How to convert apparent power in kilovolt-amps (kVA) to real power in watts (W).

The real power P in watts (W) is equal to 1000 times the apparent power S in kilovolt-amps (kVA), times the power factor PF:

*P*_{(W)} = 1000 × *S*_{(kVA)}* *
× *PF*

So watts are equal to 1000 times kilovolt-amps times the power factor.

watts = 1000 × kilovolt-amps × PF

or

W = 1000 × kVA × PF

What is the real power in watts when the apparent power is 3 kVA and the power factor is 0.8?

Solution:

*P* = 1000 × 3kVA × 0.8 = 2400W

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