Kilos to Pounds: Convert units like an expert

# Kilos to Pounds: Convert units like an expert

Knowing how to convert units is a very useful tool, since it is something that is used on a daily basis. In this article you will quickly learn how to convert units, specifically from Kilos to Pounds and from Pounds to Kilos, through three methods.

## Key information:

We can convert units through a basic formula, use the CONVERT function or through the Ninja unit converter. In this article we will convert from Kilos to Pounds and vice versa.

## How to convert from Kilos to Pounds

To convert units, such as converting from Kilos to Pounds and from Pounds to Kilos, it can be done in three ways: through a simple formula, using the CONVERT function or using the Ninja Unit Converter. Let's look at each method.

## Way 1: Convert units with formula

This way consists of using a mathematical equation to transform units of measurement, that is, we will transform units through a simple equation. We will see how to convert from Pounds to Kilos and then, from Kilos to Pounds.

### From Pounds to Kilos

First, we want to know how many Kilos are equivalent to 5 Pounds of potatoes. For this, we need to know that:

1 Kilo is equivalent to 2.20462 Pounds.

To find the number of Kilos, we must divide the number of Pounds by 2.20462, since in this way we convert Pounds into Kilos.

Therefore, in this case, we must multiply (1×5) and divide by 2.20462.

That is, the equation used is:

The result we will obtain will be:

Therefore, 5 Pounds of potatoes are equivalent to approximately 2.27 Kilos of potatoes.

### From Kilos to Pounds

Now, we want to know how many pounds are equivalent to 2 kilos of potatoes. For this, we need to know that:

1 Pound is equivalent to 0.453592 Kilos.

Again, we use the rule of three, but in this case, we must multiply (1×3) and divide it by 0.453592.

That is, the equation used is:

The result we will obtain will be:

Therefore, 2 Kilos of potatoes are equivalent to approximately 4.41 Pounds of potatoes.

## Way 2: Convert units with the CONVERT function

This way consists of using Excel's CONVERT function. This function allows you to transform numerical values from one unit of measurement to another, that is, it allows you to change the unit of measurement quickly and easily, such as, for example, from Kilos to Pounds.

First of all, let's get to know this function.

• Purpose: The CONVERT function allows us to transform from one unit of measurement to another.
• Syntax:​​​​​​ =CONVERT(number; from_unit; to_unit)
• Arguments:
• number: Number to be converted.
• from_unit: Unit that corresponds to the number.
• a_unit: Unit to which we want to convert.

Tip Ninja: The arguments from_unit and to_unit, being the units of measurement, must be enclosed in quotes, since they correspond to text.

As we are looking to convert Kilo and Pound, we must know that the abbreviation for the unit of measurement Kilo is “kg” and for Pound is “lbm”. We will see how to convert from Pounds to Kilos and then, from Kilos to Pounds.

### From Pounds to Kilos

First, we want to know how many Kilos are equivalent to 20 Pounds of tomatoes.

Therefore, we want to go from lbm to kg, with the number argument being the cell that contains the number “20”.

The elements of the function are:

• number: E2
• from_unit: “lbm”
• a_unit: “kg”

That is, the CONVERT function is:

The result we will obtain will be:

That is, 20 Pounds are equivalent to approximately 9.1 Kilos of tomatoes.

### From Kilos to Pounds

Now, we want to know how many Pounds are equivalent to 10 Kilos of tomatoes.

Therefore, we want to go from kg to lbm, with the number argument being the cell that contains the number “10”.

The elements of the function are:

• number: B2
• from_unit: “kg”
• a_unit: “lbm”

That is, the CONVERT function is:

The result we will obtain will be:

That is, 10 Kilos are equivalent to approximately 22 Pounds of tomatoes.

## Way 3: Convert units with Ninja Converter

Since we are converting Kilos and Pounds, we must select the “Mass” category from the list of measurement unit types.

When selecting “Mass” the categories in cells B8 and D8 contain only mass unit types.

Tip Ninja: If you want to create your own unit converter, we recommend you visit the blog VBA, where they will teach you how to program macros in Excel.

We will see how to convert from Pounds to Kilos and then, from Kilos to Pounds through the Ninja converter.

### From Pounds to Kilos

First, we want to know how many Kilos are equivalent to 7 Pounds of apples.

For this, we must change the unit categories of cells B8 and D8 of the converter. As we are looking to transform Pounds to Kilos, we select “Pound” in the list in cell B8 and “Kilogram” in the list in cell D8.

Finally, since we are looking to convert 7 Pounds of apples to Kilos, we must write “7” in cell B7.

That is, 7 Pounds are equivalent to approximately 3.18 Kilos of apples.

### From Kilos to Pounds

Now, we want to know how many Pounds are equivalent to 15 Kilos of apples.

To do this, we must perform the same steps, but since we want to convert from Kilos to Pounds, we must change the mass units of cells B8 and D8.

Therefore, we obtain the following result:

That is, 15 Kilos are equivalent to approximately 33.1 Pounds of apples.

## Common mistakes

* #N/D

This error occurs when the arguments of the CONVERT function have some error. We recommend you review:

1. Check that some type of unit was determined in the from_unit and to_unit arguments.
2. Check that you are converting to units from the same category, for example, mass or length.

Ninja Tip:  You can use the IF.ERROR or IF.ND functions to handle errors.

#### Fernanda Lira

Fernanda is a strategy and development analyst, she trained as a commercial engineer at the Universidad Católica de Chile and also as a mathematics professor at the Universidad de los Andes.

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