Kill-A-Watt Meters

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Kill-A-Watt Meters

What, exactly, does a Kill-A-Watt do?

Do they show cycling rates of appliances?

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 They show you how much

 They show you how much your appliance is drawing.

You plug the Kill-A-Watt into the outlet then your appliance into the KAW.

I bought a similar device, I think it was by Belkin, because it had a long cord so you could read the meter without lying on your belly.  I think the KAW meter part is right at the outlet.

I found it useful to determine that my torch lamps with halogen bulbst take 300w and how much each of my TV components uses.

It is probably a good way to find items that you are leaving plugged in doing nothing that still suck electricity.

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Kill-A-Watt Meters

The machine I have Cycles from 625 watts down to 100 watts several times during an 8 hour period.

Will the Kill-A-Watt Meter actually show the cycling or just log it and present a total usage?

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 This is the one I

 This is the one I bought

http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Conserve-Insight-Energy-Use-Monitor/dp/B003P2UMP8/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1338123268&sr=8-4

There seem to be several KAW models

http://www.amazon.com/P3-International-P4460-Electricity-Monitor/dp/B000RGF29Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1338123268&sr=8-2

I have not used my device as you are asking, but it seems that what they do is record the usage over a long period of time but only computer the average usage and maybe only in the cost calculator mode.

I don't think it will record a cycling graph as you seem to want.

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