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TrickleStar 4 Outlet PowerTap
TrickleStar 4 Outlet PowerTap

Getting Set Up

The TrickleStar Smart PowerTap comes in a box with screws, Velcro ties, and a user manual. However, this device is so easy to set up and use that you might not even need to open the user manual.

You can set the smart PowerTap over an existing outlet. To do so, you may remove the outlet cover or remove the existing screw and go right through it.
TrickleStar 4 Outlet PowerTap

Testing

At our HomeGear lab, we tried the TrickleStar PowerTap only for our PC setup. Our PC setup consists of a CPU, an LCD monitor, an LED monitor, an Epson WorkForce 635 All-in-One Printer, an EnGenius ESR-9850 300Mbps Wireless N Router, and a Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Speaker System. Obviously, the four outlets were not enough, so we used extensions. We plugged our PC's cord into the Control outlet, the EnGenius router into the always-on outlet, and the LCD monitor and Logitech speaker system into one of the Switch outlets through an extension. We plugged the Epson WorkForce 635 into the other Switch outlet. The LED indicators played a good role in letting us know the status of our setup.

When we turned off the PC, the Smart PowerTap turned off all the connected peripherals except for the EnGenius router. This is because we had plugged the router into the Always-on outlet, so we could have uninterrupted Wi-Fi connection for our mobile devices.

The TrickleStar Smart PowerTap can save an impressive amount of electricity for a big setup like this. According to TrickleStar, it can save about $38 worth of power in a year for a common TV or PC setup, and it reduces energy waste. TrickleStar claims that this is a lifetime product that you can expect to last for at least ten years.

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