Kill A Watt Power Usage Monitor, retail $24.87 (
Manufactured by P3 International (
Last updated 05-25-10

This is the now-famous "Kill-A-Watt" -- a special meter that allows you to see exactly how much power anything (well, *ALMOST* anything) that's plugged into it really uses, and how much it really costs to operate that device.

This can range from computer monitors & TVs, computers, lamps, window air conditioning units (provided that it's current usage does not exceed 15 amps), and other horse puckey like that.

I've had this for quite a few years now, that's why it does not look brand spanken new in the above photograph!!!

This product does not emit light of its own, so the standard review format will not be used and the product will not be assigned a rating.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To use the Kill A Watt, plug it in to any 3-slot 115 volts to 125 volts AC 60Hz standard (in north America anyway) household receptacle, and plug the appliance you're metering into the "outlet" on the unit's front.

Because this is a power usage meter and not a flashlight meant to be bashed, thrashed, trashed, and abused; I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the toylet bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a porch, use a medium claw hammer in order to smash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piņata Central), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoņata (also located at Piņata Central) is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piņata Island {In the episode "Les Saves the Day...Again", Paulie Preztail says "Hey, ever wonder why this park's called 'Mount Erupto' anyway?", then Franklin Fizzlybear says "I think its an old native term. Means 'very safe.'"}), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that flashlights may have inflicted upon them.

Photograph of the Kill A Watt's display indicating the line voltage at this home in Federal Way WA. USA.

Photograph of the Kill A Watt's display indicating the power consumption (in watts) of the LED ''SIGNS'' Sign.

Unit was purchased from an unknown vendor in the early-2000s.

Product was made in China.
A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

    MANUFACTURER: P3 International
    PRODUCT TYPE: Power usage monitor
    No. OF LAMPS: N/A
    SWITCH TYPE: Momentary pushbuttons for mode change on front face of product
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL {protects LCD}: Plastic
    BATTERY: N/A cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    SIZE: 5 1/8" H x 2 3/8" W x 1 5/8" D
    WEIGHT: 5 ounces
    WARRANTY: Unknown/TBA {6 months?}


    Product was not intended to be a light-emitter, so the traditional "star" rating will not be used.

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