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  • Automatic Timer Switch

    Hey all,

    Anyone have a recommendation on an automatic timer switch suitable to switch on my machine once or twice a day? Is there a big difference between different models?

    Any help would be appreciated.

  • #2
    Re: Automatic Timer Switch

    I just use a common or garden variety one from Woolies - HPM brand. It switches on my machine twice a day: 6AM and 4PM

    Its been on my machine for at least the last 6 months without a problem.

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    • #3
      Re: Automatic Timer Switch

      FP, I use a Arlec, it was the most compact digital timer I could find, Kmart was the best. Its programed to turn on @ 5:30 each weekday morning and on @ 7:00 on the weekends. No problems here. I think the main differences are # of cycles (on/off) that can be set. Of course there is the choice between mechanical & digital with the latter giving you a better choice with programing options.

      Steve

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      • #4
        Re: Automatic Timer Switch

        I use a digital one that I got from a website called catch of the day. It was under $20 and has the capability to do 20 different programs. I run 2 on/off cycles for weekdays and 1 for weekends. Ive had no issues with it, but its a no namer (probably a knock-off or a grey import of a better known brand like Arlec).

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        • #5
          Re: Automatic Timer Switch

          OK all you electrical wizzes... I am getting the nursery ready for the arrival of my new Izzo. When both the steam and brew boiler elements are on the draw is 2500W. I am planning to put it on a timer so that the brew boiler switches on and gets things nice and warm for my morning espresso by the time Im up. Ive got an Arlec PC888 electronic timer which would be great for the job but its rated at 2400W & 10A. Am I going to fry it with the Izzo when both the brew and steam boilers are heating? :-/

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          • #6
            Re: Automatic Timer Switch

            the heating effect of your machine on the timer will be less than those due to a 2400W continuous load , as after warm up is done the elements will work on an on/off cycle

            then when timer switches off the machine, it will do it either with both elements off or with only one on or with both on....as you can see its very likely the life of your timer will be affected by those 100W more ....

            dont worry and enjoy that first shot !

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            • #7
              Re: Automatic Timer Switch

              Originally posted by 13312C39245E0 link=1260967168/4#4 date=1293094528
              When both the steam and brew boiler elements are on the draw is 2500W.
              My understanding is that the Duetto comes setup for a standard 10A max power point - the PID is configured to only power one boiler at a time (brew boiler priority) - also, dont forget to add 100-150W for the pump to the total.

              Unless you have a 15A power point for her and request it configured for such (or change the PID setting yourself).

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              • #8
                Re: Automatic Timer Switch

                The Duetto does have a low power mode which prioritises the brew boiler and draws (I think) 7A, I think youre correct that its set to this mode by default and the reviews Ive read seem to indicate that in a domestic environment it doesnt hurt performance much. I guess Chris will be able to clarify that for me. The two boilers have separate switches so as long as I remember to turn off the steam boiler when Im not using it, the power draw shouldnt be too bad. I guess Im answering my own question... the 2400W rating of the switch should be OK   Thanks for the advice guys..

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                • #9
                  Re: Automatic Timer Switch

                  Mine is push button on, and it defaults to off when switched on at the mains, so I cant use a timer with it - bugger!

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