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kg to lb | Kilograms to Pounds Conversion

Kilograms to Pounds

= 2.20462262 lb
≈ 2 lb 3.27 oz

Multiply by 2.205
for quick conversions

kg × 2.205 = lb


To convert kg to lb, use the conversion factor

1 kg = 2.20462262 lb

Then divide both sides of the equation by kg, to get the conversion ratio

1 = 2.20462262 lb / kg

Using the conversion ratio to complete the unit conversion, basically multiplying the input by 1, the kg units cancel out, and we are left with lb units.

1 kg × 2.20462262 lb / kg
= 2.20462262 lb

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Convert kilograms to pounds, and kilograms to pounds and ounces, that is, avoirdupois pounds. Also do conversions among just ounces or grams. Generate a conversion factor and use this factor to do quick conversions from kg to lb with approximate results.

Kilograms (kg) to Pounds (lb) Formula

Pounds is equal to kilograms multiplied by 2.205 because 1 kilogram = 2.205 pounds. (1 kg ≈ 2 lb 3.27 oz)

kg × 2.205 = lb

Formula to convert kilograms kg to pounds lb to, lb = kg × 2.205

Alternatively, take the reciprocol of 2.205 or 1/2.205 ≈ 0.4536, and you can now say pounds is equal to kilograms divided by 0.4536.

kg ÷ 0.4536 = lb

Formula to convert pounds lb to kilograms kg, kg = lb × 0.4536

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Understand the conversion of kilograms (kg) to pounds (lb)

Since 1 kilogram equals 2.205 pounds we can write this as an equation and create a conversion ratio.

1 kg = 2.205 lb

Divide both sides by 1 kilogram to get 1 equals 2.205 pounds per kilogram

1 = 2.205 lb/kg

If we have 50 kg and multiply by 1 we do not change the mass of the object.

Likewise, if we multiply 50 kg by 2.205 lb/kg, the lb cancels and the multiplication gives us 110.25 lb. The mass has not changed, we only converted the units. Simply put,

Multiply kilograms by 2.205

Similarly, you can show that 1 = 0.4536 kg/lb and 50 kg ÷ 0.4536 kg/lb ≈ 110.23 lb, essentially the same amount. Simply put,

Divide kilograms by 0.4536

1 pound is equal to exactly 0.45359237 kilograms (453.59237 grams). The factor 2.205 is obtained by calculating 1/0.45359237 and rounding to three decimal places. We use this to say 1 kilogram is about 2.205 pounds. Since there are exactly 0.45359237 kg/lb, we can convert between these units with more accuracy as follows:

Pounds equals kilograms divided by 0.45359237 kilograms per pound or,

lb = kg ÷ 0.45359237 kg/lb

Example: 70 Kilograms to Pounds

You weigh 70 kg, but you need to fill out a form with your weight in pounds. Convert 70 kg to lb.

70 kg ÷ 0.45359237 kg/lb

= 70 kg ÷ 0.45359237 kg/lb ≈ 154.32 lb or 154 lb 5.18 oz.

and rounding to 154 lbs is close enough.


The kilogram is a base unit of mass in the International System of Units and has the symbol kg. The kilogram is widely used in the context of science, as opposed to pounds, and more commonly in everyday use. Is used in some countries, where weights of groceries, cooking measures, body weight and goods are expressed in grams and kilograms. 1 kilogram is about 2.20462 avoirdupois pounds.

Pound (avoirdupois)

A pound is a unit of mass and has the symbol lb. The pound is a unit of mass in the British imperial system of units and United States customary units where there are exactly 16 avoirdupois ounces in 1 avoirdupois pound. Pounds and ounces are commonly used for everyday weighing and measuring purposes such as groceries, body weight and the trade of goods. The avoirdupois pound is defined as exactly 0.45359237 kilograms. 1 lb = 0.45359237 kg.


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Last updated: August 21, 2023

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