AC Sine Wave

"Tell me about the Power Factor Video"

To understand Power Factor, we must first understand the alternating current (AC) sine wave. It is the basis for AC systems and is quite simple. (Refer to the graphic below)

The voltage in an AC system pushes the current in one direction and then pushes in the reverse direction. A full cycle is one complete change of directions and then returning to the beginning. This happens 60 times in a second...thus 60 cycles per second (or 50, depending on your part of the world). Each complete cycle is considered to go from 0 to 360 degrees (in all parts of the world).

That was easy!