Belkin Conserve AV Switch with Energy-Saving AV Surge and Remote

Belkin Conserve AV Switch with Energy-Saving AV Surge and Remote

  • Control power to your home entertainment system with a single click.
  • The wireless remote switch lets you shut off power-including standby power – to up to eight devices at once
  • Two Always-On Outlets stay on for devices that need continuous power, like your DVR or cable box.
  • Place remote on a desk or shelf, or mount it on the wall – 60 foot range; line of sight not required
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
  • 1,000 Joules
  • 10 total outlets – 2 always on, 8 switchable
  • 2 always-on outlets for devices that need continuous power, like DVRs
  • Remote-switched outlets let you eliminate standby power to up to 8 outlets with one click
  • Wireless remote switch works up to 60 feet away, is wall-mountable & battery included

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  1. A. Dent "Aragorn" says:
    26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Simple and effective solution to a real problem, April 22, 2011
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    Brief evaluation
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    Belkin suggests that you use this for your entertainment center – which explains the ‘coax’ protection – but I found it a lot more useful with my home office. The entertainment center use did not work for me because more than 2 of my gadgets don’t like to be shut down completely and only one or two would benefit from this feature. On my home office though, I just love taking down the speakers, the monitor, the several chargers and the docking station. I’m not sure how long it will take for this to ‘pay for itself’ but, since I was going to replace the old surge protector anyway, I had no problem going with this one.

    This surge protector allows for up to 10 devices to be plugged in but it makes no special accommodations for the wider DC adapters. It will protect them against power surges and it also does pass-thru protection for one coax wire. What makes it ‘special’ is, of course, the remote control that will completely shut off all but 2 of the outlets so nothing, not even stand-by power is consumed. This is good because it saves some energy and I suspect that the devices for which the power was completely shut down are better protected in the event of a spike. With the remote on my desk, I found that I almost always remember to shut things down when I’m done.

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    The following are noteworthy, in my view.

    Positives:

    + Simple remote control with a 60 ft. range and no line of sight requirement to turn off all but 2 of the outlets – it’s what makes this device special.
    + On-Off switch could be mounted on a wall (mounting screws not provided) or simply glued to the wall or the side of your desk (adhesive tape provided).
    + 10-outlet capacity but must be creative with the placement of the wider AC adapters. Two of them can sit comfortably at the end where the cable guides are. The remaining six outlets that can be switched off are a little crowded though so your true ‘power saving’ capacity (not counting the permanently one outlets which I don’t use at this time) could be 4 AC and 2 regular plugs – see the note at the bottom of this review for an alternative solution.
    + ‘Always on’ light shows that power is present.
    + ‘Not grounded’ red light (must be off) will warn you when there’s something wrong. Belkin’s warranty won’t apply if the light was on when your devices got fried. I don’t know if for a fact but I assume they have a way of telling if that was the case.
    + ‘Remote-Switched Outlets’ light shows when switched outlets are active.
    + Manual override button allows for direct control of switched outlets. A must have when the remote’s battery needs replacing.
    + Clip for cable management. Its best feature is it being removable because removing it was the only way I could squeeze in my 2 widest AC adapters.
    + Thin (one inch) and flat shape. Sits well on any flat surface, usually the floor.
    + Coax cable pass through for surge protection but Belkin’s warranty does NOT cover damage through surges through the coax (think lightning hitting your satellite dish).
    + It’s possible to control several similar devices with one remote control or have each respond to its own on-off remote – the manual shows you how to set them up.
    + 4 foot long cord.

    Negatives:

    - Crowded placement of 6 of the 8 ‘switched’ outlets creating potential problems when you are plugging in many wide AC adapters. The only place the really wide adapters can live is near the cable guide clip but ONLY after you remove it.
    - The little manual was written for a different model that has only 6 switched outlets but it does cover the current product’s feature.
    - The warranty statement promises up to $100,000 coverage for equipment damaged due to surges but it explicitly excludes anything coming through the coax (lightning?) and the way it’s worded, it would probably cost you more to fulfill the requirements and prove your case than whatever you are likely to get IF you are successful.

    Rating
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    I like Belkin’s opting for simplicity – click and you’re done – over the more complex semi-intelligent energy saving power strips that many find difficult to set up and don’t always perform the way one expects. With me in control, at least I won’t be blaming someone else if something goes wrong. I currently have one ‘always on’ outlet in use and 5 ‘switched’ outlets and the 3 remaining ones are still usable – not ‘covered’ that is. The 5 outlets that I can turn off at the end of my workday should probably not waste 25-35W each hour for 12+ hours each workday plus weekends. Not bad and it should probably fully pay for itself after about a year of use.

    I am awarding 5 stars to this 4.5 stars item that addresses real issues by providing a realistic solution. It’s possible that the power strip of the future are going to be a lot more…

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  2. Cnprt says:
    17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Remote makes this surge protector very useful, September 29, 2010
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    I was looking for a power strip surge protector that could be switched on and off to conserve electricity. I was not really excited about crawling around the back of my entertainment center though. Then I found this item. I now have all my components hooked up and the product works great. The remote toggles between on and off (think like how a light switch clicks between on and off) which was kind of a surprise. I was very pleasently surprised to find that the remote works right through the closed wood door of my entertainment center, turning off the strip tucked inside. The two always on outlets are nice to have for components such as DVR’s. I am very happy with this purchase and would recommended it to a friend.

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  3. C. Sun "orbitalint" says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfect for an Energy-Saver like me, June 7, 2011
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    I’m a little geeky when it comes to energy useage. Personally, I don’t like paying more than $50 a month in electricity, especially when there are things I can do to reduce “phantom” energy usage. I bought the 8 plug model Belkin BG108000-04 Conserve Energy-Saving Surge Strip over 2 years ago and am still loving it.

    I bought this model on a lightning deal a few months ago and it still exceeds my expectations. 8 of the plugs are connected to the remote switch with 2 being available for always on performance. I connected my DVR and TV to the always on plugs with my router, cable modem, PS3 and receiver on the remote.

    I keep the remote upstairs by my desktop computer (also on the a conserve switch) so I can turn on the internet whenever I use the desktop. There is also a switch on the surge protector so you can turn the remote-controlled plugs on and off without the remote. Since I have two Conserve units, I set both of them to the same frequency and they both work off the same remote. I use the upstairs desktop sparingly and it helps eliminate the phantom power draw from the power supply of the desktop when it is off. I used the handy Belkin Conserve Insight F7C005q Energy-Use Monitor to figure it cut 90% of energy usage for my desktop when off.

    I did the math and it easily saves me 2-5 dollars a month in energy consumption on my router and modem alone vs. being on 24/7. I turn the router and modem off while I am at work or am not using the devices. It really pays for itself over the course of a year or two.

    Pros:

    - Eliminate power consumption on low use items that consume electricity even while off. Will pay for itself over the course of a few years.

    - Multiple units can be controlled from same remote

    - At least 30 foot radius for the RF remote, no line of sight needed (I haven’t tried longer but that’s about how far mine is from the downstairs unit)

    Cons:

    I really can’t see any downside to this product. Its perfect for someone like myself who is looking for a way to reduce the cost of the electricity bill each month in a convenient way.

    Highly recommended!

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