hughcam1 Senior Member Joined: 1 Mar 2013 Posts: 2 Location: Seattle, WA Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Fri Mar 15, 2013, 11:08am Subject: Automatic on / off timer for 2000W machine
Hello, I'm the proud new owner of an Astra Gourmet. It's a huge hunk of machine, like a muscle car. I'm going to post a review.
My question is this: I had my old machine (Pasquini Livietta T2) on a timer that woke the machine up in time for it to be hot by the time I got up. It was a digital timer rated at 1750W (which was fine for the Livietta at 1200W).
Can anyone recommend a digital timer for a 2000W machine? I've seen it recommended that the timer be double the needed draw, e.g. 4000W. Most of the ones I can find out there seem to be for marijuana growing and are quite expensive (and more than I need).
Jmanespresso Senior Member Joined: 18 Jan 2009 Posts: 2,151 Location: Westchester NY Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Sat Mar 16, 2013, 12:29pm Subject: Re: Automatic on / off timer for 2000W machine
The ones used for Marijuana Growing are for controlling large High Pressure Sodium and Metal Halide bulbs. More Watts=Bigger healthier plants. The reason the timers are so expensive, is the day/light cycle that you're trying to replicate MUST be exact.
..or so im told :-)
You don't need such accuracy for an Espresso machine. You might look at X10 Products. They might have a solution for you.
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