Not Sense, but general electrical question, so hoping the group of people here with all sorts of gadget ideas have thoughts.
Has anyone ever seen a device that you can plug two devices into and set a priority, so if one is running, it turns off the other, then when done, reverts?
Basic premise - small office in large office building = getting any new wiring is very hard.
We want to add a hot water tea kettle to our little kitchenette that consists of a Keurig, ice maker, microwave and water dispenser. We have two x 15amp circuits which is fine now as the Keurig can be on one, the microwave on the other, and then the lower power devices are split.
The hot water kettle is going to start popping breakers if its used at the same time as either the Keurig or Microwave. While one would hope a sign saying “don’t use X if Y is in use” would work, we can’t trust it.
So i’m hoping for a “smart” solution that is actually not all that smart and just mechanical. A long ago in college, I remember you could rent the “micro fridge” from the school. It was an all in one mini fridge with microwave attached to the top. If you were using the microwave, it would cut power to the fridge so the compressor couldn’t kick on. As soon as the microwave was done, it would flip back so the fridge could power up if needed.
I’m looking or something similar. So I can put the tea kettle and the microwave on the same circuit. If Microwave turns on, power to tea kettle gets cut. Internet searches have been been tricky as you can see how many words it took to explain this and I can’t find the right keywords other than “relay”. Ideally I’m looking for something that exists, not a custom build as this will go into the office and they are less likely to like a custom electrical project.
Anyone know of anything like that, or of parts that cold go together in a somewhat easy fashion that doesn’t look too home made?