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Why are resistors rated in watts?
The power rating of a resistor indicates how much power a resistor can handle before it becomes too hot and burns up. Power is measured in units called watts. The more watts a resistor can handle, the larger and more expensive the resistor is. Most resistors are designed to handle 1/8 W or 1/4 W.
Are resistors rated in watts?
The power rating of a resistor is measured in watts, and it’s usually somewhere between ⅛W (0.125W) and 1W. Resistors with power ratings of more than 1W are usually referred to as power resistors, and are used specifically for their power dissipating abilities.
What does it mean when a resistor has a 2 watt rating?
Power Increases Temperature If a resistor is dissipating 2 W of power, it is converting 2 joules of electrical energy into heat every second. That may not seem like a lot compared to, say, an electric space heater that converts 1000 J of electrical energy into heat every second.
What is the relationship between the size of the resistor and the wattage?
The physical size of the resistor is directly related to how much wattage it can accomodate. The larger the resistor the more wattage, or the more power it can dissipate. The amount of heat dissipated per unit time is measured in watts.
What is wattage rating?
[′wäd·ij ‚rād·iŋ] (electricity) A rating expressing the maximum power that a device can safely handle continuously.
How the resistor differs for different power ratings?
Generally speaking the larger their physical size the higher its wattage rating. However, it is always better to select a particular size resistor that is capable of dissipating two or more times the calculated power….The Resistor Power Triangle.
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Can I use a 2 watt resistor instead of 1 watt?
You can almost always use the larger wattage resistor. There are cases with high-speed circuits where you have to select a resistor with lower capacitance or inductance or even changes in resistance vs temp. But, in general, bigger is fine except it take more board space, and costs more.
How are resistors rated?
Resistors are rated by the value of their resistance and the electrical power given in watts, (W) that they can safely dissipate based mainly upon their size.
Do resistors have a voltage rating?
The power rating and voltage rating of a resistor are one common source of confusion. This far exceeds the power rating of the part. Conversely, for high resistance values, the amount of electrical energy that the 0603 resistor can withstand is determined by the working voltage rating of 75 volts.
How is power rated?
Power ratings are usually given in watts for real power and volt-amperes for apparent power, although for devices intended for use in large power systems, both may be given in a per-unit system. Cables are usually rated by giving their maximum voltage and their ampacity.