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IntelliPanel for your Televison - £20.70 or less (and free parasol!)

£20.70 @ Tesco Direct
Bought one of these today in store but readily available online too. £21.82 delivered with £5 off voucher [ TDX-CT32K7 ] or spend £3.03 more (2m wooden parasol anyone?) and collection from store is… Read More
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Bought one of these today in store but readily available online too.

£21.82 delivered with £5 off voucher [ TDX-CT32K7 ] or spend £3.03 more (2m wooden parasol anyone?) and collection from store is free (wavering the £4.85 delivery fee) - that would be an IntelliPanel and a Parasol for £20.70!!!

The IntelliPanel works by cutting off the power to your TV, DVD player, surround sound system, freeview box/cable/satellite all by putting your tv into standby.

Its also surge protection for 8 sockets, telephone line and television aerial!

Its a very clever system, very smart looking, and once installed you needn't know it was there until your electric bill arrives!
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#1
This one switches all the sockets by sensing the IR from the from the remote, instead of sensing the power drop like the older OneClick panels.
#2
Nice Idea in theory, however how good is this in practice. Unless I am mistaken turning the tv into standby mode cuts power rather than puts all devices into standby mode.

For example, you need to set the VCR/DVD recorder for recording a program, needs to be in standby mode.

My Virgin Media cable box doesnt like having the power being fully off, takes about 2 minutes to reset itself.

Voted warm as it does have its uses, but has practicality only for certain pieces of kit.
#3
Voted Hot , according to the info the plug has two sockets that don't go into stand by so you can keep sky + on to record
1 Like #4
I got one of these from Tesco instore for around the same price (but no free parasol :)). One of the sockets is special and is permanently on and you are allowed to use a socket extension on that socket. You can plug your SKY+ or DVD recorder there. There's another special socket which is labelled as "SKY box" and that allows it to go into standby mode when the TV is off (which kinda defeats the point of the thing in the first place but I guess it is a compromise on modern life).
#5
Shame I cant vote it hot now I know more detail, very useful then seeing you have the option of keeping certain devices in standby mode.

Thanks for the info about this unit guys.
#6
Voted hot for a nice product, ordered one!
#7
and at £20 it will take 50 years of leaving the TV on standby to pay for itself, and 100 years to repay the extra environmental cost of production and shipping from china.

Apart from all that.. im sure its great.
#8
OrangeJuice
and at £20 it will take 50 years of leaving the TV on standby to pay for itself, and 100 years to repay the extra environmental cost of production and shipping from china.

And it wont work if you dont have it on display.. so unlike most people who shove extension cables out of sight.. you have to look at this.

Apart from all that.. im sure its great.


Well thats where you are wrong. It is hidden out of display. There is a remote sensor on a cable about 1.5m which sits next to the tv, totally black and very small.

And it's not just the TV that it turns off standby, its the other 7 appliances that you have in at the same time.
Leaving a typical home entertainment system - TV, DVD, digital TV receiver and hi-fi - on standby when not in use can cost £40 a year according to a 2006 report from the consumer magazine, Which?, and be responsible for 245kg of carbon dioxide emissions.


So don't go making figures up, and don't just guess how things work!
#9
Leaving a typical home entertainment system - TV, DVD, digital TV receiver and hi-fi - on standby when not in use can cost £40 a year according to a 2006 report from the consumer magazine, Which?, and be responsible for 245kg of carbon dioxide emissions.

But that's all being converted to heat, so what you gain by turning it off you lose in additional central heating, both financially and 'environmentally'.
#10
yeah I read about the sensor so deleted that bit. sorry.

Sky boxes and freeview use the most power easily.. but the do it for a reason. To update the EPGs.

Now lets look at where the other 'wasted energy' goes.. oh yes.. into heat.. that is heating my freezing room... which is therefor not wasted energy. My house is never warm, so even in summer, this isnt bad.
#11
thinktony
But that's all being converted to heat, so what you gain by turning it off you lose in additional central heating, both financially and 'environmentally'.


LOL, I never thought of it that way
1 Like #12
guys, this aint an al gore discussion form...
#13
I have a satellite, which could has to stay on standby.
DVD player turns off without going to standby.
I turn the TV off manually and not standby. (everyone should do this as turning it off with the remote and then losing it, will mean youll never be able to get the tv on, or with the help of a universal remote)
Freeview recorder needs to be on standby to record programs.
DVD recorder needs to be on standby to record satellite.

So I guess Im good.
#14
jinkssick

I turn the TV off manually and not standby. (everyone should do this as turning it off with the remote and then losing it, will mean youll never be able to get the tv on, or with the help of a universal remote)



Surely you have a button on the tv to turn it on and off???

Agree with the rest of it, nice idea but with things like vcr's needing to record etc and the energy wasted transporting this to my door it sorta makes the product a bit pointless!
banned#15
they also do the one click for around £14.99, that senses the power drop from the main tv and turns everything else off, good for PCs etc
#16
Can't see the point of this for a TV area myself... However I've had a OneClick unit on my PC for around 4 years and have to say it's one of the best things I've bought :) I was forever turning the PC off but leaving the monitor/printer/speakers on so it was an ideal gadget to have!
#17
Great voted hot - Even better for me tho cos Samsung never put an off switch on my 40" LCD TV I bought last year (permanent standby) :O So I put my own rocker-switch in the mains cord.
#18
Have just bought one(and a parasol for our caravan!) . I have had most of my electrical bits on for about 20 years, so if OJ is correct:giggle: I should start saving when I am 60- just before I retire. This will be great for when I recieve my worthless pension from the state(probably wont even exist then) and save me a few quid a year on electric!
#19
Benjimoron
Surely you have a button on the tv to turn it on and off???


I agree, this seems completely pointless. What advantage does it offer over switching off at the wall socket?
#20
Stompa
I agree, this seems completely pointless. What advantage does it offer over switching off at the wall socket?



That was in reply to Jinkssick's comment about not being able to turn on. I assumed all tv's have an on/off button for if you lose the remote. Never seen a tv without one?

I agree tho, the only thing this does is presses that button for you! It's a good idea but in terms of saving money/pollution etc as that is the idea then I personally think more money spent on the item and more pollution created getting it to you than you'll save in the lifetime of the product.

If you need to get a multi socket then this could be a good one to get, but don't buy it for its money/pollution saving attributes.

edit - However if you're buying this one over a standard one I don't think you'll save any money!
#21
Stompa
I agree, this seems completely pointless. What advantage does it offer over switching off at the wall socket?


My Dad in the 70s" "These remote control things are a waste of money and will never catch on. I mean, what advantage do they offer over changing channels using the buttons on the TV?"

Clue: People are inherently lazy. :p
#22
nightswimmer
My Dad in the 70s" "These remote control things are a waste of money and will never catch on. I mean, what advantage do they offer over changing channels using the buttons on the TV?"

Clue: People are inherently lazy. :p



Correct, however you could buy a remote control socket set for less and also control the lamps around your house with it.
#23
I was looking at the Intelliplug (similar product )for my laptop but according to a review by PC Pro here http://www.greenwarehouse.co.uk/index.php?p0=detail&id=311
PLEASE NOTE: NOT SUITABLE FOR LAPTOPS
Laptop computers have internal batteries and this creates very wide fluctuations in power demands as the internal battery charges, which could cause the IntelliPlug to inadvertently switch off or on during operation.



I'm not sure if this would have the same problem with the intellipanel or similar products.
#24
john32
Voted Hot , according to the info the plug has two sockets that don't go into stand by so you can keep sky + on to record

You can put your sky box into standby and still record ;)
#25
Why do TVs supposedly use mountains of electricity even though they are on standby? Surely all they actually need is just enough power for the infra-red to listen for the power-on command?
#26
Stompa
I agree, this seems completely pointless. What advantage does it offer over switching off at the wall socket?


Don't forget this also has surge protection! Not a bad price taking all features into consideration :)
#27
I am sure they had something like this on dragons den, but nowhere near as good....
#28
ultrak3wl
Why do TVs supposedly use mountains of electricity even though they are on standby? Surely all they actually need is just enough power for the infra-red to listen for the power-on command?


One TV doesn't use mountains of energy. How much they use depends on the model in question. However, if you take every TV in every house that is on standby[1], then add to that all the other appliances that are also on standby or using electricity when they don't need to be, it does add up.

[1] According to the BBC there are roughly 60milllion TVs in use in the UK.
#29
Im sure Ive seen this before on TVs in the USA built into it, as when you press the standby button its puts the TV right off apart from the Ir bit that is kind of a wake on LAN application, but wake on Ir detection. TV manufacturers are going to put this in there TVs soon forced by the gov Id think.
#30
gazter
I am sure they had something like this on dragons den, but nowhere near as good....


you did... [url]www.standby-saver.co.uk[/url]
#31
soweezy
you did... [url]www.standby-saver.co.uk[/url]



With their one didn't you have to turn in back on manually? Can't remember there being a sensor that looked for your remote turning it back on.
banned#32
ultrak3wl
Why do TVs supposedly use mountains of electricity even though they are on standby? Surely all they actually need is just enough power for the infra-red to listen for the power-on command?

TVs use very little power on standby, and eco-mentalists always grossly exaggerate how much they use. Like a previous poster said, it would take many, many years for this thing to pay for itself.
#33
Makes me smile listening to all these "experts" on here quantifying energy savings as "...use very little power on standby" and "would take many years to pay for itself"

Opinions that add scientific weight are worthwhile but personal opinions based on assumption are worthless!

If I get one of these devices, and I haven't decided yet, it'd be partially for energy saving and partially for convenience. Don't think I need figures to know I'm wasting energy and that I could do something about it.

I, like some others perhaps, have a home cinema consisting of seperates in addition to my TV so this totals around 8 devices. Two of which are FreeView PVR and Virgin Media Box.

I have the sockets behind the hifi unit out of easy reach. The TV off button is at the far back of the tv for some stupid reason. So it's always left on standby.

Having the ability to power down fully with one button would be a godsend.

Thanks for the valuable info. Will vote when I've sussed out how to!.
#34
Welcome to HUKD daz!

Think of the added energy wasted in producing and delivering one of these units when you work out energy saved!

To vote hot or cold click the hot or cold buttons on the first post.
#35
I Read this post and was interested to see what my tv would cost whilst in standby (50" Plasma) and found this site -

http://www.sust-it.net/results.php?id=45

Power consumption in standby ranges from .4w to 3w. This equates (according to the site) to 1 pence per day (24hrs) for the 3 watt models.

Again according to the site this equates to £3.11 for the year (left in s/by for the whole year).

The .4w model would cost 41p for the year if left in stanby the whole time.

Interestingly the model with the built in PVR uses 29.5w and would cost 8 pence per day (£30.58 per year). But as already stated as you need it on theres nowt you can do about it.

For me even if I include all equipment that would be plugged in to it theres not enough for me to change what I have.

However if I were to be buying a surge protected extension anyway I would consider.
banned#36
ukgatecrasher1
I Read this post and was interested to see what my tv would cost whilst in standby (50" Plasma) and found this site -

http://www.sust-it.net/results.php?id=45

Power consumption in standby ranges from .4w to 3w. This equates (according to the site) to 1 pence per day (24hrs) for the 3 watt models.

Again according to the site this equates to £3.11 for the year (left in s/by for the whole year).

The .4w model would cost 41p for the year if left in stanby the whole time.

Interestingly the model with the built in PVR uses 29.5w and would cost 8 pence per day. But as already stated as you need it on theres nowt you can do about it.

For me even if I include all equipment that would be plugged in to it theres not enough for me to change what I have.

However if I were to be buying a surge protected extension anyway I would consider.

Exactly, things like these dont save any appreciable energy and of course are detrimental to the environment overall. But sufficient people have fell for the '80% energy use on standby' propaganda for these snake oil products to hit the market
#37
I guess you could call it typical politician talk... you can make any figures say whatever you want them to.

For example (and I use the one link again) Your TV costs you £30.58 per year whilst in standby. Never mind that the model you are quoting has a built in PVR which you cannot turn off anyway.

Or you could read at the other end of the scale Your TV costs you 41 pence per year whilst in standby for the lowest power consuming model.
#38
I have now had a good look at the site and there is quite a lot of information on a huge amount of products.

The chances are that you will be able to pick up at least a few of your pieces of equipment on there to give a reasonably objective view, so its worth a look.

For example it says that the Nintendo Wii use's 17w whilst in use and 11w whilst on Standby.

Also I was incorrect by saying that the standby cost was for 24hrs per day as they subtract what they consider to be a typical days use from the figures, It doesnt make a huge difference but I'll say it before someone corrects me !!

For me its still not worth it, but as I say its worth a look.
#39
DAZZ2000
Opinions that add scientific weight are worthwhile but personal opinions based on assumption are worthless!

It's easy to check your own equipment manuals, and do the maths for yourself, but after being told by some firemen giving house-to-house safety advice some years back that (apart from frequently bursting into flames) a TV used horrendous amounts of juice in standby, I checked our old CRT - 0.9W. The new 37" LCD is <1W, which is very typical these days (see 1W initiative).

Tesco stock 3 models, the 'IR sensor' one shown here, one similar, but without the IR sensor, sensing power draw through the master socket at the same price (£21.97), and a little 1 master, 2 slave, wall fitting at £14.97 (before vouchers, etc).

For the TV stuff a waste of money for me. There's only a DVD player to plug in, the PVR needs to be on to record when the TV is off.

The other "Desktop" model on a PC set-up, maybe better if you use it to turn off the router/modem when the PC is off, along with printer, speakers, monitor, etc. My router/modem uses around 5W even with no traffic - broadband is "always on", no standby mode unless you have a USB version.

If you fancy one, this is the best price around, so credit to meispete. :thumbsup:
#40
jinkssick
I have a satellite, which could has to stay on standby.
DVD player turns off without going to standby.
I turn the TV off manually and not standby. (everyone should do this as turning it off with the remote and then losing it, will mean youll never be able to get the tv on, or with the help of a universal remote)
Freeview recorder needs to be on standby to record programs.
DVD recorder needs to be on standby to record satellite.

So I guess Im good.


Fairly good, but there is no 'NEED' really. Its not a matter of life or death, just a daily luxury we have at our disposal to record programs etc. I leave my Sky box in standby too, to be honest just because its easier, but I also try and turn everything else off at the plug, or button (instead of standby)

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