Hacking the SmartPlug to be always ON.

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      rcv
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      I have a Vue 2, with 16 sensors and I have eight SmartPlugs.  I have accidentally turned off my computers, and although I’d like to monitor devices like my refrigerator, I can’t afford to lose the food and insulin I store in my refrigerator.  I have recently cracked open one of my SmartPlugs, and modified it to be “always ON”.  I have a degree in Electrical Engineering, and I performed this hack for bench and test purposes ONLY.  This modified device will never be installed in “production” in my home.

      DO NOT PERFORM THIS HACK UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!

      You will void your warranty.  You will void any UL or similar certifications.  You may burn your house down.  You may electrocute yourself or your family.

      DO NOT PERFORM THIS HACK UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!

      The green jumper shunts the “hot” line current, parallel to the output terminals of RL2.  The 16A 250V cartridge fuse remains in series with the “hot”.  The 0.001 resister on the daughterboard remains in series with the “neutral” line current.  The relay still operates as the SmartPlug is turned “On” or “Off”.  The LED shows the state of the relay, NOT the state of the output power, which is always on.  The Emporia Energy App shows energy usage, whether or not the relay is open or closed.

      DO NOT PERFORM THIS HACK UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!

      • This topic was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by rcv.
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      Mooreinc07
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      I’ve just deployed plugs for some refridgeration and set at 6 am every day the plug to be on. I will see how it works.

      with respect to the refrigerator circuit, usually, by code it is on it’s own dedicated breaker so a CT clamp in this instance is probably better… unless you’re me and don’t have it against that wall any more.

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