Daily Archive: February 24, 2014

Fantastic Way to See What Anything You Plug in Uses for Energy!

I have an older model and needed more. I really like this Conserve Power Switch and the new style is nice. They are both economical and terribly useful.

I wish the unit could be thinner but it does the job. Three setting; 6, 3 and 30min as I recall. No more leaving my chargers on all the time. I have an old electric razor whose batteries are dead. Leaving it plugged in was a waste of power but this unit allows me to set the charge time for 30min and I can shave with my old razor. It was worth the money. I am thinking about getting one more.

It works as advertised- select the time to charge, hit the top button and it shuts off after charging for that amount of time. What I dislike about this product is that the time spans given of 1/2, 3 & 6 are too ridged for me. Find that I charge my instruments by the half hour several times to keep from having to have it on for the full 3 hours. I only need 1.5 hours to charge most things and think that adding a 1 hour option would have served this product well or to have it shut off automatically after it somehow senses that the charge is full. My other complaint is that my children like to push the ‘on’ button just to see the green light. Probably should have been made so that it doesn’t turn on to charge something when nothing is plugged in. With these two changes I would have given it 5 stars but it would probably cost a lot more as well.

While this is really nice, it’s not really any better than unplugging your device from the wall. Either way, when you want to use the device you have to reach to the outlet, and either plug in your device, or flip the switch. Then, when you’re done, you have to reach to the wall and unplug the device, or flip the switch. Flipping the switch doesn’t really take any less time than unplugging the device. While these outlets do look cool, and do do what they’re supposed to do, I’m not convinced it’s worth the cost.

This can be used for Blueray players, DVD players and similar devices that consume some power even when powered down. A simple flick of the switch to off position will cut off all power to the device. It works as advertised but I prefer the other products such as smart power strips that cut power when you turn the main device off. That type of strip does the turn off automatically of the other devices so you never have to think about it. This device is probably better suited for a kitchen for coffee makers and other applicances that pull power.

I’ve owned many power strips, USB hubs, surge protectors, printer cables, and peripheral-sharing switches. Every single device has performed reliably over time, exactly as advertised. This little energy-conserving device appears to be another fine product. You plug the device into a wall outlet, plug an appliance into the device, and the device turns the wall outlet and the plugged-in appliance on or off, with the flip of a little switch. The switch lights up in green to show that the wall outlet is delivering power to whatever it is that is plugged into the device.

When it is plugged into a wall outlet, the on/off switch is quite close to the wall. This means that it is just as easy to unplug whatever is plugged into the outlet as to flip the switch. So the main use for this switch that I see is to be able to turn off a device that you don’t want to plug and unplug all the time (to avoid wear and tear on the power cord).

As a matter of design, the lighted on/off switch isn’t particularly well-placed–it’s on the right side, not on the front. This means that when the device is plugged in, the lighted switch may be facing away from you or downward (depending on how your wall outlets are oriented), and you won’t be able to tell at glance whether the outlet is on or off.