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Smart Power Strip

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Overall rating:
4.5 / 5
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(6 reviews) 6
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Rating breakdown 6 reviews
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6 out of 6(100%)reviewers recommend this product.
Customer reviews for Smart Power Strip
Review 1 for Smart Power Strip
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
FromCentral NJ
Shopping Frequency:every 2 to 3 months
I have used this product for:2-5 years

save energy the easy way

PostedAugust 15, 2011
This thing is easy to use. Just plug in a "control" item such as a lamp, and then any electrical products that you need will be turned on or off based on the status of the control. We use it to turn off power to a computer that is only used once a week or so. Lots of devices use energy just by being plugged in, and this "smart" strip helps you save energy.
+5points
5of 5voted this as helpful.
Review 2 for Smart Power Strip
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5

PostedJune 11, 2011
there is not a port to plug in satellite TV (or cable TV ~ ??) making this unusable for our television system. I decided to keep it for my computer system.
+2points
2of 2voted this as helpful.
Review 3 for Smart Power Strip
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
FromBaltimore, MD
Shopping Frequency:every 4 to 6 months
I have used this product for:less than a month

Great power saver

PostedJanuary 2, 2010
these are great to have, particularly for a computer. Computers typically have speakers and printers that stay on even when the computer is off, so this helps have all of those components turn off completely.
My one knock is that there are not enough plugs for more than just a few components that need to stay on when the computer or TV are turned off.
+4points
4of 4voted this as helpful.
Review 4 for Smart Power Strip
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
FromRichmond, VA
Shopping Frequency:every 2 to 3 months
I have used this product for:1-3 months

Great way to save $$ and energy

PostedNovember 20, 2009
I love this thing! I was nervous about it turning everything off at first but I had no trouble with the cable and the WII, etc. I am going to be purchasing more of these for other items as well. I really like the fact that it has different outlets for "never turn off", etc.
+4points
4of 4voted this as helpful.
Review 5 for Smart Power Strip
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
FromSilicon Valley, CA
Shopping Frequency:every 4 to 6 months
I have used this product for:3-6 months

Works great! Some hints...

PostedOctober 19, 2008
I like the Smart Strip quite well. It took a bit to get the hang of what loads were big enough to trigger the switching; most small appliances (e.g., fans) don't draw quite enough power, even when you adjust the sensitivity of the strip (yes, you can do that - there's a small control on the side that lets you make the strip more or less sensitive).
We finally settled on an arrangement with the computer (an older iMac) as master, the printer, external speakers, and the wireless repeater all on switched outlets, and the lamp on an unswitched one. This way, when the computer goes to sleep, it turns off all the peripherals automatically, but we still have the light on to see.
It's a great way to automate this kind of setup. Highly recommended. I'm picking up a second one to control the TV etc. in the living room.
+17points
17of 17voted this as helpful.
Review 6 for Smart Power Strip
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
FromMinnesota

Energy Saver

PostedAugust 6, 2008
The best way to reduce draw from always plugged in televisions and their add-ons. I feel better just knowing it's not drawing energy when I switch off the TV. SIMPLE
+2points
2of 2voted this as helpful.