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Belkin BG108000-04 Conserve Energy-Saving Surge Strip
- Surge protector includes remote control to easily turn off power and save energy
- Six switchable and two always-on power outlets
- Built-in cord management; wall-mountable remote control
- Slim, space-saving design
- Backed by lifetime product and $100,000 connected equipment warranty
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- Brand Name: Belkin
- Model Number: BG108000-04
- Item Height: 16.25 inches
- Item Length: 2.8 inches
- Item Width: 4.4 inches
Don't standby. Conserve. Conserve energy-saving surge protector with remote switch makes it simple to eliminate wasteful standby power, helping you reduce energy consumption, save on energy bills, and lower your overall impact on the environment. Save energy, save money...conveniently. Conserves one-touch remote switch easily powers off up to six (6) devices plugged into its Remote Switched Outlets, while two (2) Always On outlets let you keep devices such as your answering machine or router constantly powered.
From the Manufacturer
Going green has never been easier. With the Belkin 8-Outlet Conserve Surge Protector, you can eliminate the wasteful standby power that many of your home appliances generate, lowering your overall energy consumption and saving you money on energy costs. Featuring a convenient remote control, the Conserve Surge Protector gives you the option of completely shutting off devices that consume standby power without having to reach behind furniture or beneath desks.
Standby power--also known as "phantom power"--is the energy that devices consume while they are still plugged into a power outlet, even while the device is turned off. This wasteful "phantom power" is generated by TVs, computers, computer accessories, battery chargers, and many other electronic devices.
Although the devices are not actually doing anything, they are still sipping energy. And not just minuscule amounts--the California Energy Commission estimates that as much as 15% of household electricity use can be attributed to standby power loss!
With the costs of energy high, both in dollars and environmental impact, it's in our best interests to conserve whenever possible. And with the Belkin Conserve Surge Protector, being green has never been easier, so now you have no excuse for wasting energy.
The Conserve Surge Protector features a remote control with a range of up to 60 feet and a convenient wall mount. By mounting the remote near your light switch, powering down the devices connected to your surge protector is as simple as turning off the lights as you leave the room. You can also detach the remote and keep it anywhere that's convenient, such as on a desktop or coffee table.
The remote also features adjustable channels, which means that you can control multiple Conserves in different rooms without interference. It also means you can control up to several surge protectors with a single remote to really maximize your energy savings. You'll be rewarded with both a lower utility bill and a smaller carbon footprint.
Eight Versatile Surge-Protected Outlets
The Conserve offers a total of eight surge-protected outlets, six of which are "switchable" and two that are "always-on." This means that you can connect up to six devices that can be controlled by the remote, and two devices that will always stay on. The "always-on" outlets are useful for devices that require a constant flow of energy, such as routers, alarm clocks, cable modems, or DVRs.
Smart Space-Saving Design
The Conserve Surge Protector features a slim design that saves space. The six switchable outlets are clearly separated from the two always-on outlets to prevent any mix up. A sliding safety cover on every outlet provides an additional measure of protection, and a cable management system keeps cords neat and organized. LED lights let you know when the surge protection is active and if there's a faulty ground.
Each of the outlets is surge protected to a maximum spike current of 72,000A. The Belkin Conserve Surge Protector is backed by a lifetime product warranty and a $100,000 connected equipment warranty.
What's in the Box
8-outlet surge protector, wireless remote switch with wall-mount.
Top Customer Reviews
Only problem with the unit I received was that initially the remote switch would not turn the surge protector on. I thought that I might have to return it, until I checked the frequency settings for the remote switch and the surge protector. Switched them to match and the unit worked like a charm. It seems that the factory set settings did not match.
This highlighted a key feature of this unit. You can use one remote switch to control your entertainment system's surge protector, and a seperate remote switch to control your PC system's surge protector, OR you can use one remote to control two surge protectors.
That's where the Belkin Conserve power strip comes in, offering a convenient way to turn your power strips off with a remote switch that you can mount on top of your desk, near your TV couch, or by a light switch. You can even configure a single switch to power off multiple power strips, or just have each strip operate on its own frequency with its own switch.
I've been using my Conserve for about two months, and it's worked flawlessly the entire time. I even tested how well it shut the power to my devices off and, sure enough, my Kill A Watt instrument showed that power usage dropped to near 0 watts. What impressed me most about that number is how little power the Conserve apparently uses waiting for a signal from the switch.
In my case, I ran the numbers, and using my Belkin Conserve will more than pay for itself within the first year of use, and save me hundreds of dollars over my equipment's lifetime.
If you have a situation where you need a power strip in an out of the way place, then buy this product! It's only marginally more expensive than other power strips, and chances are that you'll make up the price difference within only a few months of use.
The Belkin Conserve is one of my biggest recommendations on Amazon.
Follow Up: FYI to those concerned about the remote battery, I've been using for about six months and the battery original battery still works! Also, as others noted, the battery is easy to find in stores and is as easily replaced as TV remote batteries are.
Other than that...what's to say? I wish they made the backsides of these power strip things flatter. I like to mount the strip to the back of my entertainment center with those 3M Command Strip things...rather than letting it sit on the floor. It keeps the cords off the floor for easy vacuuming behind the entertainment center...and lets me "move" the entertainment center by just unplugging the power strip cord. There's a screw mount on the back...but I can't screw anything into my entertainment center because it's made of composite wood.
I've had the switch for over a year without needing to replace the batteries...and it gets daily use. So...if you're worried about battery life of the remote switch...it's VERY good.
The device has worked pretty well so far. The switch occasionally doesn't register, causing you to have to flip the switch a couple of times in order to cut the power. This is the only reason I gave it a 4 star instead of a 5. The surge protector itself feels nice, the cord is sufficiently long so that I could put the protector where I wanted it. The switch is easy to attach to the wall and use. I have had the device for about a month now, and it seems to still work fine.
The point of the device, and how it saves energy, is simply by cutting power to items that continuously use power. Modern electronics tend to use a constant supply of power, whether this is to ensure that it starts up quicker, or keep its internal clock on schedule, most of the time it is not needed for the modern person. For example, I use a DVD player maybe once a month, yet that little red button is constantly on in standby mode. Flipping the switch, particularly at nite, ensures that you are saving money that would otherwise go to powering a useless standby mode.
Regrettably, I was unable to determine how much wattage is being wasted by standby products, the kill a watt I purchased is not sensitive enough to determine less than 40 watts of use. However, I am confident it is saving some money, maybe a buck or two a month, and that is good enough for me.