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In last week’s post on the Black & Decker Power Monitor, we talked about monitoring your power usage.  If you want to monitor the power consumption of a single appliance the old-school way — with a clamp-on ammeter — try an AC line splitter like this one from Elenco.

The problem is, you can’t just clamp an ammeter over a power cord and measure how much juice the appliance is taking;  you need access to a single conductor to measure the current.  That’s where this tool comes in handy — rather than ruin a power cord you can just plug in the line splitter.

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