Converting watts to volts requires one more element in order to find the correct answer as stated in the power equation of 1 watt = 1 volt times 1 ampere. Watt is a product of power in which two elements, volts and amperage, are required for finding electrical consumption. By using a clamp-on ammeter for AC (alternating current) circuits or an inline (series) ammeter for DC (direct current) circuits, you can convert watts to volts.
Place the AC ammeter around one of the power wires in an AC circuit. This can be either the hot wire or the neutral common wire in the circuit. Both of these wires will carry the current or amperage for the electrical circuit.
Convert the wattage of 1000 watts into volts for a circuit that has an amperage of 10 amperes. Using the power equation of 1 watt = 1 ampere x 1 volt and translating that formula to find volts, you end up with 1 volt = 1 watt / 1 ampere. Divide 1000 watts by 10 amperes and the resultant voltage would equal 100 volts.
Install the inline ammeter into the DC circuit by placing the meter in series with one of the electrical circuit wires. Again this meter can be placed on either the positive (+) wire or the negative (-) wire of the direct current circuit. All power though must pass through the inline series ammeter.
Find the voltage in the direct current circuit of 480 watts with an amperage reading of 15 amperes. Using the translated formula of volts = watts / amperes, 480 watts / 15 ampere would equal 32 volts.
Generally the nameplate of most devices would list all of the above ratings in watts, volts and amperes. Smaller electrical circuits, though, may not list any specifications, and test equipment would be used to find the needed values.