Recently my university has changed traditional counter meters into intelligent ones where they cut the power for illegal devices. At first as the rules say, the illegal ones are those with power usage over 1kW but surprisingly it allows those devices to be used but it cuts power for rice cookers with as less as 400W power usage. My question is that if there is any trick that they used to detect rice cookers? And if so, how to bypass it? Does it have anything with current detection?

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    \$\begingroup\$ You want help with breaking the university rules? Just when I thought I'd seen it all... \$\endgroup\$ – Dampmaskin Sep 21 '17 at 20:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Dampmaskin Not really. As I mentioned, the school rules are not comprehensive. It says 1KW is the threshold but my rice cooker is 0.4KW. So I think maybe they should allow us to use it but it seems there is a trick they use to cheat on us with fake declaration of rules. \$\endgroup\$ – lonesome Sep 21 '17 at 20:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ Right. They have cameras in every room and monitoring which devices you are connecting. Really, think about it a bit. And what exactly is the point of "fake declaration of rules"? These are to limit you, not them. \$\endgroup\$ – Eugene Sh. Sep 21 '17 at 20:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ 'k' is for kilo, 'K' is for kelvin, 'W' is for watt. It's "1 kW". What university did you say you are in? \$\endgroup\$ – Transistor Sep 21 '17 at 20:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @EugeneSh. Thanks for your sarcasm. But there is a red light in the new counter meter that when the rice cook is on, it goes off and then the power cuts but when I use other devices like an electronic kettle, that red light doesnt show up. \$\endgroup\$ – lonesome Sep 21 '17 at 20:29

It's much more likely your rice cooker has a significant in-rush current that trips the censor. (Pun intended) The 0.4kW value is once it has warmed up. Initially it probably gobbles up a couple of kW.

If you know how to wire stuff safely, or know someone that does, you may consider an Inrush Current Limiter. Or a suitable Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) might work.

NOTE: ICL probably will not work if the rice cooker contains smart electronics and is not just your simple electro-mechanical thermostat. When the power is applied by the electronics the ICL will drop the voltage to the whole cooker, and the electronics will likely reset. In that case you would need to install the ICL internal to the cooker in series with the heater coil.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat. \$\endgroup\$ – Nick Alexeev Sep 22 '17 at 0:47

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