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What does VA rating of a wall receptacle means ? Just started using Revit for Electrical Design (120V/208V) and came across wall receptacle rated as 180 VA. Just trying to wrap my head around that 180VA rating as I understand the maximum load that can be connected to a receptacle would be 120*15=1800 VA.. So what does 180 VA means ?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Was it in a bathroom? It most probably has an 80 VA transformer in series, which limits your output. \$\endgroup\$ – winny Jul 8 '17 at 6:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ Hotels in 220-240 countries sometimes have a low-power outlet in the bathroom so that North American tourists can plug in their 120V electric shavers and toothbrushes and whatnot. \$\endgroup\$ – mkeith Jul 8 '17 at 16:34
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    \$\begingroup\$ It was rated 180 VA, I had a typo in the question which I have corrected. On doing a lil bit digging I was able to find the solution. It is described as General-Purpose Receptacle Loads.tpub.com/celec/34.htm \$\endgroup\$ – user2966713 Jul 9 '17 at 6:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ Possible duplicate of What is the practical difference between watts and VA (volt-amps)? \$\endgroup\$ – Dmitry Grigoryev Jul 18 at 7:00
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The link below explains the default rated (180VA) receptacles.

http://www.tpub.com/celec/34.htm

All receptacles used in industrial areas have to be computed at 180 VA per outlet. One exception to this rule involves the use of multioutlet assemblies (prefabricated, wall-mounted outlet strips). The load for outlet strips is to be computed at 180 VA for every 5 feet of assembly. If the outlet strip will be heavily loaded with portable tools, such as bench grinders, drill presses, soldering irons, and so forth, a load of 180 VA per foot is to be computed.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Very little in the way of explanation at that link. Also, answers which are just a link often go out of date if the link expires somehow (which happens fairly often). \$\endgroup\$ – mkeith Jul 14 '17 at 15:45

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