I would like to know what the watt amount is converted from 5.5 KVA. Is it 5500 Watt ?

My generator is listed as a 6.1 KVA. It is also listed as a 5.5 KVA rated power.

Relevance

kVA and watts are not always interchangeable. When operating

reactive loads such as motors and transformers, voltage and current are often out of phase. With such loads, power delivered in wattage is considerably less than kVA. For a purely resistive load, current and voltage remain in phase and kVA is equal to wattage. If you get a meter such as Kill A Watt, there are two readings, one for watts, and another for KVA, as well as power factor. These all relate back to the same thing.

I would interpret the numbers you gave as the generator is capable of 5.5kVA continuously, and 6.1kVA surge for motor starting. For the purpose you are asking, most manufacturers rate their generators in wattage, so yours could be considered 5500 watts / 6100 watts surge.

Here is info on the Kill A Watt meter. I bought mine on eBay.

http://www.p3international.com/products/special/P4...

http://www.cafeelectric.com/killawatt/

Read more on my web page...

http://members.rennlist.org/warren/generator.html

• TV guy
Lv 7

(Kilovolt-Amp). An electrical power-rating product of voltage and current, as specified for an uninterruptable power source. Dividing that product by the line voltage, (110V in the USA, 220V in Europe) yields the output current rating of the power source.

So for 110V, 5500/110 = 50 Amps. That means it can output at most 50 Amps at 110V.

Kilovolt Ampere rating designates the output which a transformer can deliver at rated voltage and frequency without exceeding a specified temperature rise.

• Anonymous
5 years ago

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kVA * Power factor = kW kW /0.746 = horsepower