Really great price for a great peice of equipment! I mostly purchased this item to test Wattage of various equipment. I originally looked at The original "Kill-A-Watt". As it's a very popular instrument for telling Voltage, Wattage, Amps.. Lately, the Original had terrible reviews! Apparently, the newer one's not what the Original Kill-a-Watt was. MANY REVIEWS FOR THIS SAY "GREAT"! LIKE THE ORIGINAL "KILL-A-WATT!"!! AND I'M PLENTY SATISFIED SO FAR!
Easy to use, convenient, love it. Took a few minutes to read instructions and hook it up. So far shows that my mini-fridge is using 25KWh/mo. Tomorrow will start a check on my big fridge, will need a 3' extension cord with a low profile plug since the outlet is right behind the fridge and the fridge is right up against the outlet.
I love that it has battery backup, an overload warning, and is so very convenient. All I want is KWh, but will also display amperes, volts, and energy cost (from the electricity rate you enter in it).
This is a nice meter and works well for reading the wattage consumed by devices. I bought this meter to check the wattage being used by the lights in my grow room. Before I had the meter I was just using the manufacture's numbers to determine if the wattage used was near the max for the 20 amp circuit I have feeding the lights. Those numbers turned out to not be very accurate.
I was not popping breakers, but to me that is not a good indicator. If a breaker does not pop you could still have an unsafe situation. Now I have a little peace of mind knowing I am operating within safe limits and I can move the lights around to ensure the load is balanced and not excessive on any one circuit. I just leave it plugged in with the light timer in the outlet so I get a total, including the timer, of the load on the main circuit I use for the lights in the grow tent.
I have two reasons why this light did not get five stars. The main one being it's not readable from even the slightest angle. So when I was going around my house checking various circuits I had to get down on my knees and be directly in front of the screen to see the numbers. And I mean directly in front. As little as maybe a 15 degree angle in any direction and you can't read the display. The second issue is they should have made the plug rotatable so you could flip it with the ground plug up or down. Some of the outlets in my house have the ground plug down and some up for various reasons, and as there is no code, at least not in Michigan, dictating the direction of the ground this should have been taken into consideration. Especially considering the display is difficult to read from an angle which just exacerbates the issue.
The meter has other features I do not use so I can't comment on them, but it does what I need it to do so I am happy with the purchase. If you are purchasing this meter to leave in one spot or check outlets every now and then, I can recommend it, however, if you are purchasing this meter to use for checking outlets on a daily basis, I would suggest you find one that has a better display.
I am surprised to find that my 1250 -watts Panasonic Microwave actually uses 2000 watts electricity. I am glad to find the fact since I will not try a 12 volt- 120 volts inverter to power the microwave up. It uses too much energy. I also tested my fan uses 100 watts maximum and my 13 watts led light actually uses 15 watts.
It is annoying that you must read it straight in front of it to see the readings. I wish it come with a backlight and I would pay a few dollars more for the light.
Had a Killowatt first, the thing like burnt/melted at the plugin area. This thing I've had no issues with so far and has a better display and a few functions.
Talking to Killowatt about the failed unit I had, they seemed to not care one bit once they quickly asked if it was still in warranty and found out it was no longer in warranty... If the thing is showing a possible fire hazard, you would think they would want to find out more so and probably inspect the defective unit to try to eliminate potential serious problems such as an electrical fire, but nope.
The U.S Department of Energy reports that 20% of our electric bills come from items that are left plugged in when they are not in use or items that are in standby mode. Now you can cut down on costs and find out which appliances are actually worth keeping plugged in. Simply connect these appliances to the power meter, and it will assess how efficient they really are. The large LCD display counts consumption by kilowatts per hour, the same as your local utility company. You can calculate your electrical expenses or check the quality of your power by monitoring voltage, wattage, current strength, CO₂ usage, and more. Now you’ll know if you should replace that old air conditioner or refrigerator with a newer model that offers better energy efficiency. The BALDR Power Meter can not only help reduce your home power bill but also protect your valuables with its overload warning feature. Also, with built-in battery backup, it will save your electricity usage readings, cost readings, and all settings in case of a power outage.
- Large LCD display makes for easy viewing
- Calculate your electrical expenses or check the quality of your power by monitoring voltage, wattage, current strength, CO₂ usage, and more
- Features overload protection, warning you when the unit is drawing more electricity than a circuit can safely handle
- Reset button can be used to fix an abnormal display screen or non-responsive buttons
- Includes built-in battery backup to save your electricity usage readings, cost readings, and all settings during a power outage
|For EU & UK Plug Technical Parameter||For US Plug Technical Parameter|
|Voltage: 230Vac/50Hz||Voltage: 125Vac/60Hz|
|Max load current: 16A||Max load current: 10A|
|Max load power: 3680W||Max load power: 1250W|
|Package contains:1pcx Plug Energy Meter||Package contains:1pcx Plug Energy Meter|
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