Now here I am a bachelor living in a cabin in the woods with 4 dogs. There's a 500 foot piece of romex wire supplying power to the cabin most of the time. It's going a long distance, and there's a 10 amp breaker on the other end.
|The genny is a last resort. A very loud, last resort.|
And a couple times the electrical connection has just gone out, and the last time it was down almost a week.
Because I may be running a generator, an inverter or the strand of romex, I need to know what methods of power can run what devices, and to do that, I need to know how much power each device draws.
It turns out there are lots of these types of gadgets that help you measure you electricity usage. Below is a listing of some common household items that I have informally measured. Many devices, such as desktop computers can have wide swings in the amount of current they draw.
All measurements below in watts.
|Above you see I'm running my desktop, a wireless router and a 65 watt light|
|60 Watt CFL Bulb||12||-|
|Desktop Computer With Monitor and Wireless Router||147||265|
|Small "Bachelor" Fridge||125||155|
|Laptop, 60 Watt CFL Bulb and Wireless Router||35||65|
|2.5 HP Canister Vacuum||700||-|
|Small Space Heater (Standard)||600||900|
|Small Space Heater (Ceramic)||300||600|
|Large 12 Amp Upright Vacuum Cleaner||1400||-|
|3.1 cubic feet ultra-efficient fridge w/ freezer||40||300|
|Small Steam Cleaner||75||225|
|Table Top Oven||900||-|
As time goes on and I test more devices, I will add to this list.