Liters to Gallons Conversion

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Liters to Gallons Conversion: Introduction

Gallons and liters are two common units used to measure liquid volume. The liter is the unit of volume in the metric system, which is also accepted in the S.I. system, while the gallon is the customary unit. Most countries in the world follow the metric system. The U.S. uses customary units like pints, quarts, and gallons. 

Definition of Liter

A liter is a metric unit of volume primarily used to measure liquids. The abbreviation of a liter is “L” or “l.” Smaller quantities of liquid are measured in milliliters (mL). 1 liter is equal to 1000 milliliters.

Definition of Gallon

A gallon is a unit of measurement for liquids that is equal to eight pints or 3.785 liters. The gallon is a US customary unit of volume. It is also used in the imperial system of measurement. The American gallon is a smaller unit of volume and has a different conversion factor.

Gallon can be abbreviated as gal; for example, 1 gallon can be written as 1 gal. A US gallon can be written as “US gal.”

Check out the Liters to Gallons Conversion Calculator, which can be used to convert any measurement in liters easily into its gallon equivalent. 

How to Use the Liters to Gallons Conversion Calculator?

The steps to use the liters to gallons calculator are simple.

  1. Open the calculator. 
  2. To convert a volume given in liters into gallons, type in the number of liters in the From box.
  3. The equivalent value in the US gallons will automatically show up in the To box.

Liters to Gallons: Formula

The formula for converting liters to gallons is given as: 

Gallons  $=$ Liters $\times$ 0.264172

Liters to gallons formula

Thus, there are about 0.264 gallons in one liter. 

1 liter $= 0.264172$ US gallons

How many liters are there in a gallon? Let’s find out. One US gallon equals 3.785 liters. 

1 US gallon $= 3.785$ liters 

How to Convert Liters to US Gallons

Converting liters to gallons is really easy! First, you need to know how many gallons there are to a liter. There are 0.264172 gallons per liter.

1 liter $= 0.264172$ gallons

Therefore, we just multiply the liters by 0.264172 (or divide by 3.785 since $\frac{1}{3.785} = 0.2642$).

The liters to gallons formula is given as,

Gallons $= 0.264172 \times$ liters. 

Example: Let’s assume you need to convert 10 liters to gallons. Simply multiply the amount you have (10 liters) by the conversion factor: 10 liters $\times$ 0.264 gallons equals 2.64 gallons. 

So, 10 liters $= 2.64$ gallons

Liters to US Gallons: Conversion Table

Liters to gallons conversion chart

Fun Facts!

  • British and American gallons are not the same. The American gallon is a smaller unit of volume and has a different conversion factor. 

1 liter $= 0.219969$ imperial gallons

  • The liter is an SI accepted unit for volume for use with the metric system. Liters can be abbreviated as l, and are also sometimes abbreviated as L or $ℓ$. For example, 1 liter can be written as 1 l, 1 L, or 1 $ℓ$.
  • The gallon is a US customary unit of volume. Gallons can be abbreviated as gal; for example, 1 gallon can be written as 1 gal.
  • Gallons (and their related units) are primarily used in the United States, the United Kingdom, and their territories. Most other countries use liters for measurements of volume and capacity.
  • The formula for converting liters to gallons is given as: 

            Gallons  $=$  Liters $\times 0.264172$

  • A gallon of milk weighs more than a gallon of water because of the fat content.

Conclusion 

In this article, we learned that there are 3.785411784 liters in 1 US Gallon. Now that we know the relationship between liters and gallons, let’s look at some examples so that you can understand the process better.

Solved Examples

1. A container can hold 20 liters of petrol. Find its volume in gallons.

Solution:

The volume of the given container $= 20$ liters

Using the liters to gallons formula,

Gallons $= 0.264172 \times$ liters

Thus, 20 liters $= (0.264172 \times 20)$ gallons

             $= 5.28344$ gallons

Thus, the volume of the container is 5.28344 gallons.

2. Convert 3 liters to gallons.

Solution: 

To find: the value of 3 liters in gallons

Using liters to gallon formula,

Gallons $= 0.264172 \times$ liters

Gallons $= 0.264172 \times 3$

             $= 0.792516$

Thus, 3 liters $=  0.792516$ gallons

3. A barrel can hold 60 gallons of water. How many liters of water can the barrel hold?

Solution: 

Capacity of the barrel $= 60$ gallons

We know that, 1 liter $= 0.264172$ US gallons 

Thus, 1 US gallon $ \simeq 3.785$ liters

Thus, 60 US gallons $= (60 \times 3.785)$ liters $= 227.1$ liters

Thus, the barrel can hold 227.1 liters of water.

4. A diesel tanker can hold 6000 liters of diesel. Find out the gallons of diesel that the tanker can hold.

Solution:

The diesel tanker can hold 6000 liters of diesel.

Using liters to gallon formula,

Gallons $= 0.264172 \times$ liters

So, 6000 liters $= 6000 \times 0.264172$ gallons 

                        $= 1585.032$ gallons

Therefore, the tanker can hold 1585.032 gallons of diesel.

5. Jane uses 3 liters of water for cooking and 1000 liters for other purposes. Find out the total usage of water in gallons.

Solution: 

Usage of water, cooking $= 3$L

              Other purposes $= 1000$L

To find: Total use of water in gallons

Total usage of water $= 3$L $+ 1000$ L $= 1003$ L 

Using liters to gallon formula,

Gallons $= 0.264172 \times$ liters

Gallons $= 0.264172 \times 1003 = 264.96$ gallons

Thus, the total usage of water is 264.96 gallons.

Practice Problems

Liters to Gallons Conversion

Attend this quiz & Test your knowledge.

1

The liters to gallons formula is given as, gallons $=$ __________ $\times$ liters.

0.254172
0.364172
0.164172
0.264172
CorrectIncorrect
Correct answer is: 0.264172
1 Liter $= 0.264172$ gallons. Thus, the liters to gallons formula is given as,
Gallons $= 0.264172 \times$ liters.
2

1 gallon $=$ _________ liters

3.785
3.585
0.3785
0.264
CorrectIncorrect
Correct answer is: 3.785
In US measurements, a gallon is 3.785 liters
3

Gallons is abbreviated as ________.

gall
G
ga
gal
CorrectIncorrect
Correct answer is: gal
Gallons can be abbreviated as gal; for example, 1 gallon can be written as 1 gal.
4

The capacity of a bottle is 3.785 liters, and the capacity of a jug is 1 gallon. Which container has more capacity?

Bottle
Jug
Both have same capacity
None of these
CorrectIncorrect
Correct answer is: Both have same capacity
One US gallon is 3.785 liters. Thus, both the containers have the same capacity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Not exactly. 4 liters is more than a gallon. In mathematical terms, 4 liters is equivalent to 1.06 gallons, slightly more than 1 gallon.

One gallon is equivalent to approximately 3.78541 liters. Therefore, a gallon is bigger than 3 liters.

Comparing imperial gallon to US gallon

The imperial gallon is a unit of volume in the imperial system of units, where the US gallon is used exclusively in the United States. The imperial gallon is $20\%$ larger than the US gallon

1 US liquid gallon $= 0.832674$ imperial gallon

Depends on what measurement system you are using for the gallon. One imperial gallon is 4.54 liters so in that case the gallon is greater but one US gallon is only 3.79 liters so in that case the liters is bigger. You have to state your units of measurement to make the decision.

In US, 4 liters is little more than one gallon, 4 L $= 1.05669$ gallon

In UK, 4 liters is little less than one gallon, 4 L $= 0.879877$ gallon

In modern times, various types of “gallons” have been reduced to only two types: the United States gallons and the United Kingdom gallons.

In the United States of America, there are two types of “gallons”: Liquid Gallons and Dry Gallons.

Unlike the US, the United Kingdom has only one type of “gallon.”

The UK gallon is also called “imperial gallon” or “British gallon.”

These three types are commonly used to measure and store fuel, oil, milk, paint, and many more things.