Hughes Autoformer, a supplier of voltage protection and correction products for the RV industry, announced the launch of the Power Watchdog Emergency Power Off (EPO).
According to a press release, the Power Watchdog EPO is a mid-line product that utilizes the technology of a Bluetooth App along with the automatic shut-off and restart of an EMS system.
The products continuously monitor all power conditions, including low voltage, high voltage, open neutral, open ground, reverse polarity, how many volts the park is providing, how many amps you are drawing, and how many kilowatt hours you’ve used in that particular park. It also includes a patent-pending feature that allows information to be viewed on your phone.
Volts, amps and kilowatt hours can be seen in real time by the customer. In dangerous power conditions, the Watchdog will shut down the RV and an alert is immediately sent to the customer’s phone via Bluetooth, informing the customer why they’ve been shut down and what the solution. Once the Power Watchdog has shut down the RV, it will keep it off until it sees the problem has been corrected and the RV has been safe for 90 seconds. The Watchdog will then turn the RV back on automatically.
The Power Watchdog EPO, like all Hughes Autoformers products, has replaceable surge protection. The Watchdog unit will notify the user if the 2400 joules in the 30-amp model or 4800 joules in the 50-amp model have been exhausted.
The customer then contacts Hughes Autoformers who will send the new surge board overnight to the customer. This is a free service for the first two years after purchase (product warranty registration required). After two years it is $30 or $50 depending on the model.
The Hughes Autoformers Power Watchdog EPO comes in both hardwired and portable versions. Retail pricing for the 30-amp models average $225 and 50 amp $275. Products are available through RV dealers, RV distributors or contact Hughes Autoformer direct for more information.