electricity from solar panels, batteries or fuel cells to AC; micro the inverter for converting DC power from solar panels to AC for the electric grid; UPS uses inverter to supply AC power when main power is unavailable, induction heating while converter convert AC to DC detect amplitude modulated radio signals, supply polarized voltage for welding.
  • One of the disadvantages of the inverter is that it is not ideal for inductive AC and motor load, sensitive electronic devices can be damaged by poor waveforms by low batteries but in convert has poor current overload capacity, better quality automatic regulators are more expensive than mechanical regulators. 
A key difference between Converter and Inverter:
  • Inverters are typically a lot more complex compared to the converters.
  • A converter is used in pretty much all application while the inverter is used in uninterruptible power supplies.
  • Inverter changes voltage as well as type, A converter changes the voltage but doesn't its type while an inverter changes voltage as well as type.