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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.
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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.

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #20 on: September 09, 2014, 09:40:15 AM »
Here's the one I got from HF:

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2014, 10:02:40 AM »
Maybe I am old fashioned but still using my Maytag watt meter. 30+ years old and of course no longer made. Just like this one.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/VOLT-WATT-METER-VINTAGE-OEM-MAYTAG-MODEL-38519-/121429595976?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c45c49748

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2014, 05:44:36 PM »
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.

Yeah, not looking to buy anything real expensive. Just concerned a little about HF "quality", especially in a $340 generator. I always look at the customer reviews before buying. I`m in there enough we all know each other by first names, so returning it would not be an issue, if need be. And where I live we rarely have a brown out let alone a long black out. It would be used more for camping (2-6 times a year), than an actual emergency. BUT, always be prepared as every boy scout learned.

But if they hold up after such a severe storm like Sandy, it`s probably a decent buy. Just have to sell the Mrs. on it now.

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #23 on: September 09, 2014, 06:02:57 PM »
Maybe I am old fashioned but still using my Maytag watt meter. 30+ years old and of course no longer made. Just like this one.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/VOLT-WATT-METER-VINTAGE-OEM-MAYTAG-MODEL-38519-/121429595976?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c45c49748



TOSG, I`d tip you really good if you busted that out when working on one of my appliances. Not many people appreciate this kind of stuff. Heck I just might bid on that one.

I just love the vintage tools, especially test equipment. Built to last! And made in the USA.  :)

Reminds me of the Bird watt meters I used in the Navy to check power out of the aircraft HF radios I worked on. Disappated the rf energy into a BA dummy load about the size of a small roll-around tool box.

Like this one:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bird-43-Thruline-Watt-Meter-VERY-NICE-/331309291726?pt=US_Radio_Comm_Meters&hash=item4d239298ce
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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #24 on: September 09, 2014, 06:45:41 PM »
I don't use it as much as I use to. Mostly to check old Maytag washers .Don't want to move refrigerators any more as floor damage or crappy water lines. Got a nice board to move them on but it is so big no place to put in my truck. Trying to cut it or figure a way to fold it.

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Re: P3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
« Reply #25 on: September 09, 2014, 11:13:24 PM »
Went to HF tonight and bought me a Kill-A-Watt for $16 and change out the door, using the 20% off coupon.

FYI: they are now on sale for $19.99, marked down from $24.99.

Checked out the generator again too. Sure would look nice in my garage.