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Elec. output from generator question, any electrical gurus/engineers?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by bobsurf, Nov 13, 2002.

  1. bobsurf

    bobsurf 1/2 ton status

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    Yo, <font color="orange"> Harry </font color> and I came across a Honda EX 350 generator. We're trying to figure out what kind of AC amps this thing can put out. It's rated at 120 Volts, and at 60Hz the output is listed as 550VA. I don't know what the hell VA is. Volt Amps? The physics of electricity say Power=Volts*Amps. But by that line of thinking this would only be putting out 550/120=4.58 Amps. That seems rather low to me. Any gurus out there that can lend a hand? I'm all ears/forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
     
  2. ramjet gmc

    ramjet gmc CK5 Staff Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    I don't know what the hell VA is. Volt Amps = with out getting to far in to it, Think as a watt

    watts over volts = amps
    to sum it up you are correct /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    * Power expressed in Watts = Power consumed, used or dissipated. Referred to as the True Power.

    * Power expressed in Voltamps = Power available to use. Referred to as the Apparent Power. You will find it used to express the size of transformers.

    A watt and a VA(voltamp) are the same thing.....like he said.
     
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    Thank you both for the info.

    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    * Power expressed in Watts = Power consumed, used or dissipated. Referred to as the True Power.

    * Power expressed in Voltamps = Power available to use. Referred to as the Apparent Power. You will find it used to express the size of transformers.

    A watt and a VA(voltamp) are the same thing.....like he said.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    I think that pretty much clears everything up.
     
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    not for me /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif but i guess thats cuss i don't understand this stuff and i'm just a post whore. lol. later.

    jacob
     
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    Yeah, that's almost a "Wanker of the week" nomination.
     
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    coooooooool. maybe i'll win next time. lol. later.

    jacob
     

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