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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Idea - Poor Physical Design, 7 Jun. 2011
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The energy meter seems to be pretty accurate and reads true AC watts.

It does not however have the option to display voltage, current or power factor.

The idea of having the display remote from the mains socket is great and I think this is the only one that I have seen that does this.

However, what I do not like is the design of the display unit.

About the only place it suits is the palm of your hand.

It is all curves and will not stand up without being propped against something and even then it tends to leans to the left or right.

In my humble opinion the display unit should have been formed in a cube so it would have just neatly set wherever you wanted to put it.

The display by the way can show watts, cost or co2 for 30 days or the year (at current load).

After the unit has been plugged in for over 45 minutes it will average the cost of running the load and co2.

Thus if you leave it plugged into a fridge or your TV for example, for a week or more it will be able to tell you how much it will cost you for 30 days or a year based on the off / on duty cycle.

The price of your power per kilowatt can be set to match your bill to make the result more accurate.

Lastly, the power socket part is quite wide and may stop you using the second of a twin power point or extension lead.
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Initial post: 26 Dec 2011 10:50:33 GMT
James21 says:
I must say I do agree with most of the Review however my monitor stands perfectly still as it has a nice rubber on the back part of it so it does not move anywhere unless you put it on non horizontal surface.

Posted on 12 Jan 2012 17:27:30 GMT
The voltage here in the UK is 230w. Therefore, divide the wattage by 230 to get the current (P=VI). As mentioned, the voltage coming out of the plug here in the UK should be about 230v. However, if your appliance has a transformer (e.g. computer) then this won't show the amps the transformer is giving out, but the amps going in to the transformer.

Posted on 1 Feb 2012 14:12:06 GMT
[Deleted by the author on 1 Feb 2012 14:12:42 GMT]

Posted on 26 Mar 2012 07:49:32 BDT
Blu-tack...

Posted on 9 Feb 2013 11:46:34 GMT
S Ward says:
This device sits perfectly on a flat surface for me.
I don't think that this device was ever designed for the level of information that you are looking for. This is for people to understand the consumption of their units in terms of cost or environmental impact. However, you could calculate most information that you need from the info on the device.
Regarding stopping using the second socket. Possibly, if you have an adaptor there, but I have not had this problem. I do have an issue where it causes the plug to push out too far away from the socket, so in that case I would use a short extension lead to avoid the problem.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2013 10:24:56 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Aug 2013 10:38:49 BDT
Giltbrook says:
The standard domestic supply voltage in the UK is 240V AC, I have just checked this with my meter.
Also:-
Source - Wikipedia 17/08/2013
The standard nominal supply voltage in domestic single-phase 50 Hz installations in the UK is still 240V AC (RMS), but since 1 January 1995 (Electricity Supply Regulations, SI 1994, No. 3021) this has an asymmetric voltage tolerance of 230 V+10%−6% (253-216.2 V), which covers the same voltage range as continental 220 V supplies to the new unified 230 V standard. This was supposed to be widened to 230 V ±10% (253-207 V), but the time of this change has been put back repeatedly and as of December 2012 there is no definitive date.[5] The old standard was 240 V ±6% (254.4-225.6 V), which is mostly contained within the new range, and so in practice suppliers have had no reason to actually change voltages.
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