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This is a table that shows the watts used by some typical household appliances. Print out this table and calculate the amps needed for each appliance before going to the next step of this game. Watts ÷ Volts = Amps

 

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Appliance

Watts

÷ 120 volts

= Amps

air conditioner, 9,000 BTUs

1050    

answering machine

6

   

blender

200

   

can opener

175

   

chandelier

300

   

clock

4

   

coffee maker

900

   

computer

400

   

corn popper

500

   

curling iron

80

   

fan, ceiling

60

   

fan, window

250

   

frying pan, electric

1150

   

hair dryer

1000

   

ice-cream maker, electric

150

   

iron

1080

   

light bulb, 60-watt

60

   

light bulb, 75-watt

75

   

light bulb, 100-watt

100

   

microwave oven

995

   

printer, computer

60

   

radio

50

   

sewing machine

75

   

space heater

1500

   

toaster

1150

   

toothbrush, electric

10

   

TV

300

   

vacuum cleaner

1220

   

VCR/DVD

30

   

waffle iron

1100

   

Note that large appliances, like stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers, are not included on this list. That’s because each of these appliances draws a lot of current and is therefore on a circuit all by itself.