Review of the Energy Egg
The Energy Egg is an egg-shaped device that can turn electronics and other appliances off automatically once the room is unoccupied for a certain length of time. This clever device accurately detects whether or not someone is in the room. It can even detect you if you are still in the room, but hiding behind the couch. The Energy Egg's keen power of detection ensures that it will not mistakenly turn off your electrical appliances and devices, interrupting your work.
How the Energy Egg Works
The Energy Egg comes with a Smart Plug and a PP3 9V battery, and setup is easy. Simply plug the Smart Plug into an existing power outlet. Then put the battery inside the Energy Egg, enabling it to connect to the Smart Plug wirelessly. Once the connection between the Energy Egg and Smart Plug is established, you are ready to go.
Now, the Energy Egg can turn any device plugged into the Smart Plug on or off. To gain automatic on/off control of multiple appliances through the Energy Egg, you may plug a power strip or surge protector into the Smart Plug. A single Energy Egg is capable of controlling up to nine wireless sockets.
Putting it to the Test
At the HomeGear lab, we connected our PC and peripherals via the Smart Plug. The connected devices included a PC, two monitors, an Epson 635 Printer, a Logitech Speaker System, a shredder, and a Sony Vaio Laptop.
A knob on the bottom of the Energy Egg lets you choose how long the Egg should wait before automatically turning off whatever is plugged into it. You can set it to any duration from 5 to 30 minutes. To test the Egg, we set the duration to five minutes. We left the room and waited to see if it really turned off the devices. After four minutes, it started to beep, notifying us that it was going to turn the devices off. A minute later, it turned off each of the devices mentioned in the paragraph above. When we entered the room and pressed the power button on the Egg, then it turned everything on again.
The Energy Egg is a very intuitive device that can be used for different setups in different rooms. You can use it for your kitchen, living room, kidís room, office, or any other room that has electronics that you sometimes forget to turn off. The Energy Egg gives you an effective way to reduce energy waste. It keeps you safe from electric hazards when you forget to turn your devices off. It probably will save you money on your electric bill. It is available at $69. HomeGear gives it a 4-Lights-On rating.
Length of Timer in Hours: 0.083 - 0.5
Number of Batteries Required: 1
Product Depth 2.24 inch
Product Height 4.21 inch
Product Width 2.56 inch
Weight 0.22 lbs
Wi-Fi range: 65 feet (20 meters)
Controls up to nine wireless sockets