What is a Bridge Rectifier?
A bridge rectifier is an arrangement of four or more diodes in a bridge circuit configuration which provides the same output polarity for either input polarity. It is used for converting an alternating current (AC) input into a direct current (DC) output. A bridge rectifier provides full-wave rectification from a two-wire AC input, therefore resulting in lower weight and cost when compared to a rectifier with a 3-wire input from a transformer with a center-tapped secondary winding.
Types of Bridge Rectifiers
There are many different kinds of bridge rectifiers and at Future Electronics we stock many of the most common types categorized by maximum average rectified current, maximum reverse voltage, maximum peak current, forward voltage, packaging type and maximum reverse current. The parametric filters on our website can help refine your search results depending on the required specifications.
The most common sizes for maximum average rectified current are 1A, 1.5 A, 4 A, 25 A and 35 A. We also carry bridge rectifiers with maximum average rectified current as high as 1000 A. Forward voltage can range from 450 mV to 1.1 kV, with the most common bridge rectifier semiconductor chips having a forward voltage of 1.1 V or 1 V.
Bridge Rectifiers from Future Electronics
Future Electronics has a full selection of bridge rectifier chips from several manufacturers that can be used to design a full wave bridge rectifier circuit, half wave rectifier or any other type of circuits that may require a bridge rectifier. Simply choose from the bridge rectifier technical attributes below and your search results will quickly be narrowed to match your specific bridge rectifier application needs.
If you have a preferred brand, we deal with several manufacturers such as Central Semiconductor, Diodes Inc., Fairchild, IXYS, Micro Commercial Comp or Vishay, among other manufacturers. You can easily refine your bridge rectifier product search results by clicking your preferred bridge rectifier brand below from our list of manufacturers.
Applications for Bridge Rectifiers:
The primary application of bridge rectifiers is to transform an AC supply into DC power. All electronic devices require direct current, so bridge rectifiers are used inside the power supplies of almost all electronic equipment. Bridge rectifiers are also used for detecting the amplitude of modulated radio signals. The signal may be amplified before it is detected. If it is not, then a very low voltage drop diode or a diode biased with a fixed voltage must be used. Rectifiers are also used to supply polarized voltage for welding applications. Control of the output current is required in such circuits, and this may be achieved by replacing some of the diodes in a bridge rectifier with thyristors, which are diodes whose voltage output can be regulated by switching on and off with phase fired controllers.
Choosing the Right Bridge Rectifier:
When you are looking for the right bridge rectifiers, with the FutureElectronics.com parametric search, you can filter the results by various attributes: by Maximum Average Rectified Current (0.15 A, 1A, 1.5A, 25 A, 35 A,…), Maximum Peak Current (12 A, 50 A, 200 A, 300 A,…) and Forward Voltage (450 mV to 1.1 kV) to name a few. You will be able to find the right semiconductor chip from several manufacturers that can be used to design a half wave rectifier, full wave bridge rectifier circuit or any other circuits requiring a bridge rectifier.
Bridge Rectifiers in Production Ready Packaging or R&D Quantities
If the quantity of bridge rectifiers required is less than a full reel, we offer customers many of our programmable bridge rectifier products in tube, tray or individual quantities that will avoid unneeded surplus.
In addition, Future Electronics offers clients a unique bonded inventory program that is designed to eliminate potential problems that may arise from an unpredictable supply of products containing raw metals and products with erratic or long lead times. Talk with your nearest Future Electronics branch and find out more on how you and your company can avoid possible shortages.