Pounds vs. Kilos

Difference Between Pounds and Kilos

After the adoption of SI system of measurement in 1959, the world has accepted kilogram as the unit of measurement of weight. Yet there are countries like the U.S. and the UK who still cling to imperial system of stone and pounds. The relationship between a pound and one kilogram will be discussed in this article including a few interesting facts.
1 kilogram is the standard unit of weight in SI system and it is considered to be the mass of a liter of water which is the International Prototype Kilogram. In fact, the kilogram is a unit of mass, not weight as the weight of a person is the product of mass of his body and gravity of earth there. IPK is a rod like structure made ​​of platinum iridium which is in the shape of a cylinder and weighs exactly 1 kg. The International Bureau of Weights and Measures, France has it safe in a vault.

Pound is a popular unit of measurement of weight in the imperial system (the other being two ounces and stone). As pound is also the unit of British currency, for proper distinguishing and usage of pound, lb is used as short form of pound in weight. The abbreviation for this unit has its association with the Roman balance. As there are many different forms of a pound used in different countries, the pound has been named as International Avoirdupois Pound which is equal to 0.45359237 kilograms. As a conversion that is hard to remember, you can use a simple conversion which is a rough value of the pound.

1 pound (lb) = 450g




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