Single Phase Voltage Drop Formula
The voltage drop formula for single phase systems is the following:
VD = The voltage drop of the circuit, in volts.
R = The resistance of the conductor.
I = Amps.
L = Length of the circuit from power supply to load.
CM = Circular-Mils (conductor wire gauge)
• The National Electric Code recommends a maximum 3% voltage drop for branch circuits. Voltage drop can be decreased by increasing the wire gauge, decreasing the load current, or decreasing the length between the power supply and the load.
• As a reference, a one circular mil, one foot long conductor has a resistance of 12.9 Ohms (copper) or 21.2 (aluminum) at an operating temperature of 75 C).
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