MES 40

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  1. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Does anyone know how many amps the stainless steel MES 40 draws? I've read on their site that it is 1200 watts. It seems to me that one needs to know how many amps it draws to select the appropriate solid state relay and heat sink if installing a PID.
     
  2. hank2000

    hank2000 Smoking Fanatic

    If I'm not mistaken I think as a rule of thumb you can figure a amp per watt so I would say about 12 amps to be safe. But I could be wrong
     
  3. diamondmarco

    diamondmarco Smoke Blower

    If the wattage is 1200 then the amperage at 120 volts would be 10. 

    volts x amps = watts
     
  4. hank2000

    hank2000 Smoking Fanatic

    Ok I was wrong sorry. But good to know
     
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Technically Marco is correct but your figurin' gives wiggle room. In this case you want a relay that is rated larger than your max current draw. Whomever told you that method may have been oldschool and well experienced. Shortcuts are not alway a bad thing...[​IMG]...JJ 
     
  6. hank2000

    hank2000 Smoking Fanatic

    I don't remember the how told me that but I have always went by it even when I wired up my shop years ago and have never had a problem.
     
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I doubt anybodies house burnt down from installing too thick a wire...JJ
     
  8. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, guys!

    I couldn't remember the calculation. I agree, though, that larger wire is usually a good thing.

    :sausage:
     
  9. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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