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Liter to Cups - Cups to Liters

Convert Liter to cup (l to cup) or Cup to Liter (cup to l)

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Liter - Cup Converter

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Find out how many liter in a cup and how many cups to liter?

How many liter to cups? (1 lt to cups, cup per liter)

Formula to convert liters to cups:

cups = liters * 4.2267528377

Multiply the number of liters by 4.227.

For example:

To convert 2 liters to cups, multiply 2 by 4.227:

2 liters * 4.227 US cups / liter = 8.454 US cups

How many cups per liter? (l per cup)

Formula to convert cups to liters:

liters = cups * 0.2365882365

Divide the number of cups by 4.227.

For example:

To convert 8.454 cups to liters, divide 8.454 by 4.227:

8.454 US cups / 4.227 US cups / liter = 2 liters

Liters vs Cups: When to Use Each and How to Convert Between Them

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  • A liter is approximately equal to 4.227 cups.
  • A cup is approximately equal to 0.236588 liters
  • A liter is equal to 1 cubic decimeter, while a cup is equal to 8 fluid ounces.
  • The liter is the official unit of volume in the metric system, but the cup is still a widely used unit of volume in the United States.
  • It was originally defined in 1793 as the volume of 1 kilogram of pure water at 4 degrees Celsius. However, this definition was not very precise, so in 1964, the liter was redefined as exactly 1 cubic decimeter.
  • The name "liter" comes from the French word "litre", which means "measure". The litre was first used in France in the late 18th century, and it quickly became the standard unit of volume in the metric system.
  • The cup is a unit of volume in the US customary system, equal to 8 fluid ounces. It is believed to have originated in ancient Mesopotamia, where it was used to measure the volume of liquids and grains.
  • The cup was introduced to Europe by the Romans, and it quickly became a common unit of measurement in Europe and the Americas. In the United States, the cup is the standard unit of volume for measuring ingredients in recipes and for serving food and drinks.
  • The first known liter to cup conversion table was published in 1893 by the United States Bureau of Standards.
  • The cup is not a formally defined unit in the metric system, but it is defined in the United States customary system as 8 fluid ounces.
  • Liter to cup conversion is useful in many applications, such as cooking, baking, bartending, home improvement, and science and engineering.
  • Cooking and baking: Recipes often specify ingredients in cups, so it is helpful to be able to convert liters to cups when using metric recipes.
  • Bartending: Bartenders often use liters to measure ingredients for cocktails, but they may need to convert to cups when using recipes from other countries.
  • Home improvement: When mixing paint or other liquids, it is important to measure the ingredients accurately. Liter to cup conversion can be helpful for this purpose.
  • Science and engineering: Liters and cups are both common units of volume in science and engineering. Liter to cup conversion can be used in a variety of calculations.
  • The liter is a more precise unit of measurement than the cup. This is because the liter is defined in terms of the cubic decimeter, which is a fundamental unit of measurement in the metric system. The cup, on the other hand, is defined in terms of the fluid ounce, which is not a fundamental unit of measurement.
When to use liters:
  • When measuring large volumes of liquids, such as water, milk, or juice.
  • When following recipes from other countries, as liters are the standard unit of volume in the metric system.
  • When mixing paint or other liquids for home improvement projects.
  • When performing science or engineering experiments.
  • A bottle of water typically holds 1 liter.
  • A recipe for a cake from France may call for 2 liters of milk.
  • When mixing paint for a wall, you may need to measure 4 liters of paint.
  • A science experiment may require you to measure 1 liter of water.
When to use cups:
  • When measuring small to medium volumes of liquids, such as cooking oil, coffee, or tea.
  • When following recipes from the United States or other countries that use the US customary system.
  • When measuring ingredients for cocktails or other drinks.
  • When serving food or drinks.
  • A recipe for cookies from the United States may call for 1 cup of butter.
  • A bartender may use a jigger to measure 1 cup of vodka for a cocktail.
  • You may serve a cup of coffee to a guest.
Here is a detailed comparison table of cup and liter, including their advantages and disadvantages
SystemUS customaryMetric
Definition8 fluid ounces1 cubic decimeter
Common usesCooking and baking, serving food and drinksLarge volumes of liquids, recipes from other countries, home improvement, science and engineering.
Approximate conversion1 cup = 0.23658 liters1 liter = 4.227 cups
AccuracyLess accurateMore accurate
PrecisionLess preciseMore precise
Widely usedOnly in the US and a few other countries.More widely used around the world.
Easy to useMore familiar to many peopleLess familiar to some people
AdvantagesEasy to measure with standard kitchen measuring cups.Standard unit of volume in the metric system.
DisadvantagesLess accurate and preciseLess familiar to some people

Liters to Cups Conversion Table

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Liter (l)Cups (imperial)
0.5 l 2.113 cups
0.8 l 3.381 cups
1 l 4.227 cups
1.2 l 5.072 cups
1.25 l 5.283 cups
1.3 l 5.494 cups
1.4 l 5.917 cups
1.5 l 6.340 cups
1.6 l 6.762 cups
1.7 l 7.185 cups
1.75 l 7.396 cups
1.8 l 7.608 cups
1.9 l 8.030 cups
2 l 8.453 cups
2.2 l 9.298 cups
2.5 l 10.566 cups
2.7 l 11.412 cups
2.8 l 11.834 cups
3 l 12.680 cups
3.5 l 14.793 cups
3.8 l 16.061 cups
4 l 16.907 cups
5 l 21.133 cups
6 l 25.360 cups
7 l 29.587 cups
10 l 42.267 cups
15 l 63.401 cups

Cups to Liters Conversion table (cups to l)

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Cups (imperial)Liter (ml)
1 cup 0.237 l
2 cups 0.473 l
3 cups 0.710 l
4 cups 0.946 l
5 cups 1.182 l
6 cups 1.419 l
7 cups 1.656 l
8 cups 1.892 l
9 cups 2.129 l
10 cups 2.365 l
11 cups 2.602 l
12 cups 2.839 l
13 cups 3.075 l
14 cups 3.312 l
15 cups 3.548 l
16 cups 3.785 l
18 cups 4.258 l
20 cups 4.731 l
24 cups 5.678 l
30 cups 7.097 l

Frequently Asked Questions on Liter and Cup Conversion

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  • There are 2 types of cup measures - Metric & Imperial cup Imperial cup is the one used in US. 1 Imperial cup = 236.59 ml. 1 Metric cup = 250 mL.

  • 1 Liter = 4.226 cups.

  • 1 Imperial cup = 0.236 l.

  • 2.113 cups