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Consumer Technology APC SurgeArrest

Published on August 9th, 2008 | by Courtney Carlisle Bolton

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Strip it! APC's Power-Saving Surge Protector

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August 9th, 2008 by
 
The APC Essential SurgeArrest promises guaranteed protection from power surges and electrical spikes. Their new Master-Controlled outlets are designed to help conserve energy and save money from “ghost drain” when your computer system is plugged in but not in use.

I decided to check it out and see if I could really save or see a difference since I usually forget to turn off my power cord and conserve energy that way. The verdict: if you have one computer attached to one printer and/or don’t mind the inconvenience of having to turn on the master computer every time you want to print wirelessly, it’s a great find.

I actually thinks it’s the perfect solution for TV/DVD/TIVO systems. Plug your (energy efficient) LCD into the “Master Control” outlet and when it’s on; so is the DVD player or TIVO – whatever you plug into the following outlets will turn on only when the Master is on. When the Master is off, the outlets automatically cut power to idle equipment to conserve electricity.

The claim is that one strip can help you save up to $25 per year and it comes with a Lifetime Warranty for your connected equipment. Available for $35 (you’ll make that up in a year and a half) at Office Depot.

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When she isn't writing or in the library, this tech savvy ecophile can usually be found glued to her mobile or macbook ogling the latest gadgets, scouting the newest designs, traveling or out enjoying the Colorado terrain. Courtney holds two masters degrees in Psychology and Communications and received her BA from Vanderbilt University in Psychology and English. She recently relocated from Los Angeles to Denver, CO where she is pursuing her PhD in Family and Child Psychology.



  • Bob

    As I understand it, their is still a small amount of power running on the circuit board to protect the components from the stress of turning everything off and on. Years ago they found that TVs that were always “on” lasted longer then ones that were turned off and on.

    Maybe that no longer applies – but that fact certainly explains the need to leave some parts of the appliance on. Comments?

  • Bob

    As I understand it, their is still a small amount of power running on the circuit board to protect the components from the stress of turning everything off and on. Years ago they found that TVs that were always “on” lasted longer then ones that were turned off and on.

    Maybe that no longer applies – but that fact certainly explains the need to leave some parts of the appliance on. Comments?

  • Bob

    As I understand it, their is still a small amount of power running on the circuit board to protect the components from the stress of turning everything off and on. Years ago they found that TVs that were always “on” lasted longer then ones that were turned off and on.

    Maybe that no longer applies – but that fact certainly explains the need to leave some parts of the appliance on. Comments?

  • http://islandinthenet.com Khürt Williams

    I am sure a TiVo records nothing when it’s off. At least that is how mine works.

  • http://islandinthenet.com Khürt Williams

    I am sure a TiVo records nothing when it’s off. At least that is how mine works.

  • Rick

    Better not plug the TiVo into a switched outlet if you want it to record things while the TV is off. And, if you leave the TiVo on, you’ll need to leave the cable box or satellite receiver on, too.

  • Rick

    Better not plug the TiVo into a switched outlet if you want it to record things while the TV is off. And, if you leave the TiVo on, you’ll need to leave the cable box or satellite receiver on, too.

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