A device to log power from a outlet?

Hello everyone,
I am not sure if this is the best section for this. Would anyone know of a device that a novice could plug into a power outlet and it would monitor the power usage to see if there were any drops in power at certain times? I know there are high end AC/DC voltage meters but I need something I could send someone and have them just plug it in to the outlet and it would log everything. Then someone could read those results later. I would image something used in some form of solar setup would achieve this.

I appreciate any help I can get on this.



caitlinsdad4 years ago
Look up the "kill-a-watt" meter. I think there may be some arduino projects to tie in to it so it logs usage. Good luck.
Jester_boy2 (author)  caitlinsdad4 years ago
Do you know if it would show drops in power? Meaning if a circuit is overloaded and power to a specific outlet loses power?
Someone with more electronics knowledge than I could probably whip up some simple circuit with relays that would alarm in the power goes out or over a certain level. Look at this http://www.ladyada.net/make/tweetawatt/, maybe give you some more ideas.
Jester_boy2 (author)  caitlinsdad4 years ago
This is perfect! Ideally if I could find one that I could remote into or pull the logs that would be ideal. But hey I am not going to complain I can write the info down. I am thinking I can even create a simple calculator that these values could be inputed to give me a bigger break down over time. Thx again!