Nowadays, saving energy is quickly becoming common sense as opposed to forward thinking. More and more tech consumers are aware of vampire power and and there are plenty of products out there to combat this unnecessary use of energy.
Having recently been introduced to the TrickleStar products, I have found them to be easy to use as well as being relatively easy on the wallet. What I can say right away is that you are not going to see a noticeable difference in your electric bill. Not unless you are using a ton of them. You’d really have to have your whole residence outfitted in order to see your bill go down.
Now that’s not to say that every little bit doesn’t count for something. I’m sure it does work to prevent vampire power, you just have to have faith and believe in the product. To help with that faith, the TrickleStar PC Energy Saver and Switch look very consumer friendly using a brilliant white glossy plastic and an attractive logo.
To explain what the TrickleStar PC Energy Saver and switch does is quite basic. It limits the amount of stand-by power your computer and peripherals draw from the wall outlet when not in use. When you power down or put to sleep your Mac or PC, the energy saver is activated. Without the switch, the energy saver is automatically set into use upon shut-down, whereas you have manual control when you have the switch integrated with in the set-up. I really have no idea why this wasn’t one product, but I’ll save that for gripe time.
The set-up process is really easy as well. All you do is plug the energy saver into the wall and then plug the power strip containing your PC/Mac and all its peripherals (Scanner, Printer, USB Hubs) into the female end. From there you plug the USB end into any port that reaches your computer. The switch is the middle man between you computer and the energy saver and uses female and male USB plugs to make that connections. Super easy.
I have a MacBook laptop so I am often using my computer away from my hard drives, USB hubs, and iPhone dock. The TrickleStar PC Energy Saver and Switch worked perfect for this. All I had to do was flip the switch and my whole surge protector and hard drives were shut down. The switch itself denotes power through a bright green LED. For more permanent set-ups, the Energy Save plug is mountable and the Switch has a peel adhesive.
Simple as that, my only problem with these products is that they are not one product. There’s really no need for this and it is much more practical to power your gear down manually, especially when using several chained hard drives.
Beyond that, the TrickleStar products work as advertised and will cost under $30 for the pair. If you are looking for a way to assure yourself that your computer set-up is not wasting energy I strongly suggest you give these products a try.
- Easy Set-Up
- Attractive Aesthetic
- Saves Energy
- Products should be combined as one package
- No real way to prove it works without the help of MythBusters
Buy the TrickleStar PC Energy Saver Plug Here For $17!
Buy the Trickle Star PC Switch Here For $10!