Kilograms to Pounds & Ounces Conversion

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1 kg = 2.204623 lb
1 kg = 2 lb 3.273968 oz
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How to Convert Kilograms to Pounds

To convert a kilogram measurement to a pound measurement, multiply the weight by the conversion ratio.

Since one kilogram is equal to 2.204623 pounds, you can use this simple formula to convert:

pounds = kilograms × 2.204623

The weight in pounds is equal to the kilograms multiplied by 2.204623.

For example, here's how to convert 5 kilograms to pounds using the formula above.
5 kg = (5 × 2.204623) = 11.023113 lb

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How Many Pounds Are in a Kilogram?

There are 2.204623 pounds in a kilogram, which is why we use this value in the formula above.

1 kg = 2.204623 lb

Higher Precision Formula

The formula above uses a rounded conversion ratio which results in a lower precision answer. More precisely, one pound is equal to 2.20462262185 kilograms.

So, if you need more precision, use the following formula to convert kg to lbs:

pounds = kilograms × 2.20462262185

How to Convert to a Mixed Measurement

Usually, a decimal pound measurement is expressed as a measurement in pounds and ounces. For example, 3.5 lbs are often expressed as 3 lbs 8 oz. Follow these steps to convert pounds to pounds and ounces.

  • If the measurement in pounds has a decimal, then subtract the decimal portion from the pounds measurement to get an even measurement in pounds.
    3.5 lbs - .5 lbs = 3 lbs
  • Then, multiply the decimal remainder by 16 to find the remaining weight in ounces.
    .5 lbs × 16 = 8 oz
  • Now, take the even pounds measurement and the remainder in ounces. This is the pounds and ounces measurement.
    3.5 lbs = 3 lbs 8 oz

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Kilograms and pounds are both units used to measure weight. Keep reading to learn more about each unit of measure.

Kilograms

The definition of the kilogram changed in 2019. One kilogram was previously equal to the mass of the platinum-iridium bar, known as the International Prototype of the Kilogram, which was stored in Sèvres, France.

The 2019 SI brochure now defines the kilogram using the Planck constant, and it is defined using the meter and second.[1] It is roughly equal to the mass of 1,000 cubic centimeters of water.

The kilogram, or kilogramme, is the SI base unit for weight and is also a multiple of the gram. In the metric system, "kilo" is the prefix for 103. Kilograms can be abbreviated as kg; for example, 1 kilogram can be written as 1 kg.

Pounds

Pounds are a widely used unit of mass/weight in the United States. The National Bureau of Standards approved the international definition of the pound for use in the United States in 1959 after an agreement between six nations referred to as the International Yard and Pound Agreement.[2]

One pound is equal to 16 ounces, or 0.45359237 kilograms. In the avoirdupois or apothecaries' systems, one pound is equal to 7,000 grains.[3]

The pound is a US customary and imperial unit of weight. A pound is sometimes also referred to as a common ounce. Pounds can be abbreviated as lb, and are also sometimes abbreviated as lbs, lbm, or #. For example, 1 pound can be written as 1 lb, 1 lbs, 1 lbm, or 1 #.

Kilogram to Pound Conversion Table

Kilogram measurements converted to pounds and pounds & ounces values
Kilograms Pounds Pounds & Ounces
1 kg 2.2046 lb 2 lb 3.3 oz
2 kg 4.4092 lb 4 lb 6.5 oz
3 kg 6.6139 lb 6 lb 9.8 oz
4 kg 8.8185 lb 8 lb 13.1 oz
5 kg 11.02 lb 11 lb 0.4 oz
6 kg 13.23 lb 13 lb 3.6 oz
7 kg 15.43 lb 15 lb 6.9 oz
8 kg 17.64 lb 17 lb 10.2 oz
9 kg 19.84 lb 19 lb 13.5 oz
10 kg 22.05 lb 22 lb 0.7 oz
11 kg 24.25 lb 24 lb 4 oz
12 kg 26.46 lb 26 lb 7.3 oz
13 kg 28.66 lb 28 lb 10.6 oz
14 kg 30.86 lb 30 lb 13.8 oz
15 kg 33.07 lb 33 lb 1.1 oz
16 kg 35.27 lb 35 lb 4.4 oz
17 kg 37.48 lb 37 lb 7.7 oz
18 kg 39.68 lb 39 lb 10.9 oz
19 kg 41.89 lb 41 lb 14.2 oz
20 kg 44.09 lb 44 lb 1.5 oz
21 kg 46.3 lb 46 lb 4.8 oz
22 kg 48.5 lb 48 lb 8 oz
23 kg 50.71 lb 50 lb 11.3 oz
24 kg 52.91 lb 52 lb 14.6 oz
25 kg 55.12 lb 55 lb 1.8 oz
26 kg 57.32 lb 57 lb 5.1 oz
27 kg 59.52 lb 59 lb 8.4 oz
28 kg 61.73 lb 61 lb 11.7 oz
29 kg 63.93 lb 63 lb 14.9 oz
30 kg 66.14 lb 66 lb 2.2 oz
31 kg 68.34 lb 68 lb 5.5 oz
32 kg 70.55 lb 70 lb 8.8 oz
33 kg 72.75 lb 72 lb 12 oz
34 kg 74.96 lb 74 lb 15.3 oz
35 kg 77.16 lb 77 lb 2.6 oz
36 kg 79.37 lb 79 lb 5.9 oz
37 kg 81.57 lb 81 lb 9.1 oz
38 kg 83.78 lb 83 lb 12.4 oz
39 kg 85.98 lb 85 lb 15.7 oz
40 kg 88.18 lb 88 lb 3 oz

References

  1. International Bureau of Weights and Measures, The International System of Units, 9th Edition, 2019, https://www.bipm.org/documents/20126/41483022/SI-Brochure-9-EN.pdf
  2. National Bureau of Standards, Refinement of Values for the Yard and Pound, U.S. Department of Commerce, July 1, 1959, https://www.nist.gov/system/files/documents/2017/05/09/frn-59-5442-1959.pdf
  3. Encyclopædia Britannica, Avoirdupois weight, https://www.britannica.com/science/avoirdupois-weight

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