A few weeks ago we mentioned the Cost Controller Power Strip, a device that indicates which appliances are doing the most damage in your monthly power bill. But a lot of green power strips are taking a more aggressive approach than just tracking numbers.
The "Powergard," for example, claims to store energy that would otherwise be wasted in the operation of inductive motors and then recycle it later, according to Electronic House. It also functions like a standard strip, regulating surges and power spikes.
Nevvus, which makes the Powergard, says it will save consumers up to 10 percent … Read more
Ever wondered how much power is being consumed by your LCD TV or desktop PC? Now you can find out exactly how much electricity your appliances are drawing with the Cost Controller Power Strip.
Like most power strips in the market, the Cost Controller Power Strip is designed to connect to multiple devices (in this case, eight) and comes with surge protection. What's interesting, though, is the addition of an LCD display that shows in kilowatt hours (kWh) the power consumption of the connected electronic gadgets.
This allows you to find out which devices contribute the most to their … Read more
Best intentions aside, even the greenest of us can forget to conserve energy once in awhile, especially if we have other priorities. Watt Stopper understands this, which is why it came up with the "Isole IDP-3050."
No ordinary power strip, the Isole controls six outlets with a sensor that detects whether a person is in the vicinity. If no one seems to be within 300 square feet, its "passive infrared technology" cuts off power when the plugged-in gadgets aren't in use from a programmable 30 seconds to 30 minutes.
There's just one problem: Only … Read more
OK, so a power strip might not seem very crushworthy, but how many of us have cursed conventional versions over not providing adequate space for a multitude of bricks? In fact, some of us at Crave are on the fire marshal's watchlist for maintaining masses of under-desk cords, adapters, and extensions.
Enter the "Socket Sense Surge Strip," which claims to be "the first and only surge strip with six fully adjustable sockets that expand and contract to fit any power adapter." It's not cheap--the strip retails for $40, according to Popgadget--but the manufacturer says … Read more
Here's something blasphemous: My favorite booth at Macworld was not Apple's, but Belkin's. It knocked my socks off.
Think back a few years: Belkin was a ho-hum manufacturer of unsexy cables and nondescript PC accessories. Then came the iPod, and the company recognized a good thing when it saw one. Belkin jumped on the iPod shooting star and produced a nice line of interesting, well-conceived accessories. But essentially, the company outsourced its aesthetic to the iPod, piggybacking visually as well as functionally on that core device.
Now, Belkin is turning into a design and innovation powerhouse in … Read more
Are you one of those artsy-fatalist types who has a poster of Salvador Dali's The Persistence of Memory up on the wall? That's the "melting clock painting," also known as the backdrop of the 1938 cartoon short "Porky in Wackyland." (Yes, it's on YouTube.)
If so, we've found something perfect to further indulge your fantasies of things that appear to be melting into a puddle of surrealist goo. Called the "ElectriciTree," this stretchy power strip/extension cord is technically supposed to look like the branches of a tree to remind … Read more