# power factor

## Definitions

### Construction

- A calculation, expressed as a percentage, that relates the volt amperes of an AC circuit, or the apparent power, to the wattage, or the true power. In essence, it provides a measurement of how effectively electrical power is being used. A higher power factor means a more effective use of electrical power.

### Electronics

- In an
__AC circuit__, the __ratio__ of the true power to the apparent power. If both the __voltage__ and the current are __sinusoidal__, the power factor is equal to the cosine of the phase angle between them. If both the voltage and the current are in phase, then the power factor is __I__. Its abbreviation is PF. - acronymPF

- abbreviation in
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