I don't understand which form of power, reactive or real, should be dominant in a maximally efficient DC-DC boost converter.
As the circuit charges the inductor, the current and voltage will be out of phase. This seems like a textbook example of reactive power: the load, an inductor, is almost purely reactive and there's a phase shift between current and voltage (the equation for reactive power clearly shows a phase angle, φ, closer to π/2 would make the power more reactive: Q = |S|sin(φ) ). Intuitively, this seems like a good thing - you don't want real power being dissipated in the inductor and producing waste heat.
This seems to conflict with the definitions of real vs reactive power!
According to wikipedia's entry for "AC power", real power is that which results in the net transfer of energy in one direction (eg. into the load), and reactive power is power which results in no net transfer of energy between source and load because the energy is passed back and forth between them. With an ideal DC-DC converter, however, no energy will be passed back from the inductor to the charging circuit because the energy will instead be sent to the converter's output. This completely goes against the definition of reactive power as having a net zero energy transfer.
How can the two ways of analyzing the converter's power be reconciled?