Dryer Buddy™ Plus #5 Custom 30A 2-way switcher, 5ft 14-30 cable (1996+), one 14-30 and one 14-50 outlet, with optional kWh/Watt/Volt/Amp meter
The Dryer Buddy Plus #5 is a 2-way switcher based on the original Dryer Buddy #5 It allows you to share your dryer outlet with your EVSE. Only one outlet is live at a time, by default it’s the dryer outlet (14-30 on the left) with a flip of the illuminated rocker switch power is toggled to the EVSE outlet only. Designed so other members of the house don’t accidentally start the dryer while you’re charging your EV. Great for apartment dwellers, temp housing or an easy hookup at a friend’s/relatives house. Housed in a solid 6x6x4 PVC gray box. This unit is built with a 5.5’ 14-30 cable, one 14-30 outlet and one 14-50 outlet.
Be sure to set your Electric Vehicle or EV Charging Station (EVSE) to 24amps or less when using this Dryer Buddy (max draw for 30amp Dryer Circuit).
You may also be interested in one of my other Dryer Buddys that are equipped with two 30amp outlets (such as Dryer Buddy #1), this prevents using an EV Charging Station (EVSE) that can draw more current than the Dryer outlet can provide. If you have a Tesla Charging cable you will need to purchase one of their optional 30amp adapters, those adapters automatically set the Tesla Charging cable to 24amps for you.
I used the Blue kWh meter that's an option in my custom build EVSE's. 100A Volts/Amps/Watts/kWh Meter. 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.
See my video demonstration of a similar unit here with the older 10-30 connectors in and out:
Dryer Buddy vs. Dryer Buddy PLUS vs. Dryer Buddy Plus AUTO
The original Dryer Buddy model is a splitter (both outlets always live), You can add one of two Upgrade Paks for manual or automatic operation, an Upgrade Pak essential allows you to pay the difference in cost between the original Dryer Buddy and the Dryer Buddy Plus AUTO or Dryer Buddy PLUS AUTO.
What is a Dryer Buddy Plus? The Dryer Buddy Plus is a manual 2-way switcher based on the original Dryer Buddy. It allows you to share your Dryer outlet with your EVSE or any appliance like a Bitcoin miner. Only one outlet is live at a time, by default it’s the dryer outlet (on the left) with a flip of the switch, power is toggled to the EVSE outlet only. Designed so other members of the house don’t accidentally start the Dryer while you’re charging your EV;
The Dryer Buddy Plus AUTO is a fully automatic 2-way switcher based on the original Dryer Buddy Plus It allows you to share your Dryer outlet with your EVSE without having to flip any switches. Basic operation is simple, the Dryer outlet is always live and the EVSE outlet is only live when there is enough amperage available to charge your EV. When the Dryer is off it is drawing little to no amps so the EVSE outlet is switched on allowing your EV to charge. If the Dryer is turned on at any time then the EVSE outlet is switched off, when the Dryer is done, power is restored to the EVSE outlet and if your EV needs charging it will resume charging. Designed so other members of the house don't have to understand anything technical to use the Dryer when they need to do a load of laundry, See my demo video here: Dryer Buddy Plus AUTO with kWh meter Demo
For the PLUS and Plus Auto models 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.
Note: Some high efficiency Dryers such as the Bosch Series 800 Max slowly ramp the speed of the motor and don't draw significant current (over 3.5 amps) while running which will cause the Dryer Buddy Plus AUTO to switch the EVSE outlet off or it may switch several times in a short period. For these Dryers we recommend either the Dryer Buddy PLUS, that unit offers manual switching between outlets or adding the Delay controller Upgrade Pak to the Dryer Buddy Plus AUTO, The delay kit solves this issue; Delay Controller Upgrade Pak
Need some extra length between your Dryer outlet and Dryer Buddy™ or between the Dryer Buddy™ and your Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVSE)? 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 CordsEmail me with your custom request
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