How to set-up & use your Plug-in Power Meter

Three Common Usage Examples

1) Appliances that switch on and off (like refrigerators and pumps).

Plug the appliance into the power meter for at least 24 hours. Note the total kWh used and compare this to the average on your power bill (kWh/day). An appliance that uses 1kWh in 24 hours, on a 10kWh/day bill, represents about 10% of total power usage.

2) Appliances that complete a set process (like dishwashers and washing machines).

These can be reviewed over one full cycle. In this way the running cost of different settings can be checked, such as a hot wash versus a cold wash.

3) Electronics that are on all day in standby (like TVs and stereos).

Spot check how much power these items use in Watts. Anything drawing a reasonable amount of power can be switched off at the wall when not needed.

Power Meter Instructions

Remove the plastic battery tab at the back of the power meter. This allows data to be stored and reviewed even when not plugged in. When setting up the power meter we recommend you have it plugged in on a short extension lead.

Clock Time Set-up

  1. Press & hold the CLOCK button to set.
  2. Press UP to increase the value.
  3. Press SET to save & move to the next digit.
  4. Press OK to save the time.

Single Tariff Set-up

  1. Press & hold the COST button.
  2. Press the UP button to choose your currency symbol then press OK to set.
  3. Press OK to choose TARIFF 1 and press UP to change the value.
  4. Press SET to save & move to the next digit.
  5. Repeat the process until you have entered each digit. Press OK twice to exit.

Dual Tariff Set-up

  1. Enter set-up as described above, but press UP when TARIFF 1 appears to switch to the DUAL TARIFF setting, then press OK.
  2. Press UP to set the cost for TARIFF 1 and then press SET to move on to the next digit.
  3. Press OK to change the start time.
  4. Press OK and use the same process to set the cost and start time for TARIFF 2.
  5. Press OK to exit after setting the time.

Clock Display

Press CLOCK to switch between clock time and appliance run time in the top part of the display screen. The run time will accumulate as long as an appliance is drawing more than 2W of power. The run time can be reset by pressing SET and CLOCK at the same time.

Cost Display

Press COST to review the following details in the middle part of the display screen:

  • $/Etc - Total cost since last reset. To reset press SET and COST at the same time.
  • kWh - Total energy usage since last reset. To reset this along with Max W & Min W press SET and UP at the same time.
  • kgCO2 - Cumulative CO2 emissions at a pre-set value. Resets with kWh as above.
  • TARIFF 1 & 2 - per set-up on left.

Energy Display

Press ENERGY to review the following details in the bottom part of the display screen:

  • W - Instantaneous power draw in Watts.
  • V - Mains voltage in Volts.
  • Hz - Grid frequency in Hertz.
  • A - Current flow in Amps.
  • Power Factor - Decimal between 0 and 1.
  • Max W - Maximum power draw in Watts.
  • Min W - Minimum non-zero power draw.
  • Overload - Optional overload setting. ‘Overload’ will flash when power draw exceeds this value. Press & hold ENERGY to adjust.

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