This eco-conscious device is the perfect
accessory to put a stop to appliances from wasting standby power. So
what exactly is standby power? Standby power is generally used by
devices to start functioning immediately when requested to run, however
the unfortunate aspect of this is that it requires electricity 24x7.
his means that devices such as TV's, Home
Theatre equipment, gaming consoles and the like are always using power,
unless they are physically turned off or unplugged from the mains. With
millions of TV's in Australia, imagine the wasted energy that these are
units are using and considering the climate effect mankind is having on
the world, this issue really needs to be address on a global scale.
In-build relay for
switching off devices that consume standby current.
sensitivity for sensing TV status.
Rear mounting holes
for wall, under desk mounting.
According to research in the US, the
PlayStation 3 was one of the most power hungry products when in standby
mode, followed by the XBox 360 and a Plasma TV. The PlayStation 3
consumed more than 10 times the amount of power than the Nintendo Wii
and over a year, it is estimated that the PS3 would use around $250 of
electricity when only in standby mode. For more information, please
Thankfully, a company called TrickleStar
has addressed this issue with their eco-conscious devices called the
TrickleSaver TV and TrickleSaver PC. This review focuses on the
TrickleSaver TV and its simplicity is the key.
The unit itself has two power outlets, one
slave and one master with one ending plugging into the mains. For
example, we connected the TV into the master outlet and then connected
our power board into the slave outlet which had our XBox 360 and Home
When we turned the TV off, all devices
connected to the slave outlet were immediately turned off. In this
example, whenever the TV is turned off, all other devices were switched
off which means they could not use standby power. It's amazing that
something so simple, works so well and the TrickleSaver TV is perfect.
Users will save electricity, money and will reduce their carbon
footprint on the world.
The installation is a breeze and whether
you're connecting the device to a TV setup or home computer setup, you
just need to identify which appliance will be your master "off" button.
We also tested the TrickleSaver TV with a PC, LCD monitor and speakers
and needless to say, it worked just as well as the TV setup. We
connected the computer into the master with the remaining devices into
the slave connection and once the computer was off, all other devices
were no longer in standby mode.
For products like TIVO or Foxtel, these
devices must always been turned on in order to download new program
guides and prevent lengthy boot-up times but with some thought, this
device can easily accommodate this.
In conclusion, the TrickleStar TV is the
perfect eco-conscious device for all TV and computer users that not only
saves energy but assists us all in reducing our carbon footprint on the
planet. The device was easy to install and once installed, it can be
forgotten as the device silently does it job. Brilliant!
Now if only the government can subside this
product so it can be installed in all Australia homes.