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new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "francis_heath"

<francis_heath@y...> wrote:

>

>

> 15 amps x 120 volts = 1800 watts.

> 15 amps x 240 volts = 3600 watts.

> Are you using 120 volt elements? no Idea if the controler would fry if

> you hook it to 240 volts, but good chance of it.

> Francis

>

> --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "Carter N/A" <htcustom@h...>

wrote:

> >

> > Howdy, someone asked if a router speed control would work for

variable

> > control of a Water Heater element. I didn't find an answer, anyone?

> >

> > Here is one, would this work to variably control a water heater

element?

> >

> > http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=43060

> >

> > Also this being a 15 amp max what max size element would it be

able to

> > handle.

> >

> > Thanks

> >

>

I can positively attest to a router speed control working on a 120

volt 1440 watt water heater element. Works like a charm. However my

first attempt was with a 120 volt 2000 watt element and after approx.

4 hours, it fried the electronics. Now I start with a 240 volt 4440

watt element and when vapors start, drop it off and start the router

control and 1440 watt element. I have an amp gauge in series with the

router control and adjust the power according to amperage. Hope this

helps.