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Old 07-22-2010, 09:18 PM   #1
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submeter with CTs

I am researching submeters. And I see the submeters with CTs. All the diagrams show the meter being connected at the panel. If i get a submeter with the clamping CTs I can place it anywhere on the lines? my whole feed runs through conduit and i believe there are a few open spots on the conduit. I know there shouldnt be open spots on the conduit. but there are. I prefer not to mess with the panel box if i can avoid it. Theres lots of big scary wires in there.... This is for my own personal use to monitor a single circuit.


And any recommendations on submeters are welcome...

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Old 07-22-2010, 09:23 PM   #2
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There are plug-in meters to do what you want. IIRC Black and Decker had one. I am sure there are others.


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There arent any plugins for me.... My circuit (i think) is single phase 3-wire 240volts. I thought i wanted a plug-in but that would force it to be outside. And I dont want that option. Thats why i am looking at the power meters with CTs. And there arent any 240volt plugins that I could find, other than a 230v marine plugin.
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If you know the wire gauge you can measure the voltage drop across 10' or 20' of it and read the current to reasonable accuracy. You're using the wire as a shunt.

20' of #10 copper gives 0.02 ohm and so would have 200 mVac across it with 10 A through it. In this case your scaling factor would be 20 mV/amp or 50 A/volt.
The voltage sensing leads can be very small gauge.

The voltage sensing terminals need to be separate from the terminals that pass current.

Or you could get a commercially made shunt.

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