Dale Hodgins wrote:I bought this washing machine for use in Cebu Philippines. It cost almost exactly $150 Canadian or about 110 American. It's an awesome machine.
It draws 250 watts. Clothes were usually run for about 15 minutes and they came out nice and clean. Four loads consume 250 watt hours. So, we could wash 16 loads with one kilowatt hour of electricity. [..]
Dale Hodgins wrote:
It's rated for 6 kg. The biggest thing I washed was a large duvet. I found that when a large load is done , it spins better if done in two batches. It's possible to spin a load while the machine is also washing. The drain switch takes a little getting used to. A couple times I tried to fill the machine while it was on drain. There's no drain pump, the water just runs out.
Dale Hodgins wrote:I don't know the RPM but the picture of the unit should lead to the company website. I think it's Japanese. It spins them dryer than any clothing I've ever removed from a spinner.
I only know the wattage stated. I don't know if it's an average wattage or if it's only when the motor is going. Because it gives a little turn then it stops, and it continues this throughout the cycle. Probably only rotating for 1/3 of the time, but the water continues to slosh around until the next shot of power. Spinner time is generally under a minute, so not a big consideration for power. I use warm water a few times but it was big jugs that I had laid out in the sun. Homes there don't have water heaters.
The low draw is important, because I expect to eventually get my power from a battery bank powered by solar. People generally do their wash once the day starts warming up. It's an activity that women often do in the shade, when it's hot outside. The most comfortable part of the house I was living in, was a rear lean-to with plenty of ventilation and lines for hanging clothes. There was a bare metal roof with no insulation. It was hot to the touch, yet the building was so well ventilated that it remains comfortable. Clothing is placed near the ceiling. If I were doing my own drying room for a laundromat, I would use racks that can be hoisted close to the ceiling once they are loaded. Every commercial laundry that I saw, had very limited space and they used gas or electric powered dryers. But every Home Laundry system I witnessed, whether using a washing machine or the much more common wash tub, used only line drying.