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Dryer Buddy™ Plus AUTO #5 Custom 30A 2-way switcher, 5' 14-30 plug cable (1996+) to one 14-30 and one 14-50 outlet, with kWh meter

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The new fully automatic Dryer Buddy is here!

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. Great for apartment dwellers, temp housing or an easy hookup at a friend’s/relatives house. This unit is built with a 5’ 14-30 cable, one 14-30 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.

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. If you are using a Dryer Buddy Plus AUTO to share one outlet and charge two EV’s (no Dryer) then you will definitely need the Delay Controller Upgrade Pak.

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 demo video here of a very similar unit:  https://youtu.be/tWbsAitIe4I

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.

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 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 Cords

Email me with your custom request; bsaelectronics@hotmail.com

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