Updated December 11, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best AC to DC Power Converters

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This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in November of 2018. Many modern portable devices are driven by DC power, but the juice that comes out of your wall socket is AC. So you will need one of these converters to ensure that gadgets without the requisite built-in electronics, such as your handheld car vacuum or mini RV refrigerator, don't explode when you plug them into a mains source. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best ac to dc power converter on Amazon.

10. Jianyi Driver

9. Sout Socket

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8. Progressive Dynamics Inteli-Power

7. Samlex SEC-1235M

6. TekPower TP50SW

5. Pro-Elec Battery Eliminator

4. VacPlus Adapter

3. Belker Universal

2. TekPower TP30SWII

1. Roypow C180

Editor's Notes

December 06, 2018:

Generally speaking, only large appliances operate directly on AC power, so if you want to use your DC-driven gadgets on wall electricity, you'll need the right converter. If all you're doing is re-purposing, say, a car-oriented vacuum, fridge, or seat warmer, the Roypower is almost impossible to beat. Ham radio enthusiasts and anyone who frequently uses very sensitive electronics should consider either TekPower, or the Samlex. We located one of the more effective outdoor and high-humidity models in the Jianyi, and the Progressive Dynamics model is an incredibly powerful unit designed for installation in RVs, motor homes, and mobile trailers.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on December 11, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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