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Visible Energy VE-178-US UFO Power Center Wi-Fi Smart Power Strip


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  • Real-time power and energy cost monitoring . Understand the energy each individual electrical devices uses and its cost
  • Socket Schedules. Automatically turn off appliances when not in use, eliminate standby power
  • Socket Roles. Automatically sense current to turn on appliances when needed, eliminate standby power
  • iPhone and iPad interfaces. Ease of use, no PC needed
  • WiFi 802.11n connectivity. Access from your own local network or the Internet
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UFO Power Center
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The UFO power center is a revolutionary power-saving device. A Wi-Fi enabled, four-outlet, smart power strip that helps you manage the energy use of home appliances, it eliminates stand-by power, programs schedules of use, and saves electricity.
Use the Visible Energy Internet portal to access your UFO power center over the Internet when away from home.
Download Visible Energy's free EnergyUFO app for iPhone and experience what you can do with a UFO power center before owning one.
Visible Energy UFO Power Center
UFO POWER CENTER KEY FEATURES
Real-time feedback
Control with
your iDevice
True automation
Easy to set up
Access with our
Internet Portal
» Real-time feedback
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Understand the energy each individual electrical device uses over time.
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Know what your appliances cost you for an hour, a day, a week, and a month of usage.
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Learn the amount of electricity saved using the UFO and the details for each appliance.
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You can measure and view both real-time instantaneous power in Watt and energy in kWhr usage for the past day, week, and month.
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Compare consumption in a before-and-after conservation scenario that lets you see the impact of the changes you have made to reduce your energy consumption.
Visible Energy UFO Power Center
» Remote control with your iDevice
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iPhone and iPad native Apps for ease of use--no PC required.
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Use your iPad or iPhone as a remote control to easily turn appliances on and off without touching the appliance, including those with a power switch that is difficult to reach.
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Socket schedules automatically turn off appliances when not in use to reduce standby power.
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Socket timers start your appliances at off-peak times.
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Socket roles automatically turn on appliances using the programmable threshold of the control socket to reduce standby power.
Visible Energy UFO Power Center
» True Automation
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Some appliances waste electricity when they are continuously connected to a power outlet in the so-called active standby mode. Automatic schedules can be set to determine the hours of the day a socket is powered on.
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Individual timers are also available to start appliances in off-peak hours and to take advantage of lower electrical pricing during those hours.
Visible Energy UFO Power Center
» Easy to set up
Connect your iDevice to the
UFO power center.
Setup Wi-Fi configuration: SSID, security type (none, WEP, WPA/WPA2), and key.
Connect the UFO power center to your
Wi-Fi home network.
Visible Energy UFO Power Center
» Remote access with the Visible Energy Internet portal
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The UFO power center connects to the Visible Energy Internet portal to provide long-term data collection and remote access over the Internet.
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Register the UFO power center and access the Visible Energy Internet portal using a browser on a PC or using the EnergyUFO app for iPad.
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Use of the Visible Energy Internet portal is free of charge.
Visible Energy UFO Power Center
What you need
Broadband Internet access
Wireless Wi-Fi router
iDevice (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) or a PC
What's in the box
UFO power center for U.S. and Canada
Welcome sheet with online setup link
Important product information sheet

Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number VE-178-US
Item Weight4.3 pounds
Product Dimensions12.6 x 12.6 x 5.6 inches
Item model numberVE-178-US
Item Package Quantity1
Warranty Description30 day warranty against manufacturer defects
  
Additional Information
ASINB0057HX17K
Best Sellers Rank #339,447 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
Date First AvailableNovember 22, 2011
  
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Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dmitry Kristal VINE VOICE on February 20, 2012
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This item works great with a free iPhone app! Not only is it a power grid, but it can also serve as a subtle night light. You can control it through the app by scheduling when to shut off or to just shut off devices though iPhone as well. It has charts to show how much power is being used. Please note that it does require Wi-Fi for the power strip itself, so 3G/4G network alone will not suffice. One practical use that I also found is this being an ideal prank tool for Halloween as you can turn off the lights using your iPhone when they are least expecting it! Of course, another similar use is the ability to turn off the lights in another room if you don't feel like getting up and you don't even have to clap. No matter who you are or where you live, anyone can benefit from this device by Visible Energy.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on April 10, 2012
I've had my UFO for a couple months now and have decided that I really DO enjoy it. Aside from its utilitarian challenge of size (not really ideal under a desk, for example) I find that I like to keep it displayed. It has a certain funky sleek profile and texture that both blends in and stands out. Sure, it is a great conversation piece...everyone notices the alien device glowing from the top of my cabinet.

But pull out the IPad and the conversation gets interesting fast. Sure, this isn't meant to run a whole house off a unified system. But for point specific applications, it is perfect. Ultimately, I settled on using it in my office since I have quite a bit of electronics. It works well for managing my devices, keeping tabs on what I have active and even helped me catch a power supply destined to fail on one of my PCs. I noticed an uptick in power consumption from one port, determined that my power supply was running hot and that it was loaded with dust. After cleaning the system out, temperature dropped and utilization went back to normal.

I also found that it helps with discovering where the true power hogs are in the house. Move it around a few times to plug in other devices, let them run for a day or two to get the trending patterns based on everyday use and you suddenly have a very powerful tool in changing household member habits. It's easy to explain to the kids by showing them how their TV, Computer, XBox, etc...all contribute to the overall spend we have each month. By doing their part in shutting off devices when not in use, everyone understands now how to best shave dollars out of the monthly energy budget.

I also love the convenience of powering off my home office devices from upstairs when I forget to shut down at the end of the evening...
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Charles Drobny on December 6, 2012
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Received this unit yesterday and took time after work this evening to set it up and see how it works.

What a frightful nightmare!

Instructions were poor, never identified where to find the sites, how to register. I finally got registered then could not login.

Before anyone thinks I'm some IT neophyte, not so. Been in computers, IT and technology for about 30 years and this is a real nightmare to set up.

Tomorrow maybe someone will reach out, or perhaps be online, or perhaps be on the phone to help.

More to follow.

Day 2, still nothing seems to make sense. Logged into the site online but the iPad app won't let me in. Queried the help request. No response. Looked for a contact phone number to call - nothing available. Seems quite like these folks really don't give a whit about customer service.

Plugged in unit. Instructions says it's supposed to see the network. Does not.

I'm giving up. Got a return authorization and it goes back this afternoon.

Save your money. Don't waste your time. I would imagine I may be doing something wrong but finding out how to fix my error is NOT WORTH THE AGGRAVATION.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Duff Charette on April 2, 2013
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Internet control from ipad does not work ... Keeps saying the UFO is offline.. have to use web portal instead to switch outlets on/off

Otherwise this is a great product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on July 9, 2014
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I had high expectations for this device. It met most of them but the killer was that it kept dropping off my WiFi network. I ordered a replacement which did the same thing. After a while neither of the devices would connect to my network at all even though we have a good number of other devices on the network that we never have a problem with.

My main concern is customer service. I contacted Visible Energy via their support forum and got a quick reply suggesting that my WiFi network might not be set up correctly, or that placement might be an issue. Once I'd verified that these were not the cause of the problem I replied back to the forum post but although I sent several follow-ups I never received any more feedback over the following 3 weeks.

I'd like to have given this device 3 stars but as it was unreliable and manufacturer response was poor I'm unable to do so.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Randall S Gross on January 23, 2012
Having recently installed solar panels on my home, I was looking for the next great way to conserve electricity and minimize my energy expenses. I had to look no further than the Visible Energy UFO Power Center!

The UFO uses "smart" electrical outlets to allow users to monitor the energy use of any plug-in electrical appliances. I can set up schedules for each outlet so they don't drain power when the appliance isn't in use. As another reviewer mentioned, I was shocked to learn how much power my TV uses when it's not even on. I have it programed now only to be on during the hours I'm normally home. The rest of the time, it now uses no power.

I also love that I can monitor usage and adjust scheduling from my iphone app.

As is the case with any electronic gadget, I'm sure the relatively minor concerns others have had will be addressed in future updates. It works great for me right now. If the company makes other changes to improve it, it will only get better.

I can easily see that this is the future of electronics. I can't wait for every outlet in my home to have the monitoring and control that the UFO provides.

Thanks Visible Energy--Keep up the great work!
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