Watts to Amps Calculator
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Watts and amps conversions at 120V (AC)
Power | Current | Voltage |
---|---|---|
50 watts | 0.417 amps | 120 volts |
100 watts | 0.833 amps | 120 volts |
150 watts | 1.25 amps | 120 volts |
200 watts | 1.667 amps | 120 volts |
250 watts | 2.083 amps | 120 volts |
300 watts | 2.5 amps | 120 volts |
350 watts | 2.917 amps | 120 volts |
400 watts | 3.333 amps | 120 volts |
450 watts | 3.75 amps | 120 volts |
500 watts | 4.167 amps | 120 volts |
600 watts | 5 amps | 120 volts |
700 watts | 5.833 amps | 120 volts |
800 watts | 6.667 amps | 120 volts |
900 watts | 7.5 amps | 120 volts |
1000 watts | 8.333 amps | 120 volts |
1100 watts | 9.167 amps | 120 volts |
1200 watts | 10 amps | 120 volts |
1300 watts | 10.833 amps | 120 volts |
1400 watts | 11.667 amps | 120 volts |
1500 watts | 12.5 amps | 120 volts |
1600 watts | 13.333 amps | 120 volts |
1700 watts | 14.167 amps | 120 volts |
1800 watts | 15 amps | 120 volts |
1900 watts | 15.833 amps | 120 volts |
2000 watts | 16.667 amps | 120 volts |
2100 watts | 17.5 amps | 120 volts |
2200 watts | 18.333 amps | 120 volts |
2300 watts | 19.167 amps | 120 volts |
2400 watts | 20 amps | 120 volts |
2500 watts | 20.833 amps | 120 volts |
Note: conversions are for guide-purposes only and are rounded to maximum 3 decimal places. |
Watts and amps conversions at 12V (DC)
Power | Current | Voltage |
---|---|---|
5 watts | 0.417 amps | 12 volts |
10 watts | 0.833 amps | 12 volts |
15 watts | 1.25 amps | 12 volts |
20 watts | 1.667 amps | 12 volts |
25 watts | 2.083 amps | 12 volts |
30 watts | 2.5 amps | 12 volts |
35 watts | 2.917 amps | 12 volts |
40 watts | 3.333 amps | 12 volts |
45 watts | 3.75 amps | 12 volts |
50 watts | 4.167 amps | 12 volts |
60 watts | 5 amps | 12 volts |
70 watts | 5.833 amps | 12 volts |
80 watts | 6.667 amps | 12 volts |
90 watts | 7.5 amps | 12 volts |
100 watts | 8.333 amps | 12 volts |
110 watts | 9.167 amps | 12 volts |
120 watts | 10 amps | 12 volts |
130 watts | 10.833 amps | 12 volts |
140 watts | 11.667 amps | 12 volts |
150 watts | 12.5 amps | 12 volts |
160 watts | 13.333 amps | 12 volts |
170 watts | 14.167 amps | 12 volts |
180 watts | 15 amps | 12 volts |
190 watts | 15.833 amps | 12 volts |
200 watts | 16.667 amps | 12 volts |
210 watts | 17.5 amps | 12 volts |
220 watts | 18.333 amps | 12 volts |
230 watts | 19.167 amps | 12 volts |
240 watts | 20 amps | 12 volts |
250 watts | 20.833 amps | 12 volts |
Note: conversions are for guide-purposes only and are rounded to maximum 3 decimal places. |
Convert between watts and amps
If trying to convert amps, watts and volts has got you feeling wired, then settle down and plug in to our handy guide to discover what’s watt. You’re sure to have a lightbulb moment in no time!
- How do you convert watts to amps?
Formula for converting watts to amps (at a fixed voltage) is:
amps = watts ÷ volts - How do you convert amps to watts?
Formula for converting amps to watts (at a fixed voltage) is:
watts = amps x volts
Let's look at these conversions a little more closely.
Amps
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.
Volts
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.
Watts
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.
AC/DC
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.
How to convert amps to watts
The Watt’s Law formula is all that’s needed for these unit conversions. The wattage (power produced / P) is calculated by multiplying the amps (current / I) by the voltage (force / E):
Power (P) = Current (I) x Voltage (E)
So…
watts = amps × volts
Example: 5 amps are being sent at 120 volts. What’s the wattage?
Power = Current x Voltage
Power = 5A x 120V
Power = 600W
How to convert watts to amps
To find the amps, you work backwards with Watt’s Law and divide the wattage by the volts:
Current (I) = Power (P) ÷ Voltage (E)
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
It’s simple, really, but if you’re feeling short-circuited after all those numbers, just use our watts and amps conversion calculator above.
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