kg to lbs

There are 2.204623 pounds (lbs) in 1 kilogram (kg). Both pounds and kilograms are units of mass/weight. Pounds are used in the imperial and US customary systems of measurement, while kilograms are the base unit of mass in the International System of Units (SI).

Pounds are the primary unit of weight used in the United States for everyday purposes. They are not used much anymore in the United Kingdom (UK), since the UK started the process of metrication back in 1965. Both countries use the kilogram as well in many contexts such as science, the military, industry, and more. This is to provide consistency when communicating with other countries, since most other countries use the kilogram as their measurement of mass/weight, rather than the pound or other units of weight.

kg to lbs conversion

The following converter can be used to convert from kilograms to pounds. Just enter a value in either kilograms or pounds to convert between the two.


Kilograms to pounds conversion explanation

To convert from kilograms to pounds we need to use the following relationship:

1 kg = 2.204623 lbs

1 lb = 0.45359 kg

Based on this relationship, we need to multiply a measurement in kilograms by 2.204623 to convert it to pounds, or divide a measurement in pounds by 2.2046234 to convert it to kilograms. We could also multiply a measurement in pounds by 0.45359 to convert it to kilograms; it is the same thing.


1. Convert 55 kilograms to pounds:

55 kg × 2.204623 = 121.25 lbs

2. Convert 170 pounds to kilograms:

170 lbs ÷ 2.204623 = 77.111 kg