# Reactive Energy Converter

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See Power factor to learn about the rating system for gun cartridges (shooting sports).

Diagram illustrating the computation of power factor

The ratio of the actual power absorbed by the load to the apparent power flowing in the circuit is known as the power factor in electrical engineering.

Real power, which reflects the ability of electricity to accomplish work, is the average of the instantaneous product of voltage and current.

RMS current and voltage combine to form apparent power.

The apparent power may be higher than the actual power either to energy stored in the load that is returned to the source or due to non-linear load that alters the wave form of the current drawn from the source, thus more

See Power factor to learn about the rating system for gun cartridges (shooting sports).

Diagram illustrating the computation of power factor

As a result, the circuit is carrying more current than would be necessary to transport real power alone. When the voltage and current are out of phase, the average product of the two is reduced, and this is shown by a power factor magnitude of less than one. When a device—typically the load—generates actual power, that power flows back toward the source, resulting in a negative power factor.
For the same amount of useable power delivered, a load in an electric power system with a low power factor requires more current than a load with a high power factor. Higher currents result in more energy being wasted through the distribution system and demand

See Power factor to learn about the rating system for gun cartridges (shooting sports).

Diagram illustrating the computation of power factor

As a result, the circuit is carrying more current than would be necessary to transport real power alone. When the voltage and current are out of phase, the average product of the two is reduced, and this is shown by a power factor magnitude of less than one. When a device—typically the load—generates actual power, that power flows back toward the source, resulting in a negative power factor.
For the same amount of useable power delivered, a load in an electric power system with a low power factor requires more current than a load with a high power factor. Higher currents result in more energy being wasted through the distribution system and demand