ECO-Surge detects when you turn off the device connected to the "Master" outlet—typically a computer or television—then turns off the "Power Save" outlets. Turning off the Power Save outlets prevents any phantom loads connected to those outlets from wasting electricity, such as DVD players, gaming consoles and speakers. The "Always On" outlets remain powered to support devices like DVRs, cable/satellite boxes, broadband modems and wireless routers. When you turn on the Master device, the Power Save outlets also turn on and your entire system is ready to use. The ECO-Surge wattage switch ensures reliable operation whether you're using a higher-wattage Master device (such as a television, desktop computer or full-size laptop) or a lower-wattage Master device (such as a Netbook). Simply flip the switch to match your device.
Device will eventually pay for itself in energy savings, total of 10 protected outlets is nice to have, unusual for low end power strips, MUCH different function than the APC AVR.
posted: Mar. 17, 2013 @ 9:52a
my devices turn off on their own, using hdmi. for $50 wouldn't a ups protect your expensive HDTV better than this surge protector?
Why I oughta...
posted: Mar. 17, 2013 @ 1:09p
MitchFlorida said: my devices turn off on their own, using hdmi. for $50 wouldn't a ups protect your expensive HDTV better than this surge protector? How do your devices turn off their phantom loads? However many devices made in the past few years present really low phantom loads of less than a half watt.
A real UPS runs its loads from a battery powered converter all the time, while most backup supplies just switch over to battery during blackouts and brownouts. A real UPS will usually provide better surge protection because that converter isolates the loads more from the household AC, and because it costs more it will almost always have a good surge protector consisting of not just MOV crowbars but also coils and capacitors. Many backups and better surge protector strips have similar protection.
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