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3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, great implementation, POOR FEATURES, November 10, 2010
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I used to own a Kill-A-Watt, buy spilled water on it so I looked after a replacement.

I got this after reading good reviews. I was warned about the lack of functionality, but thought to myself 'surely, it can't be that bad'. It turns out it IS that bad.

Here's what I did:
After setting up the price per kWh, I plugged my small washing machine in it and ran a load. I could see the real time wattage as it was running through its different stages, and that was great. At the end, it showed me the dollar / year and dollar /month amounts. However, that is meaningless to me. I would like to know how many watts or dollars the machine used during the cycle, and it will NOT show you that. I'd like to know whether it cost me 10 cents or 30 cents to run a load. Same thing with my TV. I'd like to know the price of watching TV for one hour.

Kill-a-Watt was bulkier but offered exact and valuable numbers, not CO2 crap.
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Initial post: Jan 10, 2011 6:32:34 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2011 8:35:56 PM PST
Shane Blume says:
You shouldn't need to calculate, it should be at your fingertips.

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 6:00:52 AM PST
Logan D says:
I liked this review. While you can, as Nom points out, calculate the number, it still wouldbe nice to be able to generate that on the machine. I thought it was a fair and useful review with a valid point. Thanks for the heads up!

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 10:02:01 AM PST
CallMeChaz says:
Refreshing to see a negative review that didn't "one-star" the whole thing just because you didn't like some of the features. Most informative--good review.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2011 1:45:52 PM PST
TonyS says:
Is it really that hard to type in the Dollar per yr amount in, a calculator, then divide it by 365? -- I know I suffered from a good brain injury last yr, but this still seams like common scene to me.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2011 1:55:13 PM PST
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Posted on Mar 14, 2011 11:27:38 AM PDT
So how does it know how many hours of TV you watch in a year or loads of laundry you wash?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2011 3:57:48 PM PDT
spin says:
Well it doesn't know. It takes an average of the time it's been plugged in. You 'can' calculate how much electricity it takes to do a load of laundry, but it's a hassle to me.

This is exactly like calculating miles/gallon in a car. In an older car, you have to write the number of miles drive down and divide it by the gallons of gas when you refill. In a new car, it just displays it to you. Yes, you can calculate it by hand, but it's much nicer when it shows you the info directly.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2011 4:46:53 AM PDT
Jonathan says:
It already works exactly like a car computer. The car computer calculates a rate for you, average mpg. You already know the cost of the fill-up. This device calculates average watts (which is a rate, energy/time). This device even lets you punch in the price, which the car typically doesn't. Of course, what you purchase are kilowatt-hours (energy), and you only get to see the display once a month, not after every device's use. As for why this device doesn't use the duration time to calculate a cost per use, you'd have to ask Belkin. I suspect it has to do with adding another button to the remote unit, and/or additional programming costs.

Posted on Aug 27, 2011 1:18:12 PM PDT
R. Yu says:
That because the $/Watt is different in all parts of the country. How would it know where you are. You just need to take out a calculator and your bill and do some math if you are that obsessed about the $$$.
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