Safety question about wireless Remote Control Switches...


Old 04-05-13, 07:27 AM
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Safety question about wireless Remote Control Switches...

Here's a link to the type of product I'm talking about... bye bye standby

People use these to cut down on the consumption of stand by power. I have several that I use for controlling lamps and even a pop-a-shot basketball hoop machine. You are basically turning on or off the power for that particular outlet, so your lamp or whatever has to be set to ON at all times.

But I'm thinking of using one with a shop vac in my garage. I'd like to be able to take my hose to my car or wherever and not have to roll around the vac. Once again, the vac would have to basically be ON at all times, and I would be turning on or off the outlet power. For something as powerful as a shop vac, is there any cause for concern? Blowing a fuse, etc.?

Please advise, thank you!
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Old 04-05-13, 08:10 AM
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If you have some already look on the back. It should have it's power capacity. You want to make sure your vacuum does not overload it.
Old 04-05-13, 08:14 AM
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You have to look at the maximum motor rating in HP (horsepower) to determine if it will handle it. Unlike a light you can't go by just amps because a motor when starting can draw 3-4 times its running amps. The device has to be able to handle that surge with out burning out. I'd be cautious of any switch without a horsepower rating.
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I'm not familiar with those remote control modules. I do know that X10 makes an appliance module (as opposed to a lamp module) that's rated for higher loads.

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