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P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« on: September 02, 2014, 09:41:56 PM »

Just ordered myself a P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor from Amazon tonight.

A few months ago there was some talk in our private tech-only forum about using a Watt meter to check a refrigerators defrost system.
http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?topic=14578.msg76618#msg76618

I thought about ordering one back then but never did.

The last few days though I have been shopping around for a small generator and they all seem to be rated in watts.

Living in town we are not without power that often and when we are it's just for a short time, but in the last ten years two or three times we have been without power for hours to a few days. During them few times it would have been a life saver to be able to run my sump pump and refrigerator.

Searching online it seems sump pump watt ratings are all over the place, so I thought about this Watt meter again and decided to give one a try. Other then checking out a few sump pumps and maybe playing around with it on a few refrigerators I'm wondering what other practical things I could maybe use it for.

Being a gadget junkie kind of guy I'm really looking to getting my hands on this. Have not purchased any new gadgets in awhile.

Do you have a watt meter and if so what do you use it for?

 

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2014, 11:03:36 PM »
I use mine to monitor KWH to get an idea of the cost to run an appliance. It's also handy to check Power Factor.

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2014, 12:32:45 AM »
I saw this at harbor freight the other day. I might go back with my 20% coupon and try it out.
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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2014, 03:46:43 PM »
Got my watt meter today. Much nicer then I thought it would be.
Really thought it would feel like a cheap plastic piece of junk, but it has a very nice feel to it.


It sure has a lot of good reviews on Amazon if that means anything...









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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2014, 05:32:45 PM »
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I use mine all the time like I mentioned. I can plug it in to a fridge and force a defrost on a fridge and check amp draw with out pulling any covers and seeing a frosted over evap to check the defrost circut.
They do sell it at HF

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2014, 05:56:46 PM »
keithvibe, how long have you had yours? Wondering how it will hold up.

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2014, 06:03:57 PM »
I use mine to monitor KWH to get an idea of the cost to run an appliance. It's also handy to check Power Factor.

Power factor?


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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2014, 06:15:56 PM »
I use mine to monitor KWH to get an idea of the cost to run an appliance. It's also handy to check Power Factor.

Just seen this one...
It does the math for you.

P3 P4455 Power Monitoring for Dummies

Just ordered one. :)

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2014, 06:21:24 PM »
I  Have 3 of these they seem to last.On one of them the amps started reading low so I went and bought another one .then after sitting in the toolbox for a month it started reading the proper amperage again.Radio shack has them on sell from time to time for 20 dollars

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2014, 07:32:53 PM »
Been having all kinds of fun with it. My wife is just rolling her eyes, but you guys understand, right? 


Plugged it into a three speed fan and could see the watts change with each change in fan speed.
Have it connected to my printer now. The one that just sits there plugged in all the time. May drive me crazy once I start figuring what it cost to have all my junk plugged in just sitting there 24/7, lol...


Uploaded the manuals to our google drive, only seemed natural. ;)


P4400 Kill A Watt Operation Manual


P4460 Kill A Watt EZ Operation Manual