What is the Difference Between Electronic and Electric?

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What is the Difference Between Electronic and Electric?

Post by LockH » Oct 11, 2015 10:48 am

Seen here, for example:
http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-the-dif ... ectric.htm
there is a subtle difference between the correct usage of each word.
and "Electric has to do with the general concept of electricity."

and "... electronic is a term that is descriptive of devices that are powered by electricity."

Anyway... after using electricity all my life this question occurred to me in reading this instructables "12V-180kV: A Battery Powered Marx Generator (and introduction to electronics)"

... and until now zero mention of the "Marx Generator" on ES either, that I could find.

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Re: What is the Difference Between Electronic and Electric?

Post by spinningmagnets » Oct 11, 2015 11:31 am

I don't know the proper differences between electronic and electric, but as an outside observer, I would say that the common brushless ebike controller is stuffed full of electronic components, but a simple brushed controller could (in my mind) be comfortably called an electrical device. Perhaps it has to do with the processing of inputs and outputs using low voltage in a programmable chip?

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Re: What is the Difference Between Electronic and Electric?

Post by LockH » Oct 11, 2015 11:49 am

Hehe... Ya. We tap about "electric bikes" when it seems we're more about "electronic bikes". Amusing.
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Re: What is the Difference Between Electronic and Electric?

Post by spinningmagnets » Oct 12, 2015 6:50 am

This may be splitting hairs, but by my definition, the brushless ebike hub-motor is "electric", but the hall sensors are "electronic", and...the controllers are electronic devices, whether sensored or sensorless...

The battery is electric, but the BMS is electronic?...

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Re: What is the Difference Between Electronic and Electric?

Post by cal3thousand » Oct 12, 2015 6:34 pm

To me, if there are logic devices within the electrical, then it is electronic.
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Re: What is the Difference Between Electronic and Electric?

Post by pgpete » Aug 03, 2016 9:13 am

Electrical systems are about electric energy systems used to produce and distribute power output

Electronic systems are about electronics designed used to produce, process and distribute information.

Electrical systems use electronics . ( and vice versa. )
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Re: What is the Difference Between Electronic and Electric?

Post by RLT » Aug 03, 2016 5:06 pm

cal3thousand wrote:To me, if there are logic devices within the electrical, then it is electronic.
Yep. That is pretty much the way I always thought about it. If it uses old school vacuum tubes or semiconductors it is electronic.

If it is only wires, and/or any combination of mechanical switches , resistors capacitors and inductors, it is just electric..

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