Appliance Buddy™ Plus Auto #1 Custom 120v 15A 2-way switcher, 5' 5-15 plug cable to two 5-15 outlets, with kWh meter
The new fully automatic Appliance Buddy™ is here!
The Appliance Buddy™ Plus AUTO is a 120 volt 15amp fully automatic 2-way switcher based on the original Dryer Buddy™ Plus AUTO. It allows you to share common 15amp 120v wall outlet with any other Appliance you have without having to flip any switches. Basic operation is simple, the Primary outlet is always live and the Switched outlet is only live when there is enough amperage available to run the second Appliance. When the Primary Appliance is off it is drawing little to no amps so the Switched outlet is activated allowing your second Appliance to operate. If the Primary Appliance is turned on at any time then the Switched outlet is turned off, when the Primary Appliance is done, power is restored to the Switched outlet and your second Appliance may be used again. Designed so other members of the house don't have to understand anything technical to use the two Appliances. Great for an easy hookup without the expense of installing a new circuit. The NEMA 5-15 outlets are side mounted for the lowest profile but can be front mounted like the Dryer Buddy or another configuration upon request. This unit is built with a 5’ 5-15 cable and two 5-15 outlets.
Note: Some Appliances slowly ramp the speed of the motor or power draw and don't draw significant current (over 3.5 amps) while running, which will cause the Appliance Buddy™ Plus AUTO to turn the Switched outlet off or it may switch several times in a short period. For these situations we recommend adding the Delay Controller Upgrade Pak to the Appliance Buddy Plus AUTO, The delay kit solves this issue; Delay Controller Upgrade Pak. This adds a 5min delay as described in it's product page, otherwise there is a standard 10 sec delay built in.
I use a beautiful kWh meter to display important information. This keeps track of how much Energy you are using so you know how much $ in electricity you’ve used, by simple multiplying the value by your utilities rate (0.13/kWh here in Vegas) The meter is wired to read system Voltage and only meter the Current flowing through the EVSE outlet, unlike the original Dryer Buddy where the meter reads all Current flowing through the unit. In this configuration the Kilowatt Hours (kWh's) will only accumulate for Energy flowing through the EVSE outlet (on the right of the face) this value is stored between power outages and may be reset when you like. This allows you to see only the Energy your Electric vehicle has consumed.
Need some help identifying your wall outlet? We can help! Below is a description of the more common NEMA outlets and their numbers as well as some handy NEMA plug charts. You can also email us a pic of your plugs and outlets you need help identifying and we would be happy to help.
Here are the more common NEMA outlets:
- 5-15 standard 15A 120 volt household outlet, the most common you see everywhere.
- 5-20 standard 20A 120 volt household outlet, required by code in bathroom and behind your refrigerator.
- 6-15 standard 15A 240 volt household outlet, found in homes and motels for running in-wall Air Conditioners, it’s the smaller brother to the NEMA 6-20 outlet. The 5-20 is not as common as a 6-20 outlet with it’s “T” shaped slot as it will accept both 6-20 and 6-15 plugs.
- 6-20 standard 20A 240 volt household outlet, found in homes and motels for running in-wall Air Conditioners, also found occasionally in residential garages.
- 6-50 standard 50A 240 volt 3-prong outlet, found in shops and garages used for large welders.
- 10-30 standard 30A 240 volt 3-prong Dryer outlet found in homes build before 1996
- 14-30 standard 30A 240 volt 4-prong Dryer outlet found in homes build in 1996 and newer
- 14-50 standard 50A 240 volt 4-prong Range (electric stove top) outlet, also called RV-50 at the RV parks. By far the best universal connector to have for an EVSE. This is the one the Tesla guys install in their garages.
- TT-30 (Travel Trailer 30amp) 30A 240 volt 3-prong outlet, the older style found in RV parks, not used in residential homes.
- L6-30 (locking 240 volt 30amp) Twist-Lock 30A 240 volt outlet, my personal favorite locking connector, easy to find in stores, works great for adding adapters to portables EVSE’s equipped with a L6-30 plug.
220/240 volt outlets are commonly install with the ground pin towards the ceiling for safety. 110/120 volt outlets can be found mounted in all directions. Be sure to carefully look at your outlet and the chart, it's easy to mistake one outlet for another if your outlet has it's ground pin facing the floor instead of the ceiling or Vice Versa compared to the chart.
In the full NEMA number you will see a capital R or P. The R stands for Receptacle (outlet) and the P stands for Plug, we commonly truncate this to just the numbers and add the word receptacle (or outlet) at the end. For example 14-50R becomes 14-50 receptacle or 14-50 outlet.
Need some extra length between your existing outlet and Appliance Buddy™ or between the Appliance Buddy™ and your second Appliance? I custom build extension cords to the length your need and with the plug and outlet of your choice, see my extensions in the Adapter’s section for several models; Extension Cords
Give you new Buddy unit a techie look with Beautiful Black Socket Head Screws with matching black washers; Black Socket Head Screw and washer Upgrade Pak for all Buddy unitsEmail me with your custom request
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