# Aren't UBEC's just packaged voltage regulators?

I'm working on a project where non-trivial currents (theoretical peak ~6A) are needed at several different voltages. Since this is battery-powered, I initially started looking at finding an appropriate switching voltage regulator. After looking into a couple different ICs, I found that the prices (including all of the additional components) were coming out around $15 to$20.

I then stumbled on BECs, which are widely used in the R/C market and seem to effectively be pre-packaged voltage regulators (i.e. including all of the additional components). Here's an example.

Although I'm not clear on what the name means (it stands for "battery elimination circuit"), it seems that a BEC would serve my purposes at a slightly lower cost and with a lot less work than creating the circuitry from scratch.

Is there any reason why a BEC wouldn't be a viable option for voltage regulation in a non-R/C application?

• "[our BEC] is an advanced switching DC-DC regulator..." It's just a switching regulator. If the specs indicate it is compatible with your application, it will work. I wouldn't expect great regulation or low ripple out of a cheap, high current DC/DC like this, but perhaps you don't require it. – HikeOnPast Nov 16 '12 at 16:33
• What does BEC stand for? – Brian Carlton Nov 16 '12 at 17:29
• Battery elimination circuit – Computerish Nov 16 '12 at 19:09