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As I have said in the past I really wanted a kill-a-watt meter for quite some time. However, as cool as I thought they were I expected they would be rather expensive. So I never got one, or even looked for one. I would see content creators in the preparedness space use them to show how much power an item would draw, in relation to a generators capacity. Or how much an off grid item would take in a wind/solar set up.
It turns out I was wrong, Kill-A-Watt meters are not that expensive at all, most of the generic ones are in the sub 20 dollar range and function just fine for an average preparedness minded user.
As long as you don’t need a fancy backlit one, amazon is full of the generic 20 dollar ones. They come under a bunch of different brand names but are more than likely built in the same factory. Currently I use the Kuman brand but just look for the one with the four blue buttons across the front and you will be good.
Depending on the setting you have it on, it will show you how much energy it is currently using, the peak wattage, and or the cumluative power usage over time. The biggest complaint I have seen in the amazon reviews surround its ability to calculate energy costs, and not being accurate enough, because it only goes to a couple decimal places. I chuckle at this because if you can’t multiply the kwh used by your local rate, then maybe it isn’t the fault of the 20 dollar gadget you got from amazon.
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