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A REAL Simple Energy Saving Tool,
This review is from: Smart Strip 4940 LCG3 LCG3M Energy Saving Surge Protector with Autoswitching Technology, 10-Outlet (Electronics)
If you want something to help you save a few buck on your energy bill while also prolonging the life of Equipment, this is the tool for you.
I had an idea what this SmartStrip could do but i really wanted to see it for myself. This guy is as simple as it sounds and just as convient.
You have 1 outlet that you plug your switching device in. The switching device is the device that when you turn on or off turns everything else on or off. You also have 2 Always ON outlets (for DVR boxes or Broadband Modem, etc). And 4 "Controlled" outlets, 1 of which is an extra wide one. Now, the 1 outlet for the switching device is an Always ON outlet.
There is a little knob on the side for helping you tweek the switching setting that power off everything else when you put the main device into a low power state or off. Because some things draw power even when turned off so you may need to tweek it.
I bought this to try it out at work. If you want something to definitely help at home or at the office, this is perfect. At work, i had my Laptop at the switching port. I plugged the Monitor, the Speakers, the Desk Lamp, my cell chargers, any and all accessories into the controlled ports. I tweeked the knob on the side so that when I put my laptop into Standby, that it will also shut off everything else as well. To tweek it, you must put the computer into Standby mode and adjusted the knob until all the devices turn off.
This is great because the moment i shutdown the computer at night, it turns everything off and i don't have to forget about turning anything off. All that littles of electricity its saving is great.
You could easily use it at home. You can have it setup where your TV is the switch, your DVR is in the Always ON, your DVD, VCR, Game Consoles, Stereo, Home Theater, etc are all plugged into the Controlled Ports, So that the moment you turn the TV off, everything else turns off. No more nagging the kids to make sure they turned everything else, no need to round through remotes to make sure everything else is off.
The price is right as well, you are going to pay about the same price for something that also does about the same amount of Surge Protection, so why not get something that will save you in long running cost as well. It could pay for itself in the first year alone.
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Initial post: Oct 26, 2008 10:09:30 AM PDT
A. O'Brien says:
Thanks for such a detailed explanation of how this works. I have never used one before and I'm trying to figure it out before I buy one. I do have one question that I would like your opinion on: If you just want to watch television, isn't it using more energy to turn on all those other devices along with it? Maybe there is something I'm not understanding about how the device works. Thanks!
Posted on Dec 28, 2008 12:45:53 PM PST
Excellent description. You would think that the manufacturer should have provided it if they were at all motivated to sell their product.
In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2009 7:41:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 27, 2009 7:43:23 AM PDT
Sarah Danks says:
In response to A. O'brien: That depends on how you use it. If you generally keep everything individually turned off (with their own power switches or remotes) except the items you are currently using, then turning off the TV (or other "control" item) simply closes off power to those peripherals and keeps them from being "vampires" as my husband likes to call them. On the other hand, if you leave your DVD player, stereo, game box, etc. on all the time even when they are not in use, then, yes, turning on the TV would turn on all the rest. Probably nobody but kids would do that, though, and at least this gets the peripherals off for some amount of time while the kids are learning to be responsible.
If you are using it for a PC setup, you probably want all the peripherals on when the PC is on anyway.
Posted on Jul 7, 2009 4:08:31 PM PDT
K. Vo says:
Hello, I do not know where to ask this: Is the ground & surge light (green) indicator suppose to be on when the switched outlet light (red) turns on? When my control outlets are off, the grounded light is on, but when the control outlets turn on, the grounded light turns off. Is this a defective product?
Posted on Oct 31, 2009 8:59:32 PM PDT
Random Engineer says:
I find it interesting that Mr. Gressick has only written reviews for power strips, (all five-star incidentally, and all of this manufacturer.)
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2009 4:44:46 PM PST
If that is the case, then perhaps the manufacturer should change Mr. Gressick's job to writing the user manual. His description was GOOD! Much better than any recent user manual I've seen lately...
Posted on Jun 21, 2013 2:10:35 PM PDT
This review sounds fake.
Posted on Oct 2, 2014 8:02:22 PM PDT
Exactly which model are you writing the review for? I have looked at 3 models and the same review is under each of them. It's a bit confusing, can you please clarify which of them work as you have described in your review? Thanks.
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