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Standby Buster Starter Pack £4.00 instore at ASDA (RRP 9.99)

£4.00 @ George (Asda George)
Found these in the clearance section of ASDA cookstown in Northern Ireland and got 3 for myself, great for lazy people or for those plugs that are hard to reach, as stated below current online RRP is … Read More
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8y, 9m agoFound 8 years, 9 months ago
Found these in the clearance section of ASDA cookstown in Northern Ireland and got 3 for myself, great for lazy people or for those plugs that are hard to reach, as stated below current online RRP is £9.99 so a £5.99 saving

"Standby Buster is a remote controlled electrical socket that lets you switch appliances off completely so that they use no electricity. Leaving them on standby unnecessarily uses electricity costing you money and contributing to Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions. Standby Buster requires no installation, simply plug into an existing socket to convert it to remote control. Standby Buster is the only consumer electronics mains switch to be recommended by the Energy Saving Trust. Standby saving is highlighted by the Energy Saving Trust as the key energy saving tip.

Save £40 a year

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. Using a Standby Buster to quickly and conveniently switch this equipment off when not in use could save you £40 a year and eliminate the carbon dioxide emission. A Standby Buster starter pack costs just £9.95 - that means payback in less than a year."

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#1
Bargain! Wonder if it is in every ASDA, as I wouldn't mind another set of these...?

Already have the starter pack, but could do with more throughout the house :)

Good first post - welcome to HUKD :thumbsup:
#2
Nice green control. Not for the controller-colour-conscious! Good value though. You will have loads of controls lying about if you get a few of these! :-D I have the maplin ones! :-D
#3
I really dont understand the point of these with modern appliances?

lets you switch appliances off completely so that they use no electricity.


This is rubbish. These 'standby savers' need to be in a standby state themselves in order to pick up your remote signal!
#4
RobTuck
I really dont understand the point of these with modern appliances?

This is rubbish. These 'standby savers' need to be in a standby state themselves in order to pick up your remote signal!


Normal appliances can use something like 80% of the power when in standby... when these are plugged in, they use something like 1W, which is as close to being 'off' as possible...

Why not read the website, if you don't understand the point? http://standbybuster.com/standby-buster-how-it-works.html
1 Like #5
RobTuck
I really dont understand the point of these with modern appliances?
This is rubbish. These 'standby savers' need to be in a standby state themselves in order to pick up your remote signal!


Well my 5 year old CRT TV and DVD player consumed about 21W in standby (mostly the DVD) as measured by a power meter I bought. I then connected these via a remote socket purchased from Lidl and in the off state the power meter didn't even register how much power was being consumed it was that low. Therefore these do work.

Rob

Edit : Just to state these devices consumed 120W when actually powered so about 17.5% in standby. If i remember correctly the TV only consumed about 1-2W in standby though so quiet efficient really. However I would always question the general figures that are stated in these things which is why i measured it. When I calculated the cost of this a few years back I think the annual electricity standby cost was ~£3 and the 24x7 cost was ~£16.
#6
£19.99 in B&Q for remote and 3 plugs, but the B&Q version does look a whole lot better...
#7
hodsey77
Normal appliances can use something like 80% of the power when in standby... when these are plugged in, they use something like 1W, which is as close to being 'off' as possible.


A common myth - that gets repeated frequently, but never substantiated.
I've checked all the TVs etc. in my house and none of them use more than
2 Watts on standby.
The main use of this thing is to remotely switch appliances on/off (such as
lights, electric blankets, radios) rather than to save the miniscule amounts of
power that modern equipment uses.
#8
wot is it?
#9
RobTuck;2977315



This is rubbish. These 'standby savers' need to be in a standby state themselves in order to pick up your remote signal!


pete_l;2978996
A common myth - that gets repeated frequently, but never substantiated.



Well do the math as they say:

I have a few around the house of which I use 4 regularly. All of them are in positions that I can't reach to turn the mains on/off.

There's more than one devices connected to two of them the other two are connected to a device each.


One of them is a power saving floor lamp that I can turn on and switch off the main lights thus saving energy there, remember - I can't reach the position where the floor lamp is connected physically so it would be impossible to do this if I didn't have this.

Another point is for my AV amp, its switched off with these and only turned on when needed.

Another one connect to 4 lamps and another one connects to my AV rack again both of the main points are unreachable due to furniture.

I have two more spare.

All of them put together currently use up around 1W in standby but save me lots


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Also, comments about new devices not taking too much power are correct about some devices incorrect about others.

Sky+ box power consumption:

in standby it draws 13W / 23VA, PF 0.57.
Normal watching- no recording 20W / 30VA, PF0.67.
Recording 2 watching a third 23W / 34VA, PF0.68
Switching IR on or off made no difference (<0.1W)

from: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=504784




Consoles power consumption:

http://www.hardcoreware.net/reviews/review-356-4.htm



There's more but all I want to say is statements that new devices are not power hungry as a blanket statement is incorrect.

Please know your facts before you post.
#10
Thankyou OP

I live in a student house and my TV doesn't have a turn off mode, only the standby mode unless unpluged which is a pain as my beds next to the socket right now so hopefully the local asda will have some of these in stock and I can have the 'unplug your tv your wasting money' problem sorted, nobody wants to plug a tv in every morning just to watch the news now do they!

As for controller not being nice to look at - probably could unscrew it and respray paint it if your that concerned :thumbsup:

Luke
#11
Like others I have a couple of these I use where I feel they are appropriate. My tv, dvd player and freeview are all plugged into a 4 way extension which is plugged into a saver. So although this is using power I assume it is using less power than the three things, two of which have to be on standby or switched off at the power point. (A pain to reach). And it is useful for a transformer which is also a pain to switch off and since it still gets hot when the thing it powers is off, I assume it is using a fair amount of power. So for individual appliances I can see it might be a waste, but for 4 way units etc could be a huge saver!
#12
I use it myself for hard to reach plugs and have found it a revelation, ill be getting another this evening for another plug i forgot about
#13
hodsey77
Normal appliances can use something like 80% of the power when in standby... when these are plugged in, they use something like 1W, which is as close to being 'off' as possible...

Why not read the website, if you don't understand the point? http://standbybuster.com/standby-buster-how-it-works.html

most modern TV,s use about 2 watts in standby this 80% standby is total rubbish so using this wont save much when you consider you need batterys for another remote probley greener not to use it on your TV may be of some use on sky box maybe ie 14 watts standby still not 80%
banned#14
RobTuck;2977315
I really dont understand the point of these with modern appliances?



This is rubbish. These 'standby savers' need to be in a standby state themselves in order to pick up your remote signal!

Utter garbage!

I plugged all my tv, dvd, ps3 etc into a monitor and they were using 55w on standby.

This device switches everything off completely so saves me about £40 a year

dont comment if you dont know what you are talking about :whistling:
banned#15
pete_l;2978996
A common myth - that gets repeated frequently, but never substantiated.
I've checked all the TVs etc. in my house and none of them use more than
2 Watts on standby.
The main use of this thing is to remotely switch appliances on/off (such as
lights, electric blankets, radios) rather than to save the miniscule amounts of
power that modern equipment uses.

try checking a ps3 (25w) or a pc (10w even when OFF) :roll:
#16
These are good for the FEW items in your house that do consume a bit of power, i've heard of people wiring these up to mobile phone chargers :whistling: !!!! . . .oh dear

I've got a Sky+HD box which sucks between 25w & 45w with the red light on so would probably be justified here, the only other items that i would consider using these for is a DAB radio which takes 8w when not in use and an extension cable which has a PC, printer, router, printer server & phone charger plugged in , this draws 26w constantly in standby.

A power monitor is a good buy though, i didn't realise that our 42" plasma consumed 1w on standby but between 260w & 305w when switched on...... the kids now have to watch kids programmes on their portable instead @ 14w
#17
andy math
most modern TV,s use about 2 watts in standby this 80% standby is total rubbish so using this wont save much when you consider you need batterys for another remote probley greener not to use it on your TV may be of some use on sky box maybe ie 14 watts standby still not 80%


People keep going on about how TVs only use 'X' amount of power anyway... I'm not talking just about TVs:

I have one standby buster with a 6 way plugged into it, which powers my TV, SKY+, PS3, Wii, and Wireless Router. If you were to look into how much energy each of those would use in their 'Stand-by' or docile state, I assure you it is giving me a considerable saving on my electric bill.... And that's even factoring in the cost of an extra battery for the remote, lol! :-D
#18
Anyway regardless can anyone confirm if mainland UK stores also have them? If so I may be tempted to pop along to my nearest asda.
1 Like #19
hodsey77
People keep going on about how TVs only use 'X' amount of power anyway... I'm not talking just about TVs:

I have one standby buster with a 6 way plugged into it, which powers my TV, SKY+, PS3, Wii, and Wireless Router. If you were to look into how much energy each of those would use in their 'Stand-by' or docile state, I assure you it is giving me a considerable saving on my electric bill.... And that's even factoring in the cost of an extra battery for the remote, lol! :-D

yes worth using on ps3 sky box ect i did did say sky box or maybe pc but using it for TV is total waste of time ie Manufacturing this device transporting it suppling whith batterys during its lifetime powering it only 1 watt less than TV?? not very green or cost effictive for this use is it maybe ok for some things.But this standby thing always seems to focus on the tv ? lots of people unplug tvs at night the leave sky box dvd freeview box ect pluged in also alot of new electrical stuff now has very low stand by current One thing in my house with hight standby current is my central heating boiler about 35 watts in standby ie not asking for heat who unplugs these at night ps its less than year old and A rated also 3 port valve on heating about 15 watts when held in c/heating position .I think the best energy savings are not using old light bulbs inc halagen and halgen outside lights and dont use desktop pc when laptop would ok. Voted this hot because its very cheap and can be usefull
#20
lb4406
Anyway regardless can anyone confirm if mainland UK stores also have them? If so I may be tempted to pop along to my nearest asda.


Yes has anyone else come across them in Asda?

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