Which of these would be the best description of this text on a computer power supply: INPUT 100-120V ~
A) The power supply is auto switching
B) The input voltage is direct current
C) The power supply provides multiple voltage rails
D) The input voltage can range between 100 volts and 120 volts
E) The power supply outputs direct current
F) My biggest problem is finding the cord
The answer: D) The input voltage can range between 100 volts and 120 volts
The INPUT text is specifying the type of power that’s expected to be provided to the power supply, and in this case the input voltage is between 100 and 120 volts. The squiggly tilde (~) is the symbol for alternating current, or AC. AC is the common voltage type that we use in our standard wall power receptacles, and the power supply will output DC (direct current).
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