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Hey guys. What's the best Kill A Watt type device under $50 to measure wall draw of a system? Also, can these monitors plug into a surge protector and still function correctly?
    
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Hey guys. What's the best Kill A Watt type device under $50 to measure wall draw of a system? Also, can these monitors plug into a surge protector and still function correctly?
Kill-A-Watts don't measure amp draw. They measure electricity usage over time in kilowatts or dollars.

To measure amp draw you need an amp meter. There are metered power strips though
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I have one from Home Depot that cost like $25-30 and I love it.

It's accurate, allows you to input your price for electricity and it will display the amount of money youare sspending per minute, hour, day, week, or month, and it will store/log up to 50 different outlets so you can plug it into various places and measure each one's cost. Of course, it also shows the wattage, but it reads out voltage and amperage as well.
It works very well when plugged into power strips, surge protectors, and line conditioners (like the ISOBar4Ultra I have my PC plugged into).

I can't find it on the website, but I have seen similar units at various home improvement stores.
   
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Nleksan's sounds like exactly what I need. Do you have a model number by chance? I can swing by Home Depot on my way home from work tomorrow and see if they have it.
    
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