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Electrical Power Calculators

The following calculators are provided to help you determine the size of generator required for your specific application. Other calculators on this page are for unit conversions and other power related calculations.

Calculation Guide to Standard Uints
Power Calculator Kilo Volt Amperes kVA
Converting kVA to kW KiloWatts (1000 watts = 1 kW) kW
Converting kW to kVA Ampere (Volt-Amperes or Current) I
Converting kW to HP Volts E
Amperes when kVA is known Power Factor PE
kVA Required to run motors Percent Efficiency %EFF
  Horse Power HP
Power Requirement Calculator
Phase Volts Required
V
Amperes
I
Power
Factor
= Power
kW
1
3
.8
1.0
Converting kW to kVA
kW = kVA
Converting kVA to kW
kVA = kW
Converting kW to HP
kW = HP
What size genset is needed to start a 3 phase electric motor Direct on Line (DOL) start
HP of
Motor
= Generator
kVA Required
Calculating Amperes (when you know kVA)
Phase
1,2,3
Generator
kVA
Volts
Required
= Ampere
I


* LEGAL DISCLAIMER: Whenever complex electrical calculations are involved, it is always wise to seek the assistance of a certified electrician. The calculators on this page are offered to assist in generating general estimations only.  In most instances, there are numerous additional factors that should be accounted for (such as altitude, site conditions, iron losses, motor efficiencies, etc.).  If you are still unsure or would like assistance analyzing your current situation, feel free to contact us with your questions.  

 

Other Useful Tools & Information

Chart with Standard Electrical Formulas

Chart of Approximate Generator Fuel Consumption

Article on How to Size a Generator

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