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Perfect for Unswitchable Appliances!

I put this in our bedroom where we have a TV,PS3 and AT&T Uverse Cable box, and we are only in the room at night time and that the only time when the TV is on, so other then that, all the components would be sitting in standby allllll day long, so I attached the Outlet and it’s great, because I can set it for 30 minutes and I go to bed watch 15 minutes of TV and then the Power turns off automatically, I have Southern California Edison and we have a Smart Meter and I can see my power usage by the hour, and I see the power usage has went down, and it’s saving me money, I recommend this to everyone, it will save you money.

In order to better gauge what your kilowatt price is you should average your last bill and not set it at what your power company says they charge you..

I wanted something that would let me cut power then they weren’t in use without having to reach behind to get the power strip. This was a cheap and easy solution.

I bought one for my toaster and one for my coffee maker (it doesn’t have a good auto-shutoff). I like that this brand of socket lets you set different times until shut-off, though I always use the 30 minute shut-off. The only thing I don’t like is the size. I have one plugged in to an outlet with a switch right next to it (one of those big rectangular switches that you push in the top or bottom) and the plug makes it a bit hard to work the switch. Otherwise, though, it doesn’t get in the way of the other plug.

It didn’t have a switch on it and constantly sparked when unplugging. In fact, it even melted one of our outlets. Having this switch outlet has been wonderful. We can leave it plugged in all the time (without worry about extra current usage) and turn it on whenever we want without worrying about sparks. If I ever have any other appliances like this, I’ll definitely be ordering more of these switches.

So I was happy to find this one because it can be used in more robust scenarios. Also, this is the only switch I have seen that is shaped so that two of these switches will fit into a single wall outlet. The others that I have seen are vertically oriented (switch button on top instead of on the side), so two of them cannot be plugged into the same wall outlet.

To avoid the toasts from getting burned, I end up pulling the plug, sometimes generating a few sparks. Not good. I decided to try this Power Switch. It works perfectly. When I turn it off while the toaster over is still running, there is no sparks!

I ended up buying 4 of them in one order, taking a slight gamble without trying first. Now I ended up using all of them on various devices. I may be buying more in future. Good stuff.

There are some vendors on Amazon web site selling the same products. I only choose products “fulfilled and sold by Amazon”. Amazon stands by the products they sell. Peace of mind.

Great Energy Saving Device

We were able to further reduce power consumption about 15% by putting fans, chargers, coffee maker and our TV entertainment center on count down timers like these. The half hour, 3 hour and 6 hour options are more useful for us than the Woods unit with 1,2,4,8. The outlet also pulls very little power– about 1/5 that of the Woods. We have not tried the outlet on higher wattage appliances as yet.

The on-off switch has a good feel to it, and I suspect it will prove to be reliable in the long run. This allows you to individually turn on and off items plugged into a power strip, something that is occasionally important.

I have been plagued with switches going bad long before electrical devices otherwise cease working. Some lamps, for example, have a ludicrously low-quality on/off switch, and in some cases, the switch is not reasonably replaceable, and when the switch fails, the lamp must be discarded – very frustrating. This switched outlet allows me to use the switch on the outlet and extend the life of what is plugged into it.

I was going to buy your product that automatically turns off the power after a period of time, but so many people who bought it reported that it quit working after only a short period of time that I decided not to do that. This is unfortunate, because that is a product that is potentially very useful. If you could make it more reliable, and then persuade me that it is reliable, I would certainly buy a few of them.

I use it for charging my phone because one of the reasons for early battery failure is over charging the battery. It does great for preventing over charging and I do not have to remember or even be awake to disconnect the charger from power.

I did run into an issue with one of the sockets. Because there is no wall socket near my night stand where I can reach it, I have a conserve socket plugged into an extension cord. One night I dropped my shoes and clothes on top of the socket and it kept the button on top pressed down. The light in the unit is brighter when the button is pressed down. Normally that is not an issue because the button is supposed to be a momentary contact button. You press it and release it in less than a second. My shoes and clothes kept the button pressed all night. The heat from the brighter light melted the plastic a little. I suppose the clothes kept the heat in too. The button would not work after that.

I consider the way that it failed to be due to a fairly unusual set of circumstances. I still recommend this device.

Never Stress about Leaving on Your Flat Iron!

I keep my flat iron plugged in on the 30 minute setting. Of course I still turn off the iron when I’m done using it, but now I don’t stress about accidentally leaving it on all day while I’m at work.

I use it to charge items that don’t shut down the charging on their own, I have a hair trimmer, drill etc that don’t regulate their own battery and just charge until you stop them. That kills the battery if you forget to unplug.

If you plug in your local KW/Hr cost it will calculate an items power expense very accurately. I have found it is a device that gets used rarely and gets stored in a closet though. All in all you’re better off getting a friend to buy and borrow it ;-)

That’s a nice idea, but after awhile, it takes up desk space and I’d like to be able to have it wall mounted, but the way it’s designed, you can not easily do it.

I also didn’t care for the power/connector cable on the plug in portion, that wire sticks out of the top…soooo, either you use the top outlet or you fumble around to plug in the next device. Seems it would be wiser to have that cable coming out of the side or bottom, so you can use the bottom receptacle on a two gang outlet…BUT, that’s personal opinion, as I assume just as many people may prefer it coming from the top to give them a longer reach.

The electric icon button – displays watts consumed.

The earth icon button – displays the amount of CO2 emissions you’re intentionally generating that will destroy our environment and ultimately our world – shame, shame, shame.

THAT SAID, I like this device and it seems to do a good job at calculating energy use. I have used it to measure individual items and on the collective total of several items on a UPS power strip…removing each item one at a time from the power strip, provides about the same reading as individual readings, so it seems pretty accurate.

Seriously, it does give me an awareness of the energy consumed and food for thought on which items are the biggest power hogs…which leads to turning off those extra items more frequently when not in use…so, it does its job.

Either way, this plug extension allows you to plug in that phone or ipad and charge it only for the necessary time. It’s also great for lights you’re afraid you might leave on.

However you choose to use it, turning on a plugged-in electronic is as easy as pushing the button at the top.

Perfect for its Purpose

I also plugged another power strip into the 1st one to power up my phone, tablet and Bluetooth earbuds. My older TV was a rear projection unit that used a lot of juice. It died, I bought a LED and then my town went with electrical aggregation. Because you can adjust this unit to the exact cost per Kilowatt charged, I was able to see my cost per month for electric go from between $15 to $17 per month to only $4.44 now. Hence the TV should pay for itself in about 110 months. Great to see and calculate that.
But I saw in other reviews you should not use this for large appliances like refrigerators, microwaves or washer/dryer. It can cause those type of appliance to BURN OUT COMPRESSORS OR BURN UP. THIS SHOULD BE CLEARLY EXPLAINED IN PRODUCT DETAIL.
I was about to hook up to old fridge in garage that because of its age is a power hog. And it’s a good thing I read that review(s). You can’t buy old type fridge that you can leave in garage below 32 degrees anymore without paying almost $1,000.
It was inexpensive when I bought it, and has worked fine so far with the novelty/Christmas lights that I ordered.
There are timer settings for 30mins, 3 hrs and 6hrs.There is one thing I would have liked to see on it and it doesn’t have.There is no override switch to keep it on when needed. There are a few times where I need it on for the whole day, but there is no way to do that. I have to turn it on again each time the timer expires.
The only drawback is you won’t be able to fit two of them in the same outlets because they are too wide and tall. I just hooked up a power strip to it and use one of them to time out the two items I run off it. I use it to time out my boot dryers so they don’t stay on around the clock.
I use this with my electric blanket in the winter, which doesn’t have a built-in timer. I appreciate that it has three very easy settings (30-min, 3-hr, 6-hr) which are simple enough to adjust in the dark. I also like the look– it’s attractive, unlike many other timers.
This product works exactly as described. The one improvement I suggest (for 5 stars) would be to allow the timer to shut off the appliance without having to unplug it. (This could potentially be implemented through a long duration press on the timer start button).
It works great and has awesome features. It would be nice to be able to program the local cost of electricity though, because in Alaska electricity is much more expensive than most places so the monthly/yearly estimates are fairly inaccurate. But overall this thing is awesome!

I’m Very Glad I Bought This

I’ve also been concerned about how quickly our Cell Phone/GPS/Ipod/Cordless Tool batteries can wear out by overcharging. So I went looking for a plug in device to solve these problems. This turns out to be the one. I can plug in my cordless drill battery, for example, and let it charge for 6 hours and automatially turn off the charging. Days or weeks later, I can return and know I haven’t left the thing on charge the whole time.

You can choose a countdown timer of either 30 minutes, three hours or six hours.

I’d use the 30 minute choice for using the toaster, microwave, coffee maker, etc. I’d use the six hour timer for charging batteries. So far, I haven’t used the three hour timer.

I bought one of these units last month, and I’ve been so pleased that today I ordered two more.

In some situations, you may prefer to simply toggle the power on and off. This unit requires you to unplug the thing in order to kill the power before the timer has run down. Not a big deal, but if that is your more dominant need, there is a better suited product from the same manufacturer (for less money too)….

To avoid burning out my charger and wasting energy, this plug-in was the best answer. It also works great for charging my laptop.

The only negative thing is that sometimes if I want to unplug my stuff before the timer is up, there isn’t a button to turn the charger off – so you have to unplug it, or let it run the allotted time over.

Overall, I’d recommend it for the energy-conscious consumer, if only because it seems the cheapest and easiest option out there. Works well with a basic power strip fully used. Cheaper than implementing WeMo all over the house.

Doesn’t make much sense for outlets that are in tough to reach places like behind furniture, the outlet needs to be readily accessible so you can turn it on (but much easier than plugging and unplugging devices, even though that would be the absolute cheapest solution :p )

Needs to be placed on the top most socket otherwise it will block an outlet. I have confirmed that there is ZERO draw when the green light is not lit up. (thanks, kill-a-watt) I wish they made one that took up the entire two outlets with timers for each outlet

I have it set to shut-off after three hours, otherwise my young son will walk away and leave the TV on for days. If it does actually reach the time limit, he just has to hit the button. I also have a second one in the garage that I use to charge my drill, that way it doesn’t stay on and drain power all the live long day. My only complaint is that mine don’t have an off button. If you decide the kill power before the timer is up, you have to yank it out of the outlet.

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It works great and does help save $$ from Energy Vampires (appliances that still draw energy even when off). It has a small footprint and cheap to boot. I have combined this with other Products like their energy monitor and their surges with remotes and have noticed definite savings in our electric bill. It’s cheap enough to buy a few of them for other electronics in the house.

Overcharging just destroyed those batteries (and it’s not too good on the lithium batteries, either). So I’d set a mechanical timer to a few hours, and walk away. That way we could charge a bank of batteries with a control on each charger.

When I moved to 18v lithium tools, i got these electronic timers. I have found them ideal for this purpose. I use mostly Milwaukee red lithium 18v systems, so the built-in battery charge indicator is a pretty good indicator of the amount of charging required: i’ve found that the smaller red lithium batteries require about 30 min for a half charge, the bigger red lithium battery packs require 1-2 hours for a full change, and so forth. This outlet allows me to time the charge accordingly. 3 hours is more than enough time for Milwaukee battery packs, and yet not too much overcharge.

These chargers are also useful for charging acid battery packs which are from my experience very sensitive to overcharging. I use these outlet timers to charge the batteries on my Currie e_bikes – just set the timer, plug in the charger, and walk away. Full charge takes about 6 hours.

I have had 3 of these for several years, and use them with power strips in the garage. They seem to work fine for my applications. Recommended.

I’d give it five stars if there was a way to shut off the timer once you have initiated power to a device. As it is, the minimum setting is for 1/2 an hour of power, and, once you start the timer, there is no way to shut it off without pulling the timer out of the socket.

Other than that, this little device is a real power saver, especially on high consumption electrical appliances like heaters and fans.

Works nicely in wall outlet. Good for setting device and using this item to switch device on and off. Make sure whether you need a two-prong or three-prong type. Quality made, but would like to see if less expensive that $6+ each. I would havbe bought more if they were discounted for quantity.