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Attractive and Useful

Anyway the product works well and i used my Kill-A-Watt and it did not draw anything to the level the Kill-A-Watt would have detected the light on the toggle switch so it’s fair to say the draw won’t cost you much but I still don’t see the purpose of the light since it is not bright enough to tell it is on in daylight. Overall a good product and the price is right.

The unit is functional and is being used to power a coffee maker (Krups Model 197, Thermal-Carafe version). The coffee maker operates as normal and is running at its normal power input of 1100 watts (120V AC). Because the coffee maker uses a thermal carafe there is no hot plate so the power drawn after the coffee is made is very low but the boiler is energized for about 30 seconds every five minutes as it tests to see if any water is there to be boiled.

We set the  timer for the “½ hour” selection. So after the initial 10 minutes the brewing is completed and thereafter the coffee maker goes into its test cycling. It would be expected that the timer would shut off the power to the coffee maker at the 30 minute point. Unfortunately our timer always fails to shut off at the 30 minute point but instead continues on for an additional 10 to 30 minutes (so the total timer ON time with our coffee maker connected varies randomly between 40 to 60 minutes).

Testing the unit with a much lighter load (100 watts incandescent) it works perfectly, it cuts off in 30 minutes accurate right to the second. So our Socket Power Timer works well with light loads but becomes erratic with loads over 1000 watts (but still well under the maximum rated level of 1800 watts).

Based on its specifications this product should work easily in our application. I would like to receive a replacement unit that would work properly in this application or if there is an inherent problem, receive information from Amazon as to the suitability of the product to this application.

There is a distinct advantage in using a timed socket such as this when charging devices and I honestly believe it can preserve a batteries lifetime. Plus you have the whole electricity and cost savings advantage built into it. If there was anything to improve it would be additional 8 and 12 hour timer settings. Also, some sort of on off switch would be nice. In the end they are minor gripes and I love this device.

This allows me to be confident that whether or not I remember to turn an appliance off, this socket will shut it off for me. I highly recommend this product. y average and cumulative power use, and not just “cost-per-month” and “cost-per-year.” I cannot understand why the power-use figures are not available for display, since they clearly have to be tracked and recorded in order to compute the “cost.” It’s easy enough to do the math and derive the numbers I’m looking for, but it’s silly that that step is necessary.

I guess it was trying to make this into a device to “wake up” lazy consumers, but it’s still geeky enough that it should be able to display the raw data, and the CO2 function is just somebody at stroking their ego. My electricity is generated with a shifting mix of natural gas, wind, and nuclear. At no two times during the week does a single watt of electricity create the same amount of CO2. That particular display on the outlet is going to be such a poorly educated guess that I doubt I’ll ever even look at it, and the real estate on the device and in the software could have been better spent.

It’s functional and good enough that the above gripes are certainly not a deal breaker. You won’t regret buying this, even if you’re looking for raw numbers. It just seems like they should acknowledge that control-and-information-freak nerds are using this.

Good for Arthritis

Has an on/off switch, and emits a pleasant clear green glow when on. I use one for my microwave to stop it from flashing messages at me (and turn on a light bulb to warn me that the door is open) when I expect it to be off, and another on my Toaster McMuffin Maker to keep it from sucking in watts for the 23.5 hours a day when not in use. Some fellow shoppers have complained that these things cease functioning or otherwise malfunction after a spell. I’ve been using my two for a month now and I hope they never give me any grief.

I use this product on my radio. I set the outlet for 30 minutes and use it at night so I can listen to the radio for 30 minutes before I go to sleep. I also have another one in the bathroom to control my toothbrush sanitizer. After 30 minutes, it goes off and does not stay on all day long or until the next time I use it.

I turn off the switch in the morning and turn it back on when I use it to heat up my bedroom. I also use one in the kitchen for my hot water kettle. I turn off the switch for safety reasons. I do not want to accidentally turn on the kettle when there is no water in it. Great product.

This just makes it convenient without having to tug at my cell phone plug all the time. I have arthritis pain in my wrists, so it’s much easier for me to flip a switch than grab and pull at my power cord. I don’t use this on my computer mostly because it’s plugged into the surge protector. It’s a great switch if you know anyone who has arthritis issues or just appreciates the convenience of a switch.

I toss my equipment on a rack and hit the button on the unit to power the fan. I can set it and forget it. My hockey equipment dries 10x faster and the fans turn off automatically after the time I set. I used to have to let fans run all night because my games end late, but now I’m saving time and energy.

So far it seems to work great. She was a little concerned about 1/2 hour being too short of a time, and unfortunately there is no way to adjust the time beyond the 1/2 hour, 3 hour, and 6 hour times, but so far it has been fine. It’s a good concept, and it is nice that it draws zero power after it shuts off (not that that is very applicable to curling irons and straighteners).

I was a little surprised at how bulky it is, but it doesn’t block the outlet below it, so that is nice. The green light is also so dim that I wouldn’t be able to tell if it was on or off at a glance.

Overall this is a good product. It’d be nice if it was trimmer, more adjustable, and the green light actually lighted, but for the price it’s a great way to keep your house from burning down. Let me know if you have any questions. Hope this was helpful!

I Love Saving Energy with These Things

We use them every night to charge ipads, ipods, kindles, phones, etc, etc.. And although it will probably take years to save enough energy to recoup the purchase cost, I like the idea of being green. (I’d guess hybrid car owners buy a disproportionately high number of these). I do have another motive though. Most new device batteries, which are usually lithium ion, are maintained best when they are charged often after any use, but they shouldn’t sit constantly on a charger. After I use a device, it goes on a charger for the night, and I don’t have to worry about forgetting to take them off in the morning, even if I don’t use them for days. And finally, these are great for toys and game machines and TVs that the kids use for a couple hours, but stay in a power-using standby mode if left plugged in.

I put up 50,000 Xmas lights every year and sometimes I melt stuff. So the Belkin does not tell me Amps…but it does tell me Watts that are being drawn and I can do the math. So, I finally have a device that tells me what I need to know without finding out by trial and error.

This handy gadget allows me to set it to run for either 1/2 hour, 3 hours, or 6 hours. My sinuses are happy and my room does not get drenched in moisture. win/win. I am sure there are many other uses for this socket also.

It works as intended and is priced fairly. The only problem is that most households would need lots of these things, since many tv’s also have dvr’s and/or video games for example. For those instances, I think a surge protector with an off switch is a better choice, and this would be better suited for the spare tv’s or other single items in your house. For that use, it is a smart choice.

I plugged my devices into the switch when I need them I turn it on and when I don’t I turn it off. No green LED or anything in the device sucking power when I don’t need it. It also had the switch on side I needed it on.

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 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 Belkin sold these in a 3-pack value set. I’d love a few more for around the house. I recommend it.

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.

Keep the Peace with your Teen Daughter

After realizing the adapters are always draining come power, even if not in use, this seemed to be a good device to help conserve some energy. And after my initial use it turned out to be just OK.

The operation is very simple, you set a timer (which has a few preset options, 3 hours being my default), and hit the small start button. The missing thing is, a second press on the button resets the timer, but does not turn it off, as I would have expected to do.

Thus between replacing the power-strip with an intelligent surge protector with auto off timers, and fancy stuff, and converting the old one cheaply, the latter seemed to be a better option. So far, I’m satisfied with its operation.

But make sure you know what you’re getting. There are no custom timer settings, no off button, and there is only a single (large) socket. If you can do with that you’re given this seems to be a nice device.

The only improvement would be if there was a setting somewhere between 30 minutes and 6 hours. Would be nice if you could set it for whatever time limit you wanted. But, it works like a charm and whatever is plugged into it will turn off after the set amount of time expires. Very nice.

It seems that the things he wants left on use ‘very little’ electricity but if I want to leave something on I’m not being responsible because I’m wasting electricity. NOW we have the answers. As long as he believes them :-) This is a very easy product to use. Just plug it in (it is a three plug and must have a grounded socket) and then plug your electrical item in the socket that is part of the unit. You have three options for display: CO2 use for a month or year (that is the CO2 that the electric company will use generating the electricity for this item), monthly or yearly averaged electrical costs (based on a national electricity cost that can be overridden with your own local costs) and the actual wattage being used by the item.

I found it interesting that a cordless phone appears that it is using no electricity until its charge is used and it has to recharge. So far I haven’t found any big surprises but I haven’t tried everything. In regards to trying the TV and some other high use items, it is a little hard sometimes to get to the plug. I guess the big question is this, with so many items staying in standby mode, are we really willing to change our habits and unplug these high frequency items when not in use. I know that many of mine require reprogramming once they’ve lost power so it seems a little unreasonable. But what this will do is make us think about the things that we keep plugged in but don’t use often. Maybe those are things we should unplug when not in use.

The best thing is that now the heated debates are no longer an issue as the evidence of me being right all the time is all that is needed to bring them to a quick demise.

Killawatt was a Waste of Money

“Perfect! We have so many things that draw power even when not being used!” and grabbed it. Yet I can’t find a practical use for it. All of my expensive electronics are plugged into surge protectors or UPSes (Uninterruptible Power Sources), and those are the things that draw the most power when they’re not turned on. Because you have to turn this power switch on and off yourself, it’s not useful if you can’t easily reach the outlet. And if you can easily reach the outlet, you can simply unplug whatever’s plugged in, like your toaster or a heating pad. I can easily see potential annoyance developing if you go to turn on an appliance that’s plugged into this, only to realize after your toast isn’t toasting that you forgot to flip the switch on this gadget. So really, it has very limited usage and is now going to be just another item in the junk drawer! I’d happily pay twice the amount for one that had a wireless remote control on/off switch…now THAT would be useful!!

For any plug not at eye level this is not the best choice. It looks like it glows in the dark but it does not. The switch lights up when its on which is just wasteful. Captain Planet would not be happy. I feel like it costs more because of greenwashing and I’m sure you could probably find a cheaper switch at a hardware store that does not light up when you use it. I brought a wireless remote control plug set made for Christmas lights by GE that was $5 instead of the $30 conserve remote power strip. It came with three remote plugs and they can be used outside. Its good to be green but do not let companies ripe you off.

Because it isn’t really the product or the manufacturers fault that the product didn’t do what I expected it to do. If anyone is to blame it could be the copy description on the website. I would recommend if you are thinking of purchasing this item that you go to the actual product’s website and read the features and benefits on that website.

I have been using it a little more and I changed my mind. I am using it to test the wattage on my computer and it does a great job. It tells you the real amount of watts it uses, how much does it cost you yearly to use it, and its carbon footprint. hopefully they’ll come up with a bluetooth version that connects to your pc or smartphone

I got a few of these and a few of the smart sockets (Conserve Socket F7C009q Energy-Saving Outlet) with built in 1/2 hr, 3hr, and 6hr timer. The advantage this has over that is the on off switch. I prefer the smart socket with timer. In the end I guess that is what I was looking for but I’m putting this socket to good use as a way to conserve energy when an appliance is not in use. But on that subject I think I would just as well get a power strip with on off button.