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    Amp Hours to Watt Hours: What’s the Difference?

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    When it comes to picking the best battery for your RV, boat, UTV, or other gadget or system, you need to know how much battery juice to have on hand. That’s where amp hours (Ah) and watt hours (Wh) come into play. If you’re new to the world of batteries then these terms might be a bit confusing. We understand, but we’re here to simplify things as best as we can..

    In this post, we’ll break down amp hours to watts, and other important terms you may hear when referring to a battery’s power. We’re here to explain why these terms matter and what to consider when looking for the right battery. So keep reading to learn more!

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    Amp Hours & Watts Explained

    If you’re ever on the hunt for a new battery, then chances are you’ll hear the terms amp hours and watt hours tossed around. For this reason we’ll explain both in more detail and the purpose of each measurement. That way you have the full scope and can more easily connect how these measurements work and why they’re important.

    Amp Hours: Endurance

    Batteries have a capacity rating that’s typically measured in amp hours. This rating tells the user how much charge the battery can store and deliver over a period of time. Sort of how much stamina your battery has or doesn’t have. To simplify things, imagine amp hours as a measurement of your battery’s stamina. Amp-hours (commonly referred to as Ah) measure the amount of electrical charge your battery can dish out in a given hour. Like a marathon runner who can keep going and going, the higher the amp hours, the longer your battery can sustain its electrical flow.

    So in general, the higher a battery’s amp hour rating is, the longer the battery’s run-time will be. If you’re running a large device, like an RV, you’ll probably want a battery with a much higher Ah rating, than say a small kayak trolling motor battery. Because an RV will likely power multiple devices for many hours at a time. And because your battery can power your device for a longer duration, you won’t have to recharge or replace it as often.

    Watts: Total Energy

    Watt Hours are the champ of battery metrics because they give you a broader picture of a battery’s capacity. This is done by taking into account both the current and voltage. Why is this important? Because it can come in handy when comparing batteries with different voltage ratings. Watt Hours gives you the lowdown on the total energy stored in a battery. It’s like knowing how much work that battery can do overall.

    Calculating watt hours is pretty simple. You’ll want to factor in both the current (amperage) and the voltage of the battery. Here’s the equation: Watt Hours = Amp Hours × Voltage.

    Picture this: You have a battery with 10 amp hours and a voltage of 12 volts. Multiply them together, and voila! You have yourself 120 Watt Hours. That means your battery can deliver a total of 120 units of energy. See?

    Knowing your battery’s watt hour measurement is helpful in several ways. It’s a great tool for comparing batteries against one another, helping you size up battery backup systems, letting you know how energy-efficient your battery is, and more. So while amp hours and watt hours are separate measurements, they’re both important in making informed decisions.

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    Amp Hours Vs Watt Hours

    By now you’ve probably realized that amp-hours and watt-hours are different but share a very close relationship, especially in terms of time and current. Both values can help you determine the performance of a battery based on your boat, RV, or other application’s energy requirements.

    Again, amp hours measure a battery’s capacity to hold a charge over time. Watt hours are the measurement of the total energy capacity of your battery over time. This information can help you determine which battery is best for you. If you want the watt-hour ratings, you can change amp hours to watt hours using the following formula:

    Watt hour = amp hour X voltage

    You can also change watt hours to amp hours using the formula below;

    Amp hour = watt-hour/Voltage

    At LithiumHub, we’re passionate about LiFeP04 technology and offering our customers the very best in terms of technology, efficiency, performance, and customer service. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us today! And be sure to look through our huge selection of Ionic lithium batteries. We offer 12 volt, 24 volt, 36 volt, and 48 volt batteries with different amp hour ratings, so you can find the battery that’s best for you! You can even connect batteries in series or parallel!

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