Active PFC vs passive PFC | Difference between active PFC and passive PFC
This page compares active PFC vs passive PFC (Power Factor Corrector) and mentions difference between active PFC and passive PFC (Power Factor Corrector).
Power factor is the ratio of real power (in KW) to total power (in KVA). It can also be defined as cosine which represents phase angle between current and voltage waveforms. The power factor is associated with industrial equipments e.g. motors.
Power factor correctors are used to apply power factor correction. They are used to avoid current harmonics at the input which helps to minimize interference from other devices which are also powered from the same source.
• There are two types of power factor correctors (PFC) viz. active PFC and
• Active PFC uses passive components such as inductors and capacitors in order to correct poor power factors (PFs). It corrects PF to about 0.7 to 0.85 range.
• Active PFC uses active electronic circuitry such as MOSFETs, FETs, BJTs, IGBTs etc.
Following table summarizes difference between active PFC and passive PFC.
|Active PFC||Passive PFC|
|small and light components||Simple and rugged circuits|
|High power factor (about 0.99)||Low power|
|It complies with IEC61000-3-2||It can not correct nonlinear loads completely|
|Great flexibility and control||Bulky and heavy magnetics required|
|Good EMC characteristics||Not a source of EMC|
|Able to operate in universal input range||Not possible for universal input range|
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