Convert Horsepower to Watts

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1 hp(I) = 745.699872 W
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How to Convert Horsepower to Watts

To convert horsepower to a watt measurement, use one of the formulas below.

Mechanical Horsepower to Watts

Formula to convert mechanical horsepower to watts:

watts = hp(I) × 745.699872

Since one mechanical horsepower is equal to 745.699872 watts, the formula to find watts is to multiply mechanical horsepower by 745.699872.

For example, here's how to convert 5 mechanical horsepower to watts using the formula.
5 hp(I) = (5 × 745.699872) = 3,728.499358 W

Electric Horsepower to Watts

Formula to convert electric horsepower to watts:

watts = hp(E) × 746

Since one electric horsepower is equal to 746 watts, the formula to find watts is to multiply electric horsepower by 746.

For example, here's how to convert 5 electric horsepower to watts using the formula.
5 hp(E) = (5 × 746) = 3,730 W

Metric Horsepower to Watts

Formula to convert metric horsepower to watts:

watts = hp(M) × 735.49875

Since one metric horsepower is equal to 735.49875 watts, the formula to find watts is to multiply metric horsepower by 735.49875.

For example, here's how to convert 5 metric horsepower to watts using the formula.
5 hp(M) = (5 × 735.49875) = 3,677.49375 W

Boiler Horsepower to Watts

Formula to convert boiler horsepower to watts:

watts = hp(S) × 9,809.5

Since one boiler horsepower is equal to 9,809.5 watts, the formula to find watts is to multiply boiler horsepower by 9,809.5.

For example, here's how to convert 5 boiler horsepower to watts using the formula.
5 hp(S) = (5 × 9,809.5) = 49,047.5 W

Horsepower and watts are both units used to measure power. Keep reading to learn more about each unit of measure.

Horsepower

The term horsepower was adopted by Scottish inventor James Watt to measure the power output of his steam engine and to compare that power with that of horses horses.[1] Horsepower were later used to measure the power output of piston and turbine engines and electrical motors.

There are now several different types of horsepower, including mechanical, electrical, metric, boiler, brake, and indicated, and they all have different applications in industry. Mechanical and electric are the most commonly used types.

Mechanical Horsepower

Mechanical horsepower is often used to measure the output of engines and motors in North America. One mechanical horsepower is equal to 745.69987158227022 watts.

The mechanical horsepower is a US customary and imperial unit of power. Mechanical horsepower can be abbreviated as hp(I), for example 1 mechanical horsepower can be written as 1 hp(I).

Electric Horsepower

Electric horsepower is used to measure the output of electric motors and other electrical machines in the US. One electric horsepower is equal to exactly 746 watts.

The electric horsepower is a US customary and imperial unit of power. Electric horsepower can be abbreviated as hp(E), for example 1 electric horsepower can be written as 1 hp(E).

Metric Horsepower

One metric horsepower is the power needed to one metric horsepower as the lift a 75 kilogram mass at at one meter per second.[2] One metric horsepower is equal to 735.49875 watts.

The metric horsepower is a non-SI metric unit for power. Metric horsepower can be abbreviated as hp(M), and are also sometimes abbreviated as PS, cv, hk, pk, ks, or ch. For example, 1 metric horsepower can be written as 1 hp(M), 1 PS, 1 cv, 1 hk, 1 pk, 1 ks, or 1 ch.

Boiler Horsepower

Boiler horsepower is used to measure the power of a boiler to generate steam. One boiler horsepower is equal to the power needed to evaporate 34.5 pounds in one hour.[3]

Boiler horsepower can be abbreviated as hp(S), for example 1 boiler horsepower can be written as 1 hp(S).

Try our engine horsepower calculator to calculate the power of a motor.

Watts

One watt is the power equal to the rate of energy of one joule per second in an electrical circuit.[4] One watt is also equal to the power produced in a circuit with a voltage potential of one volt with a current of one amp.

The watt is the SI derived unit for power in the metric system. Watts can be abbreviated as W, for example 1 watt can be written as 1 W.

Watt's Law states the relationship between power, current, and voltage. Using Watt's Law, it's possible to express the power in watts as an expression using current and voltage.

PW = IA × VV

The power in watts is equal to the current in amperes times the potential difference in volts.

Combining this with Ohm's Law, it's also possible to express the power in watts using resistance in addition to volts and amps.

Horsepower to Watt Conversion Table

Watts converted to various horsepower values.
Watts Mechanical Horsepower Electric Horsepower Metric Horsepower Boiler Horsepower
1 W 0.001341 0.00134 0.00136 0.000102
2 W 0.002682 0.002681 0.002719 0.000204
3 W 0.004023 0.004021 0.004079 0.000306
4 W 0.005364 0.005362 0.005438 0.000408
5 W 0.006705 0.006702 0.006798 0.00051
6 W 0.008046 0.008043 0.008158 0.000612
7 W 0.009387 0.009383 0.009517 0.000714
8 W 0.010728 0.010724 0.010877 0.000816
9 W 0.012069 0.012064 0.012237 0.000917
10 W 0.01341 0.013405 0.013596 0.001019
20 W 0.02682 0.02681 0.027192 0.002039
30 W 0.040231 0.040214 0.040789 0.003058
40 W 0.053641 0.053619 0.054385 0.004078
50 W 0.067051 0.067024 0.067981 0.005097
60 W 0.080461 0.080429 0.081577 0.006117
70 W 0.093872 0.093834 0.095174 0.007136
80 W 0.107282 0.107239 0.10877 0.008155
90 W 0.120692 0.120643 0.122366 0.009175
100 W 0.134102 0.134048 0.135962 0.010194
200 W 0.268204 0.268097 0.271924 0.020388
300 W 0.402307 0.402145 0.407886 0.030583
400 W 0.536409 0.536193 0.543849 0.040777
500 W 0.670511 0.670241 0.679811 0.050971
600 W 0.804613 0.80429 0.815773 0.061165
700 W 0.938715 0.938338 0.951735 0.071359
800 W 1.0728 1.0724 1.0877 0.081554
900 W 1.2069 1.2064 1.2237 0.091748
1000 W 1.341 1.3405 1.3596 0.101942

References

  1. Encyclopædia Britannica, Horsepower, https://www.britannica.com/science/horsepower
  2. Merriam-Webster, metric horsepower, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metric%20horsepower
  3. Wikipedia, Horsepower, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horsepower
  4. International Bureau of Weights and Measures, The International System of Units, 9th Edition, 2019, https://www.bipm.org/utils/common/pdf/si-brochure/SI-Brochure-9.pdf