What is the Difference Between Electronic and Electric?

Things related to the E-S Wiki
Post Reply
User avatar
LockH   100 GW

100 GW
Posts: 17467
Joined: Jul 09 2013 11:06pm
Location: Ummm.. Started out in Victoria BC Canada, then started to move around... Oh oh.

What is the Difference Between Electronic and Electric?

Post by LockH » Oct 11 2015 10:48am

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.

Tks :)
L
ES changed my life (for the waaaaay better).

Eff. June, 2014 Phoenix Ebike Promotions

(Current ride? High speed lawn chair.)
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=57408

Phoenix Ebike Promotions conversion kit (work in progress. More drink holders, etc etc)
viewtopic.php?f=15&t=60564

Joined yer local chapter of EA yet?
(Ebikers Anonymous - Where we're all miserable failures, but the parties are hilarious...)

User avatar
spinningmagnets   100 GW

100 GW
Posts: 10650
Joined: Dec 21 2007 10:27pm
Location: Ft Riley, NE Kansas

Re: What is the Difference Between Electronic and Electric?

Post by spinningmagnets » Oct 11 2015 11:31am

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?

User avatar
LockH   100 GW

100 GW
Posts: 17467
Joined: Jul 09 2013 11:06pm
Location: Ummm.. Started out in Victoria BC Canada, then started to move around... Oh oh.

Re: What is the Difference Between Electronic and Electric?

Post by LockH » Oct 11 2015 11:49am

Hehe... Ya. We tap about "electric bikes" when it seems we're more about "electronic bikes". Amusing.
ES changed my life (for the waaaaay better).

Eff. June, 2014 Phoenix Ebike Promotions

(Current ride? High speed lawn chair.)
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=57408

Phoenix Ebike Promotions conversion kit (work in progress. More drink holders, etc etc)
viewtopic.php?f=15&t=60564

Joined yer local chapter of EA yet?
(Ebikers Anonymous - Where we're all miserable failures, but the parties are hilarious...)

User avatar
spinningmagnets   100 GW

100 GW
Posts: 10650
Joined: Dec 21 2007 10:27pm
Location: Ft Riley, NE Kansas

Re: What is the Difference Between Electronic and Electric?

Post by spinningmagnets » Oct 12 2015 6:50am

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?...

User avatar
cal3thousand   1.21 GW

1.21 GW
Posts: 3550
Joined: Mar 26 2012 4:47pm
Location: California

Re: What is the Difference Between Electronic and Electric?

Post by cal3thousand » Oct 12 2015 6:34pm

To me, if there are logic devices within the electrical, then it is electronic.
Get a Cycle Analyst and a Multimeter, you're still a noob if you don't have at least one of each.

Planning on posting questions or buying anything on this site? Put up your country (at minimum) on your profile. This is a worldwide forum and we haven't reached clairvoyance.

User avatar
pgpete   100 µW

100 µW
Posts: 7
Joined: Mar 29 2016 2:28pm

Re: What is the Difference Between Electronic and Electric?

Post by pgpete » Aug 03 2016 9:13am

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. )
--
Stealth Franken-Fighter

User avatar
RLT   10 kW

10 kW
Posts: 680
Joined: Oct 02 2007 6:47pm
Location: Ruidoso, NM; USA
Contact:

Re: What is the Difference Between Electronic and Electric?

Post by RLT » Aug 03 2016 5:06pm

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..

Post Reply