Saturday, December 20, 2008

Gadget Review - Belkin Conserve Surge Protector

I have several devices that keep sucking electricity, even when they’re off. I’m sure you all have several devices around the house that have a standby mode (little test: turn off the lights, and count how many LED lights do you see around your place).

Living in California, with all the planned and unplanned electricity black outs and brown-outs, using a surge protector is a must, unless you want to stare at a smoldering heap of plastic, after a nasty lightning storm. So all the devices in my living room are plugged into one big surge protector.

There are some devices (like my cable modem and wireless router) that I want to stay constantly on, so turning off the entire surge protector when I leave my living room. On the other hand, constantly plugging and unplugging devices is not really comfortable.

Along comes the Belkin Conserve surge protector. It has a remote control, allowing you to turn 6 of its sockets on/off with one click. The other 2 sockets remain on even when the others are turned off. It’ll cost you $30 on Amazon.

I’m waiting for the bigger model to drop in price – it has 10 sockets, and a cable protector - so I can attach the rest of the devices in my place. You can have more than one in the house – the remote has a code in the back allowing you to choose which surge protector it controls.

I've been using it for a week now, and it works like a charm. I installed my remote next to the door, and I just click it off when I leave the apartment. I give the Belkin Conserve 4 stars, since the remote is a bit plasticky and toyish (although it’s essentially one big button).

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