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Watts to Amps Calculator

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Use this calculator to convert watts to amps. Choose from both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) flows.

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How to convert watts to amps

To convert watts (electrical power) to amps (electrical current) at a fixed voltage, you can use a variation of Watt's Law formula: Power = Current × Voltage (P = IV). By working backwards, we get the equation: amps = watts ÷ volts, which can be used to convert watts to amps.

amps = watts ÷ volts
Watts to Amps Diagram

How many watts make an amp?

Your conversion depends upon your voltage. At 120 volts, 1 amp is equal to 120 watts. At 240 volts, 1 amp is equal to 240 watts.

How many amps is 1500 watts?

If you have an electrical appliance using 1500 watts of power on a 120v circuit, you can use the equation Current (Amps) = Power (Watts) ÷ Voltage to calculate that the draw of the electrical appliance is 1500 / 120 = 12.5 amps.

Watts to amps at 120V (AC) chart

Watts: Amps (at 120V):
100 watts 0.83 amps
200 watts 1.67 amps
300 watts 2.5 amps
400 watts 3.33 amps
500 watts 4.17 amps
600 watts 5 amps
700 watts 5.83 amps
800 watts 6.67 amps
900 watts 7.5 amps
1000 watts 8.33 amps
1100 watts 9.17 amps
1200 watts 10 amps
1300 watts 10.83 amps
1400 watts 11.67 amps
1500 watts 12.5 amps
1600 watts 13.33 amps
1700 watts 14.17 amps
1800 watts 15 amps
1900 watts 15.83 amps
2000 watts 16.67 amps
2500 watts 20.83 amps
3000 watts 25 amps
Conversions are a guide and are rounded to 2 decimals.

Watts to amps at 240V (AC) chart

Watts: Amps (at 240V):
100 watts 0.42 amps
200 watts 0.83 amps
300 watts 1.25 amps
400 watts 1.67 amps
500 watts 2.08 amps
600 watts 2.5 amps
700 watts 2.92 amps
800 watts 3.33 amps
900 watts 3.75 amps
1000 watts 4.17 amps
1100 watts 4.58 amps
1200 watts 5 amps
1300 watts 5.42 amps
1400 watts 5.83 amps
1500 watts 6.25 amps
1600 watts 6.67 amps
1700 watts 7.08 amps
1800 watts 7.5 amps
1900 watts 7.92 amps
2000 watts 8.33 amps
2500 watts 10.42 amps
3000 watts 12.5 amps
Conversions are a guide and are rounded to 2 decimals.

Understanding watts, amps and volts

Amps are amperes, a unit which measures electrical current. It can be helpful to imagine electrical current as water in a hose. In this analogy, the quantity (volume) of water would be the amps.

Watts represent the amount of energy produced by the amps and volts working together. Multiplying amps (water volume) by volts (water pressure) gives you the wattage (the resulting power or energy). A water wheel would turn faster and longer, generating more energy if it uses increased water volume and higher water pressure; the same applies to the wattage if amps and volts are increased.

Volts are a unit to measure force. They measure the force required to make the electrical current (amps) flow. In the hose analogy, the volts would be the water pressure. North American homes typically use 120V for their electrical supply, whilst 230V is common across many other countries.

What is AC/DC?

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DC stands for direct current, when the current flows in one single direction. A flashlight with a battery uses a direct current.

AC stands for alternating current, when the current periodically changes direction. In Northern America and Western Japan, this usually happens 60 times per second, or 60Hz / hertz. In Europe, the UK, East Japan and most of Australia, South America, Africa and Asia, the current changes direction 50 times per second, which is 50Hz. Power supplied to homes and businesses uses AC supply.

Converting watts to amps - examples

To convert a watts power figure into current in amps, you use Watt’s Law formula and work backwards, dividing the wattage (power produced) by the voltage (V):

Current (I) = Power (P) ÷ Voltage (V)

So…

amps = watts ÷ volts

Example: 600 watts are being sent at 120 volts. What's the current?

Current = Power ÷ Voltage
Current = 600W ÷ 120V Current = 5A

And…

If you’re working with larger units, you need to remember that 1 kilowatt is equal to 1000 watts. The formula for Watt’s law stays the same, just as long as you express the wattage in watts (your sum will go wrong if you use ‘5W’ to mean ‘5KW’; you need to use 5000W instead).

Example: 2.4KW watts are being sent at 120 volts

Current = Power ÷ Voltage
Current = 2400W ÷ 120V
Current = 20A

Converting watts to amps is simple, really, but if you’re feeling short-circuited after all those numbers, just use our watts to amps calculator at the top of this page.

As part of our collection of energy calculators, we also have a lumens to watts calculator available.

Calculator created by Alastair Hazell

Content reviewed by Derek Bulled, Director of CDS Electrical and an approved electrician with over 30 years of experience.


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