How do you calculate power factor?
Power Factor is the ratio of the actual load power used to do work and the apparent power that is applied in an AC circuit. The value of power factor ranges from 0 to 1.
Power Factor = Actual Power in Watts (P) / Apparent Power in VA (S)
Steps for Power Factor Calculation
Step 1: Consider if the real power is 123. 56 Watts and the apparent power applied is 116. 578 VA.
Real Power = 123. 56 Watts
Apparent Power = 116. 578 VA
Step 2: Substituting the values in the formula,
Power Factor = 123. 56 Watts / 116. 578 VA
Hence, the power factor of an AC circuit is 1.0599.