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Item#: N82E16882259001

TrickleStar 150PC-US-W PC TrickleSaver

  • Reduces standby energy consumption
  • Powers off peripheral devices
  • SB Cord: 1.5 Meters
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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.

  • newegg Great Power Saver The PC TrickleSaver reduces vampire power consumed by desktop and notebook peripherals. It works with existing powerstrips.
  • newegg Easy to Use The product is easy to install, no configure required. It connects to a PC via a standard USB connector. It can be connected directly to any equipment or a standard electrical power strip with a number of connected devices.

Learn more about the TrickleStar 150PC-US-W

General

Brand
TrickleStar
Model
150PC-US-W
Type
Power saver

Specification

Power Requirements
120 VAC +/- 10% 50Hz

Feature

Features
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. The product is suitable for residential and workplace PC applications.

The product can be connected directly to equipment or connected to a standard electrical powerstrip with a number of connected devices.

The PC TrickleSaver requires the PC to switch off completely.

The PC TrickleSaver will not work when a PC is placed into a sleep / hibernation state.

Relay Rating: 10A

SB cord: 1.5 meters

Power in cord: 0.3 meter

Power out cord: 0.2 meter

Operating Temperature: 0° to 45°C

Storage Temperature: -20ºC to +60ºC

Humidity: 5 to 90% N/C

Manufacturer Warranty

Labor
90 days limited
Parts
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 90 days


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  • Todd A.
  • 7/17/2011 4:01:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsHas it's purpose - works as advertised

Pros: It powers off as it's supposed to anything on the PLUG side. We switched in 2008 to 100% solar power (company did the switch - my company - my rules) and batteries, netbooks and ULV powered computers, LED lights and swamp coolers and cargo shorts over A/C (A/C is still used but not 5 months a year). So powering off the accessory parts was vital to not drain the batteries overnight.

Cons: 150w TOTAL capacity. Please EVERYONE learn how electricity works. Amps X Volts = Wattage. MaH is MilliAmp per hour consumption. So divide by 1000 or just move the decimal three spots for AMPS. So an iPad power adapter is .21 amps, not 21amps.

150w is not as much as you think. A typical desktop computer from 2005 will draw over 300w. A 19" CRT will draw 45w, a 19" LCD will draw 45w (surprised on that one? me too), 22" LED LCD will draw 20w.

An Epson stylus AIO inkject consumes 31w when copying. An Apple APE base station takes up 16w. External drive 10-40w depends.

Know your stuff.

Other Thoughts: 1000 watts is 1KW. Use 1000w in an hour and that's 1KWHr. In PA at this time we are paying total .1344 per KwHr (tax, distribution, etc and that's average). They pay YOU only production rate when you sell back, hence batteries. Less panels needed with batteries which saves more than it would produce, cost wise.

So each cell charger, LCD, etc has a vampire draw. Most are 1w. Add up all the devices on the power strip and you get 6-8w of standby (average here some may be more or less) saved per hour. Over 14hrs that's 120w PER unit. 3.6 KwHr per MONTH. Or roughly 50 cents per month saved (3.6 X .1344 x 30 days x #Units). So it would take a few years for most to get the "payback". It will save power and works as advertised. It saves us about 7hrs sun per month, per person. Which is worth about 10 work hours. Batteries have less drain = less wear as well.

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  • Jeffrey W.
  • 12/28/2010 6:09:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGood 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.

Also, be sure novice users know that cutting power to some computer devices, like routers, can wipe their settings.

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  • Charles M.
  • 8/11/2010 4:44:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood 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.

-The USB control appears to detect only the power lines on the USB port (probably to drive the relay direct). If the USB port does not power down, the TrickleSaver does not turn off. It would cost more to add intelligence into the unit to talk with the PC - and a driver would need to be written.

-The website could use some work. Download the PDFs to get an idea what they can and can't do.

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).

They also make a power cord sensed unit that may do a better job than sensing USB power.

I would doubt that the unit opens the neutral (commented by other reviewer) as it would add another relay contact and raising costs. Anyway, it would have no effect on all UL listed appliances since UL requires that appliances not need neutral when off. Per UL, ground has to be maintained or double insulation used.

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  • TRAVIS S.
  • 8/9/2010 4:38:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsNovel 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.

Devices made in the last few years that are idling or on standby really dont use that much power.

Some devices I own remain OFF when switched off, so I'd have to manually turn them on again.

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.

Links dont work; navigate directly to the main page.

I worry about the grounding, and I sure hope the neutral isnt switched off.

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