power supply meter

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  1. jgee

    jgee Read Only Funster

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    when on hook up is there meter you can buy that when plugged into a socket it would show you the actual amperage you are consuming is there such a device:Smile:
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Two ways.....

    A 13A plug in unit that shows what current is flowing through it - difficult to use for the hook up lead.

    A clamp on sensor which requires that you fit the little clamp/transmitter round the main live feed to the van. You need to work inside your consumer unit to get at the wire, or maybe the wall mounted plug where you plug your hook-up into.

    All on the maplin web site.
     
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    Yes. It's called an Owl Power Monitor. It's available from Argos for about £30 and is WELL worth it.
    I bought one on the recomendation of ScotJimLand and even tho I'm very good at juggling/balancing power usage from experience, I've still found it to be an EXTREMELY usefull bit of kit to have.
    It's wireless, easy to fit and extremely acurate.
     
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    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    Southern Electric were giving them away for free!

    I fitted one and wife removed it!

    Peter
     
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    As previous suggestions,

    I bought an Owl about 18 months ago for the RV but now use it indoors.. great bit of kit.. :thumb:

    I bought from Argos, but Tesco Direct have it cheaper
    http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.206-0054.aspx

    Not so long ago they had them 'in store' on offer .. worth checking
     
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    i use the owl monitor and it is good....

    it doesnt show amps but does show Kilowatts
    an easy conversion to amps though.

    1kw = 4.34amps @ 230v....4.16amps @ 240v

    divide kw by volts = amps
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Correct John..

    but you can set the alarm to go off when you reach say 16A

    16A x 230V = 3.68 kw

    I set mine to alarm at 3.6kw which allows for any errors .. also lets you switch off before it trips..

    For lower amp supplies you must remember to reset the alarm, so a 10A ehu would be set at 2.3kw
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    very true Jim but as i havent used mine in the van yet i forgot about the alarm function. :Doh:
     
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