- A rated or named value, stating the current that a component, circuit, device, piece of equipment, system consumes, produces, or safely tolerates, when used in a given manner. For example, it may be a rating of the current drawn expressed in RMS amperes after a device is turned on and warmed up. The actual value, or interval of values, may not coincide with this number. Also called nominal current.
- The maximum current that can be applied continuously under specified conditions without harming a component, circuit, device, piece of equipment, or system. Also called maximum current (2).