New Critical Problem with ‘Smart’ Meters: The Switching-Mode Power Supply (SMPS)

It’s now becoming more widely known that microwave radiation is not the only type of radiation from smart meters that is causing illness.

Just when you thought you had mastered all the esoteric acronyms, and all the problems with ‘smart’ meters, here’s one more: Switching-Mode Power Supply or SMPS. This new element in the ‘smart’ meter controversy deserves immediate full official and public attention.

In our on-going investigation into why so-called ‘smart’ meters being installed against rising public opposition are causing so many people to be sick, and so many problems with other electric and electronic equipment, we have been fortunate to obtain the advice of electrical engineers.

On examination of typical meters, including ABB, GE, and Landis Gyr, they report that, in addition to its RF transmitter, each wireless digital meter also has a component called the ‘switching-mode power supply’ (SMPS) – switching power supply for short. Its function is to ‘step down’ the 240v alternating current (AC) coming in from the utility pole power lines to the 2 to 10 volts of direct current (DC) required to run the meter’s digital electronics which record the electricity usage data.

The SMPS function emits sharp spikes of millisecond bursts constantly, 24/7. The SMPS on the OWS 514 NIC model, for instance, which is the smart meter model widely installed by PG&E throughout its territory, has been measured to emit spikes of up to 50,000 hz and higher. This constant pulsing of high frequencies, in addition to the RF function, is causing not only interference with other electric and electronic equipment in many homes with smart meters installed, but also is causing havoc with biological systems in its field of exposure.

Dirty Electricity
When current flows through the wiring of a building it generates a surrounding electro-magnetic field that radiates outward all around the wires at right angles to the direction of the current’s flow and reaches out into the room.

It is well known that switching power supplies can generate spikes of so-called electromagnetic interference (EMI), or high frequency transients, which then travel along the wiring in the walls, radiating outward in the wiring’s electromagnetic field.

Such spikes are known as ‘dirty electricity’ and can be conducted to a human body that is within the range of the radiating field. This function is on all smart meters used by all utilities and is on constantly, 24/7.

One of the engineers explains it this way:
“Extensive measurements have demonstrated that all of the meters measured so far, including ABB, GE, and Landis Gyr, emit noise on the customer’s electric wiring in the form of high frequency voltage spikes, typically with an amplitude of 2 volts, but a frequency anywhere from 4,000 Hertz, up to 60,000 Hz. The actual frequency of the phenomena is influenced by the devices that are plugged into the customer’s power. Some houses are much worse than others, and this observation has been confirmed by PG&E installers that have talked to us.”

Another Fatal Flaw in ‘Smart’ Meters
It is this ‘dirty electricity’ generated by the e-meters’ switching power supplies that is a major contributor to the symptoms being reported by growing numbers of people in association with the e-meters thus far installed.

James Heddle and Mary Beth Brangan. Abridged from: SUMA – NW


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25 Responses to New Critical Problem with ‘Smart’ Meters: The Switching-Mode Power Supply (SMPS)

  1. Yes, it’s not just the powerline comms, it’s not just the dirty electricity, it’s radiation problem, it’s your pineal gland turning into a bone problem, it’s your home acting like antenna problem,. it’s affecting pipes, water, dirt and air, psyhcology and physiology.. everything. It’s purposely given to us, so we die early… Englishman is behind the idea, dont kill the messenger. First time ever I moved into a council flat, noticed everything from smoke alarm to cameras on the grid and they are generating a buzz i can hear, a few weeks without much sleep I’ve had a corneal abrasion f, vertigo started, pain in the ear, but we cant explain it,. im now hearing noises, two types of noise, one is like a whistle like whine, sometimes sounds like mors code and the other one is a deep hum that is constant in the property. , .Signal interference and leaks occur in these places. If you have smart grid,and if you live in a Multi Storey building, DO NOT USE LAPTOPS inside the property, Say theres 55 flats sharing the building, and each got two smart meters running + routers, electronics etc… The problem Quadrupled already… Electromagnetic torture facility… Free cancer., matrix of hell…. . So these strong bursts end up in our adsl routers and thats why for example in England we’ve bad internet, constantly, we can never achieve ideal signal levels, people blame Virgin etc for not getting them the right speed, but it’s a matter of smart grid, the infrastructure, that ISPs got to use.. , UTV and 4G even now 5G is leaking into our appliances, with smart grid we’re also inviting outside radiation in, if you have a 5G nearby be sure of that the smart grid is actually picking that signal up, brining that radiation in your home, now this trips our equipments too,, the ISP disconnects the customer on a weekend and says “theres maintanance” where theres not, the truth is the persons smart grid is releasing REIN (repeatative electronical impulse noise) and it is causing loss of data over xDSL-as the lines get hot during weekends, .. Unfortunately that radiation penetrates us via the laptop the most,

  2. This is important information and there is no excuse for ignorance on the matter.

    I have a question about a similar topic:

    Is a ‘ripple control Receiver type e3’ a type of smart meter?

    And does it emit radiation in any frequency range?

    • Cathy says:

      It sounds like it isn’t a smart meter, but a device for remotely switching on the heating for something like a hot water system. See the following link:
      What a crazy system! As the article says, it is using frequencies higher than the 50 hertz current that should be on wiring. If ripple control frequencies can affect lights etc., what about the effect on humans and pets??

      • Michael Freeburn says:

        This ripple control frequency has been around years long before smart meters. It’s what switches your hot water systems on during off peak periods. Any effect of this would have been felt by now.

        • Deb says:

          Anything spreading dirty electricity on the grid and into our homes is a disaster. The propagation of harmful ground currents is also likely. Artificial extremely low frequency EMF has the same propensity to cause harm as pulsed microwaves.

  3. Dr Peter Lozo says:

    I (being a physicist) don’t think that Mr Scott was correct. I would say that the retired electronics technician doesn’t know what is going on. Check this YouTube video at time period 4:00 – 6:00 minutes “Nerve Disrupting Frequencies Radiating from “Smart” Meters”

    It is seen that even when the smart meter isn’t transmitting there is noise on the wiring to the house that is significantly larger than when the smart meter isn’t plugged in. This is due to the SMPS. The noise then increases during the period of transmission.

    See #29

  4. MM59 says:

    Watch a demonstration of the frequencies put out of an Arizona, USA smart meter at this link.

  5. Sharon says:

    Dirty electricity is not a problem associated with smart meters only. Any digital meter will create dirty electricity because it runs on electricity which must be converted. This is another reason why we all must fight to keep our analogs.

  6. Sharon says:

    All digital meters (non-analog) run on electricity and create dirty electricity, so don’t think that this is a smart meter problem alone. This is one more reason we should demand to keep our analogs.

  7. Take Action Now says:

    So what can I do to have my Analog meter returned?

    Am I able to legally have it reinstalled.?

    Are there any manufacturers of the analog meter that we can contact to have this installed?

    Is it possible to set up a class action against the who is reaponsible for this. I am guessing the legal profession is going to get paid on this as it will come down to politics?

  8. Adam says:

    Switch mode power supplies are one of the most common power supply types. Every computer and laptop thesedays uses one, along with mobile phones, battery chargers etc…

  9. Robert Scott says:

    Just about every piece of electronic equipment used in your homes now days uses a SMPS, very few use a conventional power transformer. For instance all televisions and have done for the last at least 20 years, computers all use a SMPS and have done since their inception. By replacing the heavy and expensive power transformer, appliances with SMPS the instrument or electronics equipment can become cheaper because the low frequency transformer has to be wound on iron laminations and can be labour intensive. Most SMPS reside in a shielded metal box so any leakage RF is contained as it would be in a Faraday shield cage.
    So stop taking the words of an inexperienced so called engineer as they know diddly squat about the real world of electronics. Only in some sensitive instruments like sensitive radio receivers are power transformers still used. The RF radiation (not micro wave radiation) would not extend much beyound the equipment itself.
    Rob Scott (Retired RAAF electronics technician, with over 40 years in the trade)

    • Powerunseen says:

      Unfortunatly Rob you are not quite right. I burned out two taperecorders from the spikes coming from the SM computer supply. Just look at the mains with a scope. I needed a double -conversion ups to deal with the problem. The computer power supply is in a metal box within the metal computer case. The hash just travels up the wires, 25, 50 KHz so much so the scope has difficulty latching onto anything.

  10. TL says:

    A couple of points of clarification are required:
    1 These SMPS bursts are present even when the communications card is absent or deactivated, correct? So it would be of little comfort for someone having a non-communicating smart meter forced upon them to say, “Well, it’s not emitting radio frequencies”.
    2. Do we know if these SMPS bursts account for some of the up to 190,000 bursts ( that smart meters emit each day, or are these two completely different matters?

    • Let's get real about RF says:

      1. Yes, as other responses have noted, any digital meter (communicating or not) creates ‘dirty’ electricity (ie harmonics and transients). And there are a whole load of other things doing the same! The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) said in 2011 that “Harmonic pollution is a growing problem caused by the widespread use of power supplies and other non-linear loads. It can result in power loss and equipment damage and it may also be related to environmental safety issues.” How much worse must the problem now be??
      2. The “Quantifying Smart Meter RF EME Levels in Victorian Homes” report focused on measuring the microwave RF pulses from smart meters (so higher up in the spectrum). This is a different issue. You can read the report if you follow the links through on the post that you gave.

    • Charles says:

      The 190,000 relates to wireless “bursts” and not SMPS.

      I’m not sure whether “bursts” is a really correct term when describing the “high frequency voltage transients” (otherwise known as “dirty power” or “dirty electricity”) on home wiring. This is because when dirty power is present on wiring it is a constant spiking without interval.

      SMPS “bursts” will still be present on any digital meter regardless of whether it is a transmitting meter or not. The activity relates to the conversion of AC power to DC power required to operate the meter itself. I believe that a wireless transmitting meter will have more electrical activity within it than a non transmitting meter. I would say that the greater the electrical activity within a digital meter,,Furthermore the 190,000 wireless bursts themselves also get onto the wiring in dirty electricity form. So any digital meter will produce dirtythe greater the amount of SMPS dirty electricity. Thus any digital meter will place dirty electricity onto home wiring but a transmitting digital meter will not only place more even dirty electricity onto home wiring but also dirtier dirty electricity. This dirty electricity not only gets onto your own home wiring but it also gets into the grid itself and thus onto the wiring of neighboring houses as well.

      Dirty electricity present in wiring behind bedheads causes headaches. This was my own experience. Removing the dirty electricity from the wiring in the house but especially behind the bedhead will cause the headaches to gradually ease off and cease. I proved this by several different means and methods.
      1. Switching off all my power at the mains.
      2. Switching off completely and permanently the circuit breaker for the circuit that incorporates the wiring behind my bedhead
      (also muffling the dirty power on the rest of the circuits in the house through filtering)
      3. Utility company disconnection of power from neighboring properties having smart meters (for non payment of accounts)

      These three methods all gave me relief from unending debilitating headaches.

      Each of these three methods were exercised in conjunction to the effectual shielding my house from the wireless transmissions of surrounding property smart meters as confirmed by a hand held radio frequency transmission measuring device.

  11. Anonymous says:

    What good does a comment do. Australia is not involved in politics…NONE. It’s all pretense……We might stall them with this nonsense but they’ll get their way in the end. WHATS THE POINT.

    • Aldo says:

      It only takes one person to take a strong stand that can achieve much. If you choose to just roll over and die, then you are dead. It’s THEN that they’ll certainly get their way.

    • geoffrey says:

      exactly, asking our “owners” to stop it is a waste of time. the only way to stop this mass genocide on us is to physically force them to, but we the people now have no right to that even in self defense.

  12. andrew whitney says:

    We still have our original analogue meter with a padlock on it. Let’s all fight on, never give up and keep the pressure on. There is so much evidence now globally from experts in the medical, scientific and environmental fields that the government will be forced to act. Instead of people being forced to have smart meters, the government will be forced to remove them. Never, never, never, never, never give up as a bloke in a bowler hat once said.

    • Andrew Samman says:

      We too still have our analogue meter locked up in the meter box with a CCTV camera watching it.

    • Happy Dissenter says:

      Agree 100 % with you Andrew. I’ll never move house into one with a smart meter. They will have to carry me out in a box.

  13. Anonymous says:

    SMPP is just lazy, they should have a transformer. I know all about this rubbish because I play guitar, and it makes everything buzz like crazy using single coil pickups. I would take a hammer to this if it was in my power

    • Jp says:

      I know in my recording studio they changed to a new “smart Meter” which was wired and grounded properly, ever since the meter was installed I have had nothing but problems with 60 cycle hum on previously well wired and operating circuits. I am putting power quality analyzer on the mains to see what’s going on. My day job is Professor of Electrical Engineering and a Licensed Master Electrician. Power Quality is the issue for me. Utility Company is required to provide me with power factor of 1 +/- .5% so we will see how its affected. Building was completely required with separate facility and production mains panels with an very good grounding system. The analog meter did not give me any problems. However the changeover to an entire grid to smart meters is when the problem showed up. Fixing power quality can get expensive, but not impossible to fix. Further investigation is necessary. I won’t simply blame the one piece of gear. But rather that it may be symptomatic of a larger problem that was either masked by the analog system, or circumvented because of it.

      • Anonymous Tony says:

        Hi Jp. Is your power quality analyzer a device similar to a cathode ray oscilloscope. I use a stetzerizer meter to detect dirty power on my home wiring. And I use stetzerizer filters to clean dirty power on home power circuits with the exception of circuit running behind my bedhead which I have chosen to decommission by switching it off in the meter box. Do you have any suggestions for fixing power quality for the whole home the power supply point (meter box) ?

        I would be happy to know the findings of your own investigations. Perhaps you could post them here ???

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