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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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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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Computer shutting down after playing a graphical game [migrated]

For a while, whenever i play a graphically intensive game, The computer just shuts down unexpectedly, with no warning. These are my specs: Intel Quad Core Q6600 AMD Sapphire R9 500 watts power ...
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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 ...
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Having trouble understanding amps, watts, voltage, and how they all work [duplicate]

I read that watts is amps multiplied by voltage. But then I read that it depends on the wattage ... what determines wattage? I thought that the outlet supplied voltage potential, and the device uses ...
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How much powerful is 600 V DC [closed]

After reading this article about various current systems for railways, I understood that there are 600V DC current lines that can move a train. So, this is an absolute beginner question. My doubt ...
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kWh per 24hours from system that uses 950W [duplicate]

my friend asked me a questions how much kWh he would get per day around if he is going to buy a power suply that is 1200W and place in the system and system would use 950W as he said ...
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Resistance and power requirements for a current-limiting resistor

I'm making my electronics project. I need answer please I need an resistor I just need to clarify and validate. Given \$V_s\$-15 V \$V_{LED}\$-3.5 V \$I_{LED}\$ - 25 mA I did: R= \$\frac{V_s - ...
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Make One Full Power XBox One Adapter from Two Underpowered Adapters

Unfortunately, as of this time, Microsoft does not sell XBox One AC adapters. XBox One adapters are almost always single voltage. I'm an expat who has bought a US XBox One and would like to use it in ...
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Why is the series resistor getting hot in this LED driving circuit?

I am trying to create the circuit below but then the resistor is getting too hot. I think is has something to do with my power source 15V, 8A. My resistor is 51 ohms, 1/4W. Any comment please... ...
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How to calculate Snubber for different load value

We are doing home automation project in that we need snubber for both resistive and inductive load. If we connect less than 5W load(Bulb) it is keep on glowing without switch on. Whether i ...
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How to convert a 10-Watt solar panel into 3v & 3 amp?

The device I use requires about 3V and 3 amps. Based on my Google research, I found out that in order to get 3V and 3 amps from a solar panel, the solar panel needs to be at least 9 watts. So let's ...
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How to use a solar panel that has 'watts' to power a battery charger that requires: 3v & 2.8 amps?

I have a battery charger that charges small batteries ( AAA & AA ). It uses an adapter that gives it 3V and 2.8 amps. I want to remove the adapter and give it solar energy instead. There are ...
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Sensitive audio detector

Here's the link to the project im currently working on : http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/vol_6/chpt_4/5.html I have a question about this transformer.I haven't been able to found an audio transformer ...
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8 ohm amp to 4 ohm speaker

I got amp which produce 2 x 30W output on 8 ohm. Is it possible for each channel to connect 60W 4ohm speaker? Is it possible to do such thing and how I can wire it?
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Combine stereo audio amplifier outputs

I got this receiver. Its output power is 2 x 30W on 8 ohms. My question is: is it possible to combine the power from these 2 channels and connect both channels to a single 60W speaker? And if it's ...
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Why don't power meters measure volt-amps

When large inductive or capacitive loads are applied, the power meter will not indicate and bill you as the electricity gets lost in the lines. Why don't power companies just charge for this?
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How should I connect four resistors to double the capacity with the same resistor? [duplicate]

I know that putting two resistors in parallel will double the wattage from the input to output, but only with half the resistance. Example Parallel Circuit: simulate this circuit – ...
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Can an LED driver operate within the whole range between min and max specs effectively, or is a load right at the max specs too large?

I am making an LED film light which I hope will output a dimmable 10000 lumens. I am looking at a driver(link at bottom). It says it is a "versatile high voltage N-channel MosFET controllers for LED ...
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Trying to understand why power equation and ohm's law equation aren't agreeing

Hobbyist EE-in-training here. I've been doing some simple problems to reinforce my knowledge of ohm's law and I've run into a snag - A stereo speaker has a resistance of 8.00 Ω. When it is ...
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efficiency problems connecting multiple solar panels

I cannot understand why doubling the amount of solar panels gives only a few percent increase in total amount of power. Here are the test results of a single 10-cell panel: Here are the test ...
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What is the rating of a DVD laser diode

I am making the "Pocket Laser Engraver" on instructables, but I need to find a replacement for the DVD drive's laser diode. (Already broke both of mine) Online I might want to get the 12x20mm 5mW ...
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Why do electric companies measure in watts, when they be measuring in joules?

1 Joule is defined as 1 Watt of power working for 1 second. When the electric bill comes, it says "you've used 5000 Watts, therefore pay us $100". However, from ...
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Does converting 12V DC to 110V AC really increase the available watts?

When designing solar panel systems for homes how do you convert the watts generated by the 12V DC solar panels to watts available in a 110/120V AC system? When I do the math it seems to defy logic. ...
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If i change the transformer on my inverter for a bigger one, will it increase the watts? [closed]

If i change the transformer on my inverter for a bigger one, will it increase the watts?
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How to calculate battery capacity required for home applications?

The issue I'm facing is calculating current draw from different household items. Like, if a fan is rated at 75 Watts, its current draw would be A = W/V so A = 75/220 and A = .34 amperes. That doesn't ...