## Advantage and Disadvantage of single-phase half-wave rectifier

### Advantage

Simple circuit and low cost

### Disadvantage

- The output current in the load contains, in addition to dc component, ac components of basic frequency equal to that of the input voltage frequency. Ripple factor is high and an elaborate filtering is, therefore, required to give steady dc output.
- The power output and, therefore, rectification efficiency is quite low. This is due to the fact that power is delivered only half the time.
- Transformer Utilization Factor (TUF) is low.
- DC saturation of transformer core resulting in magnetizing current and hysteresis losses and generation of harmonics.

This type of supply available from a half-wave rectifier is not satisfactory for general power supply. This type of supply can be satisfactory for some particular purposes such as battery charging.

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