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Author Topic: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor  (Read 9126 times)

Offline schleven

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2014, 08:39:59 PM »

Been having all kinds of fun with it. My wife is just rolling her eyes, but you guys understand, right? 
Yep, sheesh, now I have to buy one...
"It's not what happens to you, it's what you do about it"

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2014, 09:03:34 PM »
 :)

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2014, 01:38:18 AM »
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?
Basically efficiency. A purely resistive load has a power factor of 1, which means 100% of the power consumed goes to heat. Inductive loads such as motors can't use 100% of the power coming in and have a lower power factor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_factor

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2014, 05:22:25 AM »
I have been using mine for about a year now. I have a co-worker using the same one for about 9yrs. He was the one who suggested I pick one up so I can check the older maytag defrost circut that is burried in the freezer floor and fresh food roof.
I use it to show customers the benifits of cleaning coils more than anything. I will plug it in and show the customer the watts and amps it's currently using when dirty. Then clean the coils and show them again. They are usually very shocked at how little dust it takes to effect the fridge.

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2014, 09:59:11 AM »
Yep, sheesh, now I have to buy one... I know the feeling.Just did. I am going to review my new steamers and my new dryer tester and my new pliers,and then my new tool backback. AJ I understand the gadget obsession. Anyone using a phone booster in there service vehicle, and if so what kind.

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2014, 07:48:34 PM »
Received my other watt meter today. Also fired up my new generator tonight for the first time, what fun!





I should not feel so helpless now the next time the power goes out for a extended period of time, if it ever does.
Would not surprise me if I never even see a power flicker now, lol...




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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2014, 08:33:21 PM »
AJ, what kind of generator did you buy? I'm thinking about getting one too. What do think about yours?

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2014, 09:09:56 PM »
I went with a Generac GP6500E. I only have 15 minutes of run time on it so far, but it seems well built and was in my price range.

I liked that it had a hour meter to help keep track of maintenance and electric start along with the 6500 Running Watts/ 8125 Max. I looked at some cheaper ones and they just seemed lighter built. Also some of the generators I looked at seem to print the Max watts on the side and running watts was less.

For example, a Honday 2000i is rated for 1600 running watts and 2000 Max watts.
http://powerequipment.honda.com/generators/models/eu2000i

If money was no object I would have loved to by a Honda, but a 3000 watt Honda was $2,000 and they just went up from there.

I don't plan on running it a lot, just for home emergencies. If I was going to buy one that I was going to use a lot for say camping or what have you I probably would have went with a Honda.

http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?topic=15281.msg80542#msg80542

What do you plan on using a generator for?

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2014, 02:52:00 AM »
Nothing fancy. It would be for emergencies and camping. Yep, that 6500 looks real cool. Good choice. And the price isn`t bad either.

Those Honda generators sure are sweet. Way over my price range though.

I have a HF store close by and I'm thinking as much as I would use it (or not use it), that would be the way to go. I`ve had my eye on this one for awhile:

http://www.harborfreight.com/engines-generators/gas-engine-generators/4000-peak3200-running-watts-65-hp-212cc-generator-epa-69676.html

And the customer reviews are pretty good. At 3200W continuous, that would suit my needs just fine.
« Last Edit: September 09, 2014, 02:55:07 AM by tch_tech »

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #19 on: September 09, 2014, 06:13:37 AM »
tch_tech
I know several people who used those gennys after Sandy came though the area. No issues at all they all performed very well and no one I know had any issues with them. I know one guy who has 4 of them and uses them quite a bit to run oil furnaces when the power goes out.