list of watt requirements for common items? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum : One Thread

Does anyone have a list or a link to a list of the amount of watts individual items require? I've seen partial ones before but failed to save them. Now that I'm planning a small solar back-up to our gasoline generator and the neighbor's steam-powered one it'd be useful to have a list. Thanks!

-- Steve Hartzler (, September 07, 1999


check out

-- cath (, September 07, 1999.

Try The Juice Page

-- de (, September 08, 1999.

Or, look at the labels on the actual item you will be using. Some of the published guidelines to power usage are either very general, or mostly for older less efficient appliances, so it's a good idea to double check the actual appliance.

-- Jim (, September 08, 1999.


-- Steve Hartzler (, September 08, 1999.

Also, remember that watts = volts times amps..

For example.. If an appliance is rated at 2 amps on 120 volts, it draws 240 watts. For appliances with electric motors (fridge, furnace) you need to add wattage for start-up. I've heard 50% should be added for start-up.

You always get Amps or Watt requirments from SOMEWHERE on the device or packaging.. I think it's required.


-- Bryce (, September 08, 1999.

Startup draw on motors can be as much as 2x, 3x(typical), 4x, or even 6x(if started under load) running power.

-- Ken Seger (, September 09, 1999.

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