Current-Using Equipment: What it is, Definition, Examples

Current-using equipment: electrical equipment intended to convert electrical energy into another form of energy [SOURCE: IEC 60050-826:2004, 826-16-02, modified].

Let’s refer to the book [2], in which Y.V. Kharechko gives examples of current-using equipments:

« Current-using equipments is the predominant part of electrical equipment, which is used to convert electrical energy into mechanical, thermal, light and other types of energy. As an example, current-using equipments include such electrical equipment as electric motors, electric heaters, electric lamps, the vast majority of household electrical equipment: electric stoves, hair dryers, irons, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, etc. »

Electric iron current-using-equipment
Electric iron – example current-using-equipment

Also in the book [2] you can find examples of electrical equipment that cannot be current-using equipments :

« Generators, power characteristic converters (e.g. frequency converters), transformers, clamps, plugs, busbars, protective devices, measuring instruments, switchgear and generally cable products are not electrical consumers because they are used to generate, modify, transmit and distribute electrical energy, not to convert it to another form of energy. »


  • IEC 60050-826:2004
  • Kharechko Y.V. Concise Terminological Dictionary of Low Voltage Electrical Installations. Part 2 // Appendix to the journal “Library of the safety engineer”. – 2012. – № 4. – 160 c. Personal English translation by the author of this article.