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Kilovolts (kV) to Volts (V) Conversion Calculator and Table

Kilovolts (kV) and volts (V) are used to measure voltage or potential difference, and their conversions are simple and straightforward - one just has to remember that "k" stands for "kilo," which is, according to the SI prefixes table, 103 (one thousand) of the main value.

Published: January 8, 2024.

To convert kilovolts to volts, write the value in kilovolts and click 'Calculate':

Kilovolts (kV) to Volts (V)

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How To Convert Kilovolts (kV) to Volts (V)

"k" stands for "kilo" and means "one thousand."  Thus, one kilovolt equals 1000 volts:

1 kV = 1000V

For example, if You want to convert 15.34 kV to volts, You can write:

U(kV) = 15.34 kV = 15.34 * 1000V = 15340V

Kilovolts (kV) to Volts (V) Conversion Table

The following chart contains the most common kilovolts (kV) values converted to volts (V):

Kilovolts (kV) Volts (V)
0.01 10
0.1 100
0.25 250
0.5 500
1 1000
2 2000
3 3000
5 5000
10 10000
50 50000
100 100000


If You wish to convert values that are not in the table, please use the kilovolts to volts conversion calculator.

An Overview of the Volt

Voltage is a key concept in electricity, encapsulated in the unit known as the volt, denoted by 'V.'

It represents the unit of electric potential, electric potential difference, and electromotive force in the International System of Units (SI). To put it simply, a volt is the measure of the electric force that propels electrons through a circuit. It is defined as the difference in electric potential between two points of a conducting wire when an electric current of one ampere dissipates power of one watt between those points (Ohm's Law).

The volt is named after Alessandro Volta, a pioneering Italian physicist whose invention of the voltaic pile in the early 19th century marked a significant milestone in the history of electricity. The voltaic pile was the first device, apart from the Baghdad Battery (external link), to produce a steady electric current and led to rapid advancements in the study and application of electricity.

This breakthrough provided a vital understanding of continuous electric power, which is integral to the concept of voltage.

In everyday life, volts are a standard measure for the electrical potential needed to operate various devices. Household batteries, for example, typically have a potential of 1.5 volts, whereas automotive batteries function at about 12 volts. In contrast, the electrical power transmitted over long distances is done at much higher voltages and then reduced to safer, usable levels for residential and commercial use.

Understanding volts is crucial for grasping the basics of electrical systems. The standardization of this unit has been a significant factor in the evolution and functionality of a wide array of electrical devices and systems, from small personal gadgets to expansive national power grids.