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I spotted this offer when reading last months PC Pro magazine, and thought it was a really good idea. What it is - you plug your computer into the main slot on the socket, and plug your peripherals (printers, scanners etc.) into the other available sockets. Whenever you switch off your PC, the plug then automatically switches off those peripherals. The review states it can save you up to £100 per year in electricity charges for a typical home setup. ALSO it is a surge protector, protecting your valuable equipment from power surges.

Using the code below, PC Pro readers can benefit from free delivery, getting this item for £15. Now, I have never came across an item like this before, so maybe some more experienced members of the forum can vote and give their opinions on this product, or possible alternatives available. I think it is a pretty nifty item!

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I believe the technical term for these things is called a "standby multiblock".
These are very good for the environment and your electricity bill.
A colleague of mine uses the one provided here:

http://www.iomai.de/uk/masterslave.html

And more details can be found here:
http://www.anel-elektronik.de/usb-deutsch/index.html
(Please, no comments about the company name).

Thanks for bringing this to the attention of the users of this forum emmajk42, to those that didn't know about these things anyway.

Of course for all of you who turn off all your devices that aren't in use anyway this won't make any difference.

X10
#2
That's some excellent information you've found there X10! Especially the first link - it explains the premise in a clear and concise way! I'm sure quite a few members here would not know that this kind of device is available - I didn't until last week! I have my PC in my bedroom, and sometimes I crawl into bed at night, turn out the lights, and see the power LED from my monitor, winking nastily at me. I have to get out of my cosy bed and turn it off! This kind of item would definitely be good for those PC users with printers (especially laser printers with a higher power drain), powered speakers, scanners, powered wireless headphones etc...

http://beta.hotukdeals.com/forums/images/custom_buttons/reputation.gif ^ !
#3
That's a great idea, and a great price. Shame it only seems to have 3 sockets. Many computer users need a lot more than that (10 for me!). I wonder if it would be safe (and if it would work) to put multipoint 8 gang power strip into one of the outlets?
#4
i've got one of these in the plug-board layout, and it works fine, except having my monitor plugged into it doesn't work. A lot of the time the monitor turns on and has strange graphics, e.g. white blocks and lines etc.

works fine for everything else, which is good as my gf always leaves my printer on!
1 Like #5
ajmuir
That's a great idea, and a great price. Shame it only seems to have 3 sockets. Many computer users need a lot more than that (10 for me!). I wonder if it would be safe (and if it would work) to put multipoint 8 gang power strip into one of the outlets?


On the connectivity part of the page it shows a gang power strip being plugged into it, so I would assume so??

Jo
#6
Thanks 37pumpkin for spotting that one, a very helpful first post - a big welcome to HUKD!!

This makes it even handier:

http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/8993/plug4mn.jpg
#7
That's a really good post.

I saw an item like this in B&Q recently. It was £19.99 for a four-strip
plug, and one of those plugs was the "magic" plug for your PC. When
the PC gets turned off.. it'd turn off the other three sockets.


Also, I'm not sure if this one is worth a posting, but Maplins has a really cool
device reduced to half-price (£12.49 instead of £25)

[COLOR=#666704]Plug-In Mains Power & Energy Monitor[/COLOR]
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=38343&TabID=1&source=1&doy=13m7

Here's a photo of it:
http://www.maplin.co.uk/images/300/38343i0.jpg


This has a little LCD display, which shows how much power your equipment
is using, in Volts, Watts, etc.

Imagine finding out how much you're spending right now, powering your
home PC or your TV equipment, whilst you're sitting at work.
This could be a good wake-up call.

What d'you reckon ?
Worth posting as a separate Hot Deal ?
#8
Are the intelliplugs suitable for televisions? i.e. Could I connect my tv in the main socket and then the dvd player, games consoles and surround sound would all switch off when the tv is switched off?
#9
I dont see why the intelliplug mentioned above wouldnt work Blue Lou. You would just plug your tv in the master socket.. as soon as you turn the tv on it powers everything else up.

Edit: Welcome to the fourms as well!!!
#10
Wow, nice to see someone finding a really old post useful.
And yes, Welcome to HUKD Blue Lou
:)

X10
#11
I just bought 2 of the 3 way adaptors (one for my computer and one for the kids computer) and also got one of those main panel extensions for the TV and TSB and DVD player and Video machine. Later found out I could have used the discount voucher to save myself the P&P.

Both items were delivered on Friday (which was only about a week after ordering on-line :thumbsup: ) set them up on Saturday and found out they worked very well on both the TV and the computers. It was so easy to switch off the TV as I keep forgetting to switch off the TSB and leave it on all night. I was worried about losing the channels on the DVD machine but everything was fine yesterday morning. So in answer to this
Blue Lou
Are the intelliplugs suitable for televisions? i.e. Could I connect my tv in the main socket and then the dvd player, games consoles and surround sound would all switch off when the tv is switched off?
Yes it does work and kills all the attached as soon as the TV is switched off.

I was impressed with the cube as well, as I never switch my printer or router off, so now it all closes down and is saving me even more money.

Don't forget to add the discount code - ON3CL1CK - for free P&P. Just waiting to order one for my laptop as soon as they appear on the site.

Another way of going [COLOR="Lime"]GREEN[/COLOR] I suppose :w00t:

I don't think there is a time limit on the free P&P but can't vouch for it as I never knew in time.

Sorry I could not post a picture of the extension lead, maybe one of the mods could do it from the website, thanks.

BTW I paid £16.99 and not £14.95 as above, maybe mods couls alter title to show new price, but still worth it at £20.00
#12
http://www.screwfix.com/app/sfd/cat/pro.jsp?id=82490

£24.99 for the trailing one - only worth it if you need other stuff up to the £50 free postage level or 2 of them and something cheap like a battery or bulb for less than £51 delivered.

or pick one up from pcworld £24.99

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/product.php?sku=218527
#13
These are great. I bought about 10 for various uses from ebay. Mine are branded e-on and i beleive they were given away/sold to customers, hence why they appear so often on ebay. I paid around £2 each, all from one seller who obviously had access to boxes of them. Worth having a look to save a few quid.

They are called e-on powerdown.
#14
Note that using this device does not save as much energy as actually switching everything off at the plug, because the computer is still on standby (modern computers do not switch off completely) and the device itself will consume some current. Instead, I use a switched power strip.
#15
I have the E.ON PowerDown which is the same thing and it works really well. As soon as I turn of my computer (or even put it into sleep mode) the device drops the power to my speakers, printer and display which would otherwise go into standby and consume power. A computer in sleep mode uses very little power, a lot less than many other devices that have standby modes. It is estimated that boiling a kettle once would allow a computer to remain in sleep mode for a year.
#16
Old post!!! :lol: I'm actually using one of these right now!
#17
dazzle
These are great. I bought about 10 for various uses from ebay. Mine are branded e-on and i beleive they were given away/sold to customers, hence why they appear so often on ebay. I paid around £2 each, all from one seller who obviously had access to boxes of them. Worth having a look to save a few quid.

They are called e-on powerdown.



I have the e-on powerdown too, great little device. There was someone on ebay selling them for 1p and you only really paid the postage.
#18
retrogeezer
I have the e-on powerdown too, great little device. There was someone on ebay selling them for 1p and you only really paid the postage.


wish i could get them that cheap - can only find a handfull on fleabay - £1.50 auction + £2.00 P&P.
#19
This looks like a useful device, however I would treat the "up to £100 pa saving" with a pinch of salt.

I have a maplin power meter which shows how much power devices are consuming, and it's been invaluable in identifying the biggest wasters -- devices vary *so* much. Even a stack of modern phone charges may take <1W, yet a single bad one could take 7w...

For my monitor, PC (in standby) , scanner, printer all connected I was drawing 7W. That works out to be ~£6 per year.... so ok it's "up to £100"... but.....

Not saying you shouldn't get it but don't get carried away.
#20
havocgeneral
It is estimated that boiling a kettle once would allow a computer to remain in sleep mode for a year.
Yes well let's put that to the test:

Let's say the kettle contains a generous 3 litres which is heated from 20C to 100C. The energy taken to do that is 4200 x 3 x 80 which is about 1MJ.

A computer consuming 1MJ over a year would have a power consumption of 1000000 / (365 x 24 x 3600) which is about 0.03W. A computer certainly consumes more than that on standby... perhaps 100 times more. So 100 kettles would be more accurate.

Please correct my maths if I've made a mistake. :)
#21
pibpob;2682808
Note that using this device does not save as much energy as actually switching everything off at the plug, because the computer is still on standby (modern computers do not switch off completely) and the device itself will consume some current. Instead, I use a switched power strip.


" When the computer is turned off, IntelliPlug™ automatically switches off power from the peripherals, saving energy."
#22
gekkoa
" When the computer is turned off, IntelliPlug™ automatically switches off power from the peripherals, saving energy."


His point was that the computer itself remains on standby, along with the power consumed by the intelliplug device. For example if the computer on standby consumes 1W and the intelliplug consumes 1W (complete guess) then that's still 2W more than switching it off at the mains.

Will
#23
Clever stuff. Not seen these before, voted hot.
#24
Dave-T
Clever stuff. Not seen these before, voted hot.


.. except for the fact that it's expired and is 2 years old :roll: lol
#25
This might have a reverse effect on users who leave their computer on most of the time. Instead of saving energy they will use more.
Leaving devices on even though it is not used when the computer is on.
#26
Thanks stormb - this just shows how people are bamboozled by technology nowadays. The sales blurb is misleading. Anything that has a small button to switch it on or off does not switch off completely. You need a nice clunky mains switch to do that.
#27
I have two of the "IntelliPanel" versions of these (with 8 sockets) - they're excellent. I've been running one on my PC for about 6 months and noticed my electricity usage has gone way way down - I used to leave it on 24/7 but now I put it into standby as much as possible, and let the panel switch the printers/router etc off automatically.

The TV version comes with a small dongle that looks a bit like a mouse, you program this to receive the ON/OFF signal for your TV, so when everything's off (including the TV), pressing ON on your TV's remote sends a signal to the intellipanel and everything kicks in. Brilliant, and uses near as dammit 0 watts when off (I have one of those wattage meters and it doesn't register anything) - everything, including the TV is actually OFF - only a trickle amount of power for the IntelliPanel senser dongle is required
#28
Here is the ebay seller I got mine from, might be worth dropping them a line but it's £4 all in.

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#29
oops- sorry, wasn't thinking.
#30
Was previously a deal to get this free if you were on tax credit allowance or something.

Although I swear this killed my Xbox 360 :(

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