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How to Find Amps

How to Find Amps

How to Find Amps

First and foremost: What even are amps?

“Amps,” short for “amperes,” are units of measure for the power flowing through an electrical circuit. These differ from watts in a variety of ways, but did you know that you can use simple mathematical formulas to extrapolate one from the other? Let us show you how!

Prevent Electrocution by Using Proper Measurements

There is no easier way to fry your circuits than by mixing up watts and amps and pumping too much into a single outlet or device. The key difference between watts and amps is that watts provide a comprehensive measurement of strength whereas amps simply measure current flow.

Applied Mathematics

Contrary to what you might have believed in grade school, mathematics is everywhere and is used constantly in everyday by life by engineers, electricians, and countless other skilled professionals.

Deriving Amps from Watts

The actual mathematical formula can appear quite complex, although it is essentially just basic algebra. Of course, if hand-written math has never been your forte, you can always use a watt-to-amp calculator.

Use an Ammeter

But what do you do if you don’t know the wattage of your circuit and have no numbers to convert? That’s where an ammeter comes in. This handy device allows you to plug into a circuit and take technological measurements of the amps in a matter of minutes.


“Finding a way to quantify and measure observable levels of amperes in a circuit” might be quite the complex and professional statement; however, by converting watts to amps or by measuring current flow with an ammeter, you can do this with little to no training at all!