When it comes to electricity there are so many unfamiliar terms that may get thrown around. Like Alternating Current and Direct Current, or Ohms and Volts.
But one major difference you should be able to decipher between is the difference between Watts and Amps. Watts and Amps are two things that you will commonly hear when it comes to how much power will be consumed by specific appliances and lighting fixtures.
There is a major difference between the two though, as watts are a comprehensive measurement of power while amps are just the quantity of the current being drawn. In this article, we will be looking in depth at the critical differences between Watts and Amps.
What Is The Difference Between A Watt And An Amp?
Amps are how many electrons that flow past a specific point per second. It is equal to 6.24 x 10^18 electrons per second, or one coulomb of charge per second. Volts are a measure of the amount of force that each electron is under, which we call “potential”.
Force (watts) is volts times amps. A couple of electrons under a great deal of potential can supply a lot of force or a lot of electrons at a low potential which conveys a similar force. Consider water in a hose. A gallon a moment (think amps) simply spills if it is under low pressure (think low voltage).
In any case, in the event that you limit the finish of the hose, allowing the strain to develop, the water can have more force (like watts), despite the fact that it is still just a single gallon a moment. Indeed, the force can become colossal as the pressure, to the point that a water blade can cut a sheet of glass. In a similar way as the voltage is expanded a modest quantity of current can transform into a lot of watts.
This is also why increasing the volts does not necessarily increase the available power. Power is amps times volts, so if you double the volts you halve the amps unless something in your circuit actually creates power, such as a battery, solar panel or nuclear power plant.
In summary, Amps are the unit of current flow, while Watts are the unit for power. Amps, when multiplied by voltage, equates to Watts. Measuring amps are much easier compared to measuring watts. Amps are applicable only to electricity while watts can be used for other forms of energy.
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