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# What is the var meter?

What Does a VAR Meter Do? .
A VAR Meter is used to measure Reactive Power in AC Circuits - Pure reactive components dissipate zero power, which makes sense in a DC circuit,… as a capacitor passes no DC current and an inductor displaces no voltage. Yet, in an AC circuit, the reactive components "seem" to dissipate power, as current passes through the capacitor and the inductor sees a voltage drop. This counterfeit power is called "reactive power" and is measured not in Watts, but in VARs (Volt-Amps-Reactive). Its mathematical formula symbol is "Q". .
What Does a VAR Meter Do? .
A VAR Meter is used to measure Reactive Power in AC Circuits - Pure reactive components dissipate zero power, which makes sense in a DC circuit, as a capacitor passes no DC current and an inductor displaces no voltage. Yet, in an AC circuit, the reactive components "seem" to dissipate power, as current passes through the capacitor and the inductor sees a voltage drop. This counterfeit power is called "reactive power" and is measured not in Watts, but in VARs (Volt-Amps-Reactive). Its mathematical formula symbol is "Q". ( Full Answer )