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_dangtx_ July 24, 2011 07:06 PM

Explain me this
 
not power supply related,but power related.

so i got a second ac unit, and out of curiosity i plugged it into me trusty kill a watt...figures were around 175-185 watts

then a few minutes later i look again and it showed over a thousand watts

thinking the kill a watt went or is going, i plugged one of the pc's im building and it
was showing what a dual gtx 580 build should show under furmark(insert power jokes here)

so what the frog gives with the ac unit?? :)

JD July 24, 2011 07:09 PM

Probably when the compressor kicks in. It puts a huge draw for a few seconds, which is what it likely read.

That is what causes these portable AC's to blow fuses/breakers whenever they "click in".

Same goes with your fridge too, starting up compressors puts a huge strain on the wall outlet.

supaflyx3 July 24, 2011 07:34 PM

What JD said, the compressor kicks in to cool the coolant, then shuts off for a while and kicks in when the coolant gets warm.

_dangtx_ July 24, 2011 07:59 PM

cool,thanks guys. but 800 and spare watts of difference,good god!

also i saw that when left on auto it never goes over 200 watts. weird.

On2wheels August 26, 2011 09:47 PM

So then what was your pc power draw at idle? I'm curious to know what my machine draws when I leave it on for a weekend.
I think my cpu maxes out at 90w, and I've got a gtx560Ti.
AMD Phenom 9650 http://support.amd.com/us/Processor_TechDocs/43375.pdf

_dangtx_ August 26, 2011 10:04 PM

memory fails me.

at idle expect maybe 150 watts for your pc?

supaflyx3 August 26, 2011 10:16 PM

Of topic, but is there anywhere online in canada that you can buy a killawatt or something similar, for under 40?

roh_ultima August 26, 2011 10:23 PM

uh ya AC units take a lot of power

theres the normal mode they will run in , then kick into a higher mode

_dangtx_ August 26, 2011 10:40 PM

@fly intteresting question. i looked and all i could find was ebay..unless i didnt look properly.
the blue planet one is nice too,though the kill a watt seems a bit simpler=more durable,at least in me humble experience.

@ultima. yep. did not quite expect that. and the funny thing is it does not dent the monthly payments much either. then again we don't have scorching days all
summer long up here in cana da

supaflyx3 August 27, 2011 12:02 AM

Hopefully the same is true, I'm running a 15,000BTU AC in my room, hopefully it doesn't cut in to my hydro much.


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