In the food service industry, the wrong utility is the number one reason for equipment failing to operate as it should. It's an easy problem to avert, and we're here to help you avoid that misstep in your business. Try this simple calculator tool to accurately calculate any piece of equipment's amps, volts, or watts to ensure you're choosing the correct utilities. Also, we'll explain what each of these electrical terms mean, what they do, and how this calculator works. To make it easier to understand, it's helpful to think of electricity in terms of a garden hose. We'll explain.
Volts: How do we make those amps flow? Voltage. In sticking with the garden hose analogy, voltage is similar to the water pressure in the hose, and its pressure, or force, causes the water to flow. Volts are a measure of how much force each electron is under, which is called "potential," and this potential is what causes electricity to flow.
microwave has to offer, the faster it will cook your food.
It's worth knowing that the watts can remain the same while the volts and amps numbers vary. A small number of electrons under a lot of potential can supply plenty of power, or a lot of electrons at a low potential can provide the same amount of power. If we refer to the garden hose one last time, a slow water flow of one gallon per minute (like amps) slowly runs out of the hose if it's under low pressure (like low voltage). However, if you put a kink in the hose and let the pressure build, we've now increased the potential and the water can have more power (like watts), even though the flow is still just one gallon per minute.