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Posted by Jerry Koniecki on May 17, 2004, 2:15 pm
Did a Google search for the Kill A Watt meter, and found several
locations selling
them. It is not clear, however, if they are all offering the same unit.
Is there
more than one model available? I have seen the "P3" logo in two
different places,
on the top right of the meter, and to the top right of the outlet. Also
different colors of the rightmost button; yellow, pink, purple. The only
that identified with a model number used P4400. Anyone have more info?
Or pointers
to more info? I tried the P3International site, but saw only the P4400
with a yellow
button and logo to the top right of the outlet.

Jerry   wa2rkn   no email @ present

Posted by Steve Spence on May 17, 2004, 2:54 pm
I have a P4400 with a p3 purple logo on upper right.  Purple rightmost
button. I paid $7.47 delivered from J&R Musicworld. Delivery in 2 days.


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Posted by Gigawatt on May 17, 2004, 5:22 pm

selling them.

I bought mine from Radio Shack.... it was originally priced at about $0,
but Radio Shack had a sale on them for $9.95..... I also have a Brand
Wattmeter... which I paid $50 for.... the Kill A Watt meter is a good unit,
and compares with the Brand, except in the reading of very low watt
usages.... reading below 3 or 4  watts, the Kill A Watt meter does not read

The deficiency in reading low watt readings did not bother me, since most
all my readings are well above this level...


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Posted by danny burstein on May 17, 2004, 3:30 pm

they seem to have stopped selling them. I swung by a bunch of RSes and no
one in them knew about it, and computer caalog searches turned up empty.

Some other folk have claimed that it's just the display that doesn't show
up well, but that the cumulative (k)w-hr reading will work.

I've got some (roughly) half-watt loads on my new unit now, and will see
what it shows in a week.

(I really, really, would like something that gives a real time display of
these. All those parsitic/vampire loads from equipment that's "off", and
the wall warts, etc.)

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Posted by Anthony Matonak on May 18, 2004, 9:29 am
 danny burstein wrote:

Turn off everything and look at your grid meter. You can time the
spinning of the disc to calculate KW usage. Won't tell you which
particular wall wart is doing the most damage but it will give
you a total for the works. This assumes, of course, that you have
a grid meter.


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