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How Many Watt Hours in a Car Battery – Introduction and Usage
Are you wondering how many watts is stored in a car battery? Well, you have come to the right place. This is one of the most common questions about car batteries because many people use them for other appliances.
In this article, we will be sharing the right information on everything you need to know about wattage in car batteries. Not only that, we shall be looking at more information on what makes the difference when choosing the right battery for your car.
How many watt hours does a car battery hold?
When choosing a car battery, one of the major items to put on your checklist is the number of amp-hours you need. This depends on the application and where you are in the world.
For solar systems, the total battery capacity in amp-hours should be three to four times your everyday usage.
?If you are using batteries in UPS, you should consider capacity that is enough to cover more than two times the expected outage. Take your daily average use and divide by the battery’s voltage to estimate your required amp-hour. For instance, say you have a kWh per day usage from a 48-volt power system. Divide 5000 by 48, which gives you 105 AH. That means you will need at least 210 Ah because you don’t want to discharge the battery to less than 50%.
To answer this question, lets define a few terms first:
Battery capacity is the measure of the charge stored in your battery. It is determined based on the mass of active material within the battery. Capacity stands for the maximum amount of energy that a battery can give out under specified conditions. But the actual storage of batteries varies depending on the nominal voltage, since capacity depends on the age and past history of the battery. It’s also affected by the charging/discharging cycles of the battery, as well as working conditions.
Capacity is measured either in Watt-hours, Kilowatt-hours or ampere-hours. The most common unit is ampere-hours, Ah. This unit is used commonly because the voltage of the battery varies across the charging and discharging cycles.
Watt-hours, Wh, is best applicable from Ah capacity by the multiplication of AH capacity by the nominal voltage. If you are looking for a more accurate result, consider the variation of voltage through the integration of AH x V over the charging cycle lifetime.
Car Battery Voltage
Another important term you need to understand when dealing with car battery watt-hour, is the voltage. Batteries come in different types and with varying voltages. Voltage ranges from 1.5 or an AA battery to 12V in most car batteries.
So, what is battery voltage? This term refers to the actual difference between the negative and positive sides of the battery. The size of the potential difference determines the voltage reading.
Electrical potential is the difference between the terminals of your car battery. Both terminals are physically separated, allowing the electrons to flow smoothly.
Wattage or Watt-hour
A watt is defined as the unit measurement of power. It is therefore the power that your battery can give.
Watts come in many variations, including, KW, MW and so one. It measures the electrical power of the battery. You can always find this measure written on most batteries so that you can choose one that meets your needs.
Kilowatt hours is the unit measure of energy your battery can hold. It’s therefore defined as the consumption of your device. When you connect your battery, Wh becomes the energy it gives out to start the battery.
Watt-hour Held in Battery
Now to answer the question above, consider all the terms we have reviewed above. Wattage, or storage can be found by multiplying amps by volts.
For example, if a user has 600CCA (cold cranking amps), in their car battery, this can give them about 600amps x 12volts, which is 7200 watts. This power is only needed for a few seconds to start the car.
How many watts can a car battery hold?
Answering this question depends on the voltage and amperage as discussed above. You can compute wattage by multiplying Amps with voltage.
That means wattage= Amps x Voltage. This is a simple formula that anyone can follow to determine the number of watts any battery can hold. This formula works for any car battery because it has been proven to work across the world.
How many watts does a car use?
Now this is the right question when referring to car battery wattage.? We can also rephrase it to, how much power can the battery really hold.
That depends on the battery you are using. For lead acid batteries, things can get a little hard since the more amps are pulled out, the less power you get.
Many batteries on the market today are rated at 10-hour rate or 20-hour. This means, the number of amps the battery can sustain for 10 or 20 hours before dropping the voltage to a point where it cannot be used.
On average, a car battery can maintain about 5amps for ten hours. That makes such a battery a 50amp hour battery. That is equal to around 600-watt hours.
If you take the 20-hour rate, then the battery might give you about 2.7amps. This also is a 54-amp hour or 648watt-hour battery.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Car Battery
Now that you know what wattage is and how to calculate, you should consider several other factors when looking for the right battery. Here are a few ideas:
· The right cell power. The size of your battery should be the first fact on your list. You are looking for something that will fit in your car. Missing this can cause you to spend more money because you may have to buy several trial batteries.
· Battery brand. Another important consideration is the brand of your battery. But from reputable brands because that assures safety and performance.
· Ability to reserve capacity. This determines how long the battery can run by itself. It is a measure of dependability and reliability.
Now that you understand battery wattage and how to choose the right one, you can make a more informed decision. Just remember to pick a battery that satisfies your needs.