EcoSwitch - Product Review of the Standby Power 'Kill Switch'

The very first negergy product is, fittingly, a simple one: the EcoSwitch.

The Eco Switch is a simple standby power 'kill switch'. It allows you to move your power outlet's button from a bad location (under the desk / behind the cabinet) to a good one (on the desk / on the wall). It's probably easiest to understand by reviewing the graphic below:

EcoSwitch standby power outlet usage guide 

As promised, every product endorsed on negergy.com.au will have been put through its paces before listed for sale.

If you want to read about all the positive money-saving things you can do with an Eco Switch, see the EcoSwitch sale page.

Here, I'll get a little bit more detailed...

Does it really use 0 watts?

The makers of the Eco Switch make a number of important claims regarding the unit. In particular:

The EcoSwitch:

  • uses no batteries
  • requires no programming or re-programming or memorising of codes
  • requires no maximum/minimum current-thresholds
  • neither suffers from, nor generates, electrical interference
  • is robust and easy to understand, install and use
  • does not remain on standby (off means 100% off)

- Carbon Reduction Industries Pty. Ltd.

Eco Switch at computer deskThe first five points above are inherent in the design of the device. After a quick inspection and plug-in it's obvious those are all correct. The only one which has any scope for ambiguity is the last point.

So, the first thing I did was hook it up to my power meter to check that claim. Good news: off does mean 100% off (0 watts).

Interestingly, the unit does use some power when in the "on" position (0.4 watts, which is very low). This is because the button lights up green when on. This in itself is an important visual cue, but is worth mentioning here as it can be lost amongst all the benefits.

In other words: your power consumption will go up by 0.4 watts when the Eco Switch is in the on position. This is offset many times over by the savings you will make when it's in the off position, for the types of devices listed in the graphic above.

What others think of it

Thankfully, others like the simplicity of the Eco Switch too (it's not just me!).

The Eco Switch originally featured on the New Inventors a few years ago. It was one of the most popular inventions of the year (as voted in the ‘People’s Choice’ award). It was also a finalist in ‘The Next Big Thing’ in 2009.

CHOICE have also reviewed the product - they gave it 4 stars (Eco Switch quick review - "cheap and simple, this energy-efficient power switch controls many appliances at once.")

Some people have criticised the Eco Switch. They say it’s not a real invention: “it’s just a cord with a switch on it.” I think they're a little boring.

That's about it. Click here if you'd like to buy the EcoSwitch.

- Ryan McCarthy

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