The unit of measurement and SI unit for power, named after James Watt. It is equivalent to energy flow per second or Joules/Second. In electrical terms \$ W = IR = I^2 * R = V^2/R \$

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Using (AVR) auto voltage regulator safely [on hold]

May I know if I can safely use my auto voltage regulator rated at 220 volts ac 500 watts to run an electric stove rated at 100 volts ac 650 watts?
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How does one measure the power factor?

How does one measure the power factor? $$\text{power factor}\equiv\frac{\text{power}}{|V||I|}=\frac{R}{\sqrt{R^2+(1/\omega^2C^2)}}$$ for an RC circuit driven with \$V(t)=V_0\cos{(\omega t)}\$.
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Metal Halide Bulb with Instant On?

Is it possible to produce/obtain a metal halide (MH) bulb with the possibility to turn it off and on instantly - again and again? Most MH products require 30+ minutes to restrike.. Why is this? ...
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Ribbon Cable Wattage

What is the maximum wattage (and maximum recommended wattage) for a single ribbon cable wire. I believe the wire size is 28 AWG (maybe 26, but let's call it 28 to be safe), stranded copper. The ...
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Computing Power Requirement For Solar Setup

In relation to this question: Solar power wattage requirement I'm trying to get to the math of understanding my wattage for my plan solar-setup. I would like anyone here who knew can correct me on my ...
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How Much Heat will a 1800 Watt Bulb Produce?

I plan on placing a Metal Halide 1800 watt bulb 20 inches in front of me (not exactly in front but over my head) - will this produce more heat than I can handle? Someone said the question was vague ...
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Are \$\frac{1}{4}\$watt 4x\$\Omega\$ Resistor and \$\frac{1}{2}\$watt x\$\Omega\$ Resistor equivalent?

We know Ohm`s law: $$\Omega = \frac{V}{I}$$ $$W=\frac{A}{t} \space\space\space\space\space\space V = \frac{A}{q} \space\space\space\space\space\space I = \frac{q}{t} \space\space\space ...
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How to turn a switch on/off repeatedly in 1 minute intervals?

I have a light bulb plugged into an outlet and I need to be able to turn it on and off again and again in 1 minute intervals for a period of 10 hours per day (a total of around 600 on/off events per ...
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Calculating Appliance Power Usage from Deep Cycle Battery

I want to figure out a formula for calculating appliance usage from a deep cycle battery and 120v power inverter. I own and operate a hot dog cart. I wish to add an electric grill/griddle to the cart ...
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How to Generate Light in the 10,000K Spectrum?

I need to generate a lot of light with the same spectrum as the sun - 10,000 Kelvin (10000K). I have searched around for hours, however all full spectrum lights available are either 5500K or 6500K - ...
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How to Convert 20,000 Lumens to Lux?

I need to generate 20,000 lux of light in an indoor environment. I am having trouble converting the lumens to lux using online converters ( I know there are many such converters but the questions they ...
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Chaining Multiple Bulb Socket Splitters Together?

I need to generate 20,000+ lux of light in a small indoor room. This is equivalent to around  30-50, 13 watt lightbulbs (each lightbulb is equivalent to 60 watt standard bulb) which produce around 800 ...
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Why are watts used as a measurement for some appliances?

Why do some appliances tout watts and some others advertise volts. I know watts is a measurement of volts*current but looking at just watts alone, what does that tell us about the appliance? Can't ...
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Exercise on a three-phase system where to evaluate the indication of the wattmeter

I have the following three-phase system where I have to evaluate the indication of the wattmeter W. Available data is: V = 380 ...
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I have virtually no understanding of how batteries work and charge, and have various questions on them

I'm doing research into portable power generators for a university class and need help understanding how charging a device works. From my research, I've found certain methods of harvesting energy can ...
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Obtaining a specific resistance

first of all, let me apologise for my inexperience with electronics. Now that's over with, I'm trying to follow a guide that specifies the use of a specific temperature sensor with an output of 5v ...
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Can voltages be different if watts are the same? Does DC vs. AC change this?

I'm currently building a home in a van, it's my first tango with electrical engineering. I watched a video on voltages and amps and my understanding is basically like so: a battery is like a water ...
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Voltage of a sine wave given max wattage rating

I would like to test a speaker by giving a sine wave of 200 Hz. On the technical datasheet following are mentioned Sine Wave : 30W Maximum music load : 60 W Frequency Range : 40 to 2000 Hz ...
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Formula for heat wire Kanthal or NiCr Watt consume?

The input voltage is 220v in single phase. How many watt consumed for Kanthal A1 (heat wire) AWG18 for 30m at 1400 degree Celcius ? How many If I use NiCr 60 or 80 with AWG18 ? Does anybody know the ...
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getting more from batteries via series connection

Let's assume I have a 100W load. If I run this load on two 2000mAh 3.7V batteries in parallel then I should get a continuous run time of 8 min 53 seconds (given the 27 amp draw). However if I were ...
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Which current should I use to determine the Watt?

I am making a heated blanket and I have some troubles to determine the heat that will be generated. Resistance: Let say, I use this heated cable with a resistance of 0.3 Ohms/m*. If I am using 10m ...
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Requirements to power 3.5kVa inverter?

How many 200 Watt solar panels do I need to power a 3.5kVa 48DCV inverter for 24 hours if the load on it is 1500 Watts and the batteries are 200Ah, 12DCV each in a country with about 6hrs of sunlight? ...
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Does a 1 watt 660nm LED put out more radiant flux than a 1 watt 630nm LED?

Given two LED chips consuming same or very similar amounts of DC power, One emitting light peaking at 630nm, The other at 660nm, In terms of output of (but light irrelevant to the sensitivity of ...
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How do I correctly estimate heat output for heater wire

This is based on a problem that came up today. During the course of this problem I realized that I wasn't so sure I understood the relationship between wattage and heat produced. In the past we did ...
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Which component cannot handle the higher wattage?

First time posting a question, so hopefully I've stated all the required details. As the title is not very specific, here is an explanation of my project. I'm making a revised version of the ...
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Solar panel and 120mm Computer fan

Just before I start description my question, I would like to let you know that I am new at this. I am working on a solar air heater for one of my window. I've been researching and reading up on a lot ...
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Is it possible to step-up the output of a laptop USB port to 12 watts?

I've got a USB device that requires 12 watts to charge. My laptop appears to output less that that. My question is: Is it possible to step-up the output of a laptop USB port to 12 watts?
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How much power does a wireless mouse use? [closed]

I have seen many answers online to how much power the USB dongle linked to a wireless mouse uses, but nothing about how much power the actual mouse draws from its batteries. What is a ball-park ...
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Selecting continuous pull type solenoid

I own a Rail track master and it needs two pull type continuous solenoids. The age of this machine is from the 1950's and both of the previous solenoids were unidentifiable. These solenoids operate ...
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On Computing Power Consumption for a GSM system

I'm a software student trying to learn about embedded systems. I would like to build a low-power system that can send his coordinates by SMS and also receive SMS. Unfortunately I'm at level zero in ...
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Flash Bulb battery depletion

Extremely simple question for you. Probably beneath all of you to answer apologies for that. My camera's flash is rated in Watt seconds. My battery is rated in mAh . If my battery can output 1000 ...
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How long can I run my camera off this battery?

I have Ultramax NP7-12 12v 7ah specifications here: http://www.batterymasters.co.uk/ProductDocs/SLAUMXNP7-12-TECH.pdf My camera consumes 1.25 watts per hour and runs at 7.8 volts but can run between ...
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Powering SMD 5050 strip via LM2596 DC/DC converter

I decided not to order / use the power supply typically sold with SMD 5050 kits. I heard a lot of explosion stories regarding those dodgy stuff. I want to make my own (power supply to drive SMD 5050. ...
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Why are these LEDs listed as 3W when the forward voltage is 2.4V, and forward current is 700mA?

The title of this listing says 3W: http://www.ebay.com/itm/50PCS-3W-RED-80lm-640nm-LED-Plant-Glow-Light-Emitter-with-20mm-star-base-/221518318191?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3393854a6f But ...
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Using 6x58W fluorescent lamps instead of 6x55W, what could possibly go wrong? [closed]

I'm planning to buy a fluorescent photography lighting head, but the manufacturer specified it uses 6x55W lamps, but I want to use Philips Graphica 58W lamps. 3 watts more per lamp, doesn't look like ...
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What wattage solar panel required for AC 1000 watts

If my house load is 1000 Watts AC/220V, then 1000 Watts DC/12V solar panels is not enough. What wattage solar panel would be required for AC 1000 watts?
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How many Watts DC are equivalent to 1,000 Watts AC? [duplicate]

How many Watts DC are equivalent to 1,000 Watts AC? For instance, my load in AC is 1,000 Watts 220V. Then, how much DC watts would an equivalent load dissipate in 12V or 24V DC system?
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Watts in Solar Panels

How does the amount of watts affect a solar array? The solar array I found is 14 W, so what would I encounter if I purchased an lower/higher wattage? I'm going to purchase an array to charge my ...
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How to determine wattages on an applications note schematic?

Specifically, I refer to Fig 18 on Page 14 of this datasheet for dual supplies. Really nice, really "simple" to use 2x40W power amp I want to try out. Unfortunately, I'm a newbie and their schematic ...
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Looking for batteries to power a project I'm working on

Sorry if this is really basic, but I don't really know much about power consumption and voltage. I'm building a sensor system with a small computer with a 19V, 65W power supply, as well as a cloud ...
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Choosing a suitable power supply for a Robotzone gear motor

I'm building a project using a DC geared motor that I purchased from here: Servocity I need to know the specs of the power supply that can be used with this motor. How much current do I need? There ...
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Why is 5V DC so common? [duplicate]

I have an arduino, beaglebone black, and an arndale octa board and they all work 5V DC (albeit different amp rates). Most of my electrical sensors seem to operate around the 5V range. Why is this ...
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High voltage cable cross section

What kind of power and voltage can the cable in the photo possibly drive and why is it composed of a lot of small cables? What if the diameter of the single copper cables were a little bigger? How ...
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Voltage Divider DC 1000W for LED

I´ve done some research but not clear solutions are given to this problem, so I will post my case here in case somebody can help. Thanks in advance. I want to use a DC power supply to power up 121 ...
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A question on Wattmeter [closed]

Wattmeter is an electric instrunment containing a resistor and an inductor.Then why are the watt-meter readings in KVA and not in KW?Is there any specific reason?
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Designing/looking for a circuit board for a vaporizer [closed]

I recently decided to look for/create a board for a vaporizer and have no idea where to start. I will probably end up programming the program in C or C++. To better explain this, I will explain the ...
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How to calculate power consumed by an electrical device in a specified amount of time?

Say for example I have a TV with "140 watts" marked on it. Does this mean the TV consumes 140W per minute? Per hour? Per day? How is the power consumed by device calculated from the device ...
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How can I communicate the difference between 2 watts of continuous power and a 2 watt capacity?

I'm trying to understand the difference between a power output in watts and a power capacity in watts, and I'm open to the possibility that I'm thinking about it all wrong. If I want to charge a ...
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Convert Watt to Ampere-hour for battery

I'm trying to find replacement batteries for my UPS, I checked my local store and they dont' have this particular model I need so I'm looking for other brand that does exactly the same. What I ...
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DC-DC Step-Down (buck) converter 5V 10A 50watt, not understand how to size the supply

I have a 5V 10A 50WATT DC step-down converter: http://www.powerstream.com/dc-24V-5V.htm I'm just not understanding how to size the power supply needed to drive this converter at max power. I have an ...