Daily Archive: February 25, 2014

Great Way to Kill Off Vampires

I love this product. I have a Chi that does not have an auto shut off so many times I have had to return to the house to be sure I unplugged it. This devise works better than any other timer i have used. The only reason it received 4 stars instead of 5 is because, as others have mentioned, you cannot plug anything else in the other socket when this is being used. Other than that, I love it!

The execution is excellent; the white with green accents is very sleek, and the light in the switch makes it easy to see at a glance whether the outlet is on or off. Now I just need to order about 20 more!

The power switch is located on the right side of the unit and glows green when power is enabled. We use ours with a cell phone charger. It’d be nice if it sold these in a 3-pack value set. I’d love a few more for around the house. I recommend it.

Given that the GFI sockets in my kitchen are mounted sideways (I’d have to replace them to get them mounted vertically, that’s too expensive) I can’t see the lighted switch too well because it’s facing the top of the counter instead of being out to the side.

It’s an excellent concept of item but I don’t see why they did not add some kind of plastic reflection that would use the same light in the device for the switch to also add some light to the face of the device. That would make it a lot easier for people in my situation, seeing as a lot of homes built only 20 years ago will have similar sockets as I have in my kitchen because that was all that was available.

I had to reduce it by a star because of this. If you have plugs in your kitchen or wherever for that matter that don’t have this issue by all means pick it up, it works pretty good and will help reduce useless power consumption on items that don’t need to be sucking power all the time. I’ve been using a multitude of power strips for this very purpose for years and it does help to cut down drastically on power consumed when you do it all over your house. I had done calculations before on how much power I was saving by this method about a year ago and I found that the bills were about 10-20 dollars different each month I had all the extra items “unplugged” by turning off the power strips to those devices when they weren’t needed, it also depended on how much I was using those devices as well. It also means less wear and tear on items as well. So you end up saving even more by not having to replace things as often. I’ve used a wattage consumption tracker on a few occasions to test how much some of the items that I turn off with this little plug in switch use and it was substantial when added up.

Be smart about your power usage and turn off and unplug items that don’t need to be used 24 hours a day… You’ll spend less and replace less.