TrickleSaver TV Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Design 9.0
Usability 9.0
Installation 8.5
Value 9.0
Developer: TrickleStar
Distributor:
Amber Technology
Reviewer:
Andrew Bistak
Release date: Out Now

9.0


TrickleSaver TV

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.

Key Features

  • In-build relay for switching off devices that consume standby current.

  • Adjustable sensitivity for sensing TV status.

  • Rear mounting holes for wall, under desk mounting.

Product Warranty

  • The product is supplied with a 1 year product warranty against defective manufacturing and components.

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 click here http://impulsegamer.com/wordpress/?p=2399.

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 Theatre connected.

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.

Technical

  • 230VAC, 50Hz, 10A

  • Adjustable switching threshold 20-200W

  • Can be used with a PC instead of a PC TrickleSaver

Supported Devices

  • Game Consoles

  • Amplifiers

  • DVD Players

  • CD Players

  • Satellite Receivers

  • SUb-woofers






 
 



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