With electricity prices going up and appliances using more of it, it is more important than ever to keep track of how power is being used. One way to find out how much electricity is being used is to use a power monitor on your appliance. One such monitor is the Kill A Watt GT by P3 International.
- Multi-event timer
- 7 Day 24 Hour timer with backlit graphic LCD clock
- Measures Voltage, Amperage, KWH and more
- Soft power-up eliminates harmful voltage spikes
- Over Voltage, Under Voltage and Under Current protection provide clean safe power to your expensive appliances
One of the new features in the Kill A Watt GT is the timer. This timer is capable of storing 96 different programs and 7 different combinations for different days of the week. Measurements and programming are stored in memory and retained during power outages, but only if you have installed batteries.
The Kill A Watt GT can measure and display power usage based on Voltage, Amperage, or even KWH (Kilowatt Hour).
P3 International has even included some power protection for any device that is plugged into the Kill A Watt GT. The surge protector doesn’t just guard your devices from voltage spikes. It also provides protection against over current, over voltage, and under voltage, delivering clean safe power to your equipment. It does this by shutting of the power to the outlet when ever the voltage or current is out of the normal range. The Kill A Watt GT also helps prolong the lifespan of your appliances by gently applying start-up power via its Zero power crossing spike-free switch.
The Kill A Watt GT P4480 is not a large device. With overall dimensions of 5.1″ x 3″ x 1.9″ and a weight of only 9.15 oz. it is rather small and light.
The front of the P4480 is dominated by the LCD display. Under the display are a set of 4 buttons. At the very bottom is the plug for your appliance or electronic device. The buttons are used for navigating the Kill A Watt, setting the timer, and changing the display settings.
On the back is a battery compartment and the prongs for plugging it into a wall. The batteries allow you to set the timer, or review the results of a test while sitting on a couch. The batteries also allow the Kill A Watt to save settings in the event of a power outage.
On top are three buttons On, Off, and Auto. The On and Off buttons will override the timer and the Auto buttons turns the timer back on. While it is on auto the On and Off buttons will light up according the the set schedule.
Using the Kill A Watt GT is a bit more complicated than the Kill A Watt EZ. This is primarily because of the added timer functionality. The timer is not difficult to use, but it does add a lot more functionality to the Kill A Watt and with that come some complexity.
If you just want to monitor power usage than all you need to do is plug the Kill A Watt into the wall, plug your device into the Kill A Watt, and then push the ON button. The screen will turn on as soon as it is plugged in and start showing the power usage. The default measurement is Volts, but if you prefer something else it is easy to switch to Watts just by pushing a button.
To use the timer functionality you merely have to select a day, and the set the on and off times. As you can see from the picture below each day can have more than one on and off time. The Kill A Watt GT is capable of storing 96 programs, and if you were to spread the programming out evenly, each day could have roughly 13 different programs.
The only negative I could find would have to be the backlight. I can’t say I am a fan of the orange backlight, but it is certainly better than nothing. I had to shine a flashlight on my old Kill A Watt EZ in order to see the display. If the backlight were a blue or green color I would be a lot happier.
Support and Warranty
The warranty for the Kill A Watt GT is only 6 months. This is probably the shortest warranty I have seen in a long time. I understand that the cost of the Kill A Watt does not suggest that it will include a lifetime warranty, but I would expect something more like 5 years. I have had my Kill A Watt EZ for a couple years and it still works fine. If the Kill A Watt GT is built with the same quality it should last just as long.
I am very happy with how easy it is to use the Kill A Watt GT. The features and functionality make it great for many purposes. The price is also great, the Kill A Watt GT can be purchased for only $39 from Amazon or $49 from Newegg. If you are interested in getting a better handle on your power usage you need a power monitor just like the Kill A Watt. If you are also interested in a timer then I highly recommend the P4480 from P3 International.
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