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Awesome & Affordable Solution to power draining devices
on May 23, 2014
I bought this "Conserve Socket / Timed Outlet" primarily to prevent trickle/overcharging my cell phone. This isn't a HUGE deal with batteries being the way they are these days, but typically it is not a great idea to just leave your phone charging and charging and charging after it is already fully charged. It is a less efficient way to charge your battery and get the most life cycles out of it. This device allows you to set a timer that will automatically turn off power to that device/charger after 30mins, 3hrs or 6hrs.
Ideally you should unplug your phone once it is fully charge and try not to charge it again until it is between 40-80% full. However, many of us are in the habit of leaving our phones plugged in when we go to bed. So they get charged to 100% and the power stays on. Then the battery loses JUST a little bit of its juice before the charger kicks in again. This happens all through the night and has the drawback of 1) wasting your electricity and 2) reducing the total number of recharge cycles your battery will likely handle. This won't necessarily have an immediate impact of how much of a charge your battery will hold over time (referred to as memory), but it will mean that you will need to replace your battery sooner because it just won't charge very well after a while.
With this adapter, you basically:
- Plug your device/charge into this outlet
- Set how long you want it to charge for (30mins, 3hrs, 6hrs)
- IMPORTANT: Press the "Start" button to start the timer and allow current to get to your device/charger
- After the specified time runs out, the outlet kills power to that device/charger.
It is very simple to use and is very affordable. Surely it will save you its cost in power savings before you know it.
Things to be aware of:
- It IS NOT a surge protector, but can be used with one
- You need to press the 'Start" button to initiate charging, so the Conserve Socket needs to be somewhat accessible - not behind a bed or something.
Here is a link to a much more in-depth article about batteries and how they relate to charging your devices: