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The PC TrickleSaver reduces the standby energy consumed by PC Peripheral equipment. The product connects to a PC via a standard USB connector and detects the power status of a PC via the USB port. When a PC is powered the product will switch on all peripheral devices. Conversely when a PC is switched off, the product will switch off all peripheral devices.
The product is easy to install and provides simple automation to reduce wasteful standby energy consumption. It’s suitable for residential and workplace PC applications.
Good Idea -- Not for Inkjet Printers
Pros: Automatically cuts off power-draining devices when not in use. Especially helpful if some of your unnecessary devices make noise (fans, speakers that pick up interference from your cell phone, high-pitched whistles, etc.).
Cons: Some devices shouldn't be turned off!
Other Thoughts: This is a great idea at this price, but be careful! Inkjet printers need time to "park" their print heads after use. They usually do this within a few minutes of the last page out. This device could cut the power to them prematurely, and the printhead would dry out, forcing you to waste ink on cleanings, or even lose the printhead.
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Good idea, but be careful of uses
Pros: Does as it says, turns off devices when the PC is turned off. Is a lot cheaper than the controller outlet strip solutions I have found, but this only has one plug available! See Cons. Have had no problems with it after setting it up, seems reliable. I live where we use A/C about 6-7 months per year. With a 58W average phantom load that is off for about half the day and paying attention to the A/C effects, my payback time was ~ 9 months. I don't know how the other reviewer came up with no payback.
Cons: - Only has one plug, so an outlet strip or other kind of break-out will be needed for running multiple loads. This adds to payback time if buying an outlet strip.
Other Thoughts: I'm a power electronics engineer, so I do these kind of calculations all of the time. Almost universally, people forget that the waste heat has to be removed by the air-conditioner, and adds about a 50% energy hit during the months that A/C is being used. My unit is controlling a speaker amplifier, scanner, USB hub, and a printer (I sometimes leave on by mistake). By using a Kill-A-Watt, I found I average about 58W added power with the PC on (not including the PC power).
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Novel but simple idea
Pros: As an isolation device, I guess it is ok. Nice if you ar ethe type of person that turs all your devices off & cant reach the buttons on all of them
Cons: For the cost of this unit, you will never "make back" the money saved on the devices it is supposed to disconnect.
Other Thoughts: I'm an electrician & an electrical tech. Anyone could probably make this, but not for under twenty dollars, and it wouldnt look so nice.
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