The Smart Strip SCG3 is a 7 outlet extension cord with energy saving switching. Smart strips work by having a 'master' socket, which works as a switch for the 'slave' sockets. When the 'master' device is switched off, the Smart Strip automatically turns off all the 'slave' sockets.
The SCG3 Smart Strip also uses zero power when switched outlets are off. Unlike standard power extension cords no current is drawn when outlets are off, but still plugged in.
How It Works
Plug the 'master' device into the blue socket, and the 'slave' devices into the white sockets. When the blue socket detects a 10% shift in current it automatically turns off all of the white sockets. This 10% shift is enough to recognize when a computer or TV is entering sleep or standby mode. When the device comes back on or wakes up, the slave devices are all turned back on.
The red sockets are always-on, and are never switched off, except during a power surge.
Computer system - when the computer is turned off other devices (such as printer, scanner, monitor) are also switched off.
Entertainment system - when the television is switch off other devices (DVD player, cable box, sound system, games machine etc) are also switched off
- Surge-protected outlet
- 1 master socket, 2 always-on sockets, 4 slave sockets (1 extra wide)
- Indicator light which indicates on/off status, and if device is adequately grounded
- Sensitive control outlet can sense 10% shifts in current
- Superior EMI/RFI filtering and noise reduction - reduces wear and tear on connected devices
- Recessed on/off switch
- Zero current drawn when switched outlets are off
- Saves money while reducing your carbon footprint
- Pays for itself in energy savings
Overview of Smart Strip Devices
There are different versions of the SmartStrip extension cord. They all feature the same auto-switching technology, but have different numbers of outlets, as well as optional device surge protection:
SGC3 - 1 master, 4 slave, 2 always-on (this page)
SGC4 - 1 master, 4 slave, 2 always-on, fax/modem surge protection
SGC5 - 1 master, 4 slave, 2 always-on, coaxial surge protection
LCG3 - 1 master, 6 slave, 3 always-on
LCG3 - 1 master, 6 slave, 3 always-on, fax/modem surge protection
LCG3 - 1 master, 6 slave, 3 always-on, coaxial surge protection
Why Its Good
Many household devices we leave plugged in at all times, such as printers and dvd players. When no in use, this power strip will switch these devices off, reducing power usage, electricity bills and your CO2 footprint.
e.g. Laser printer at work. Turns on with your computer, stays on for 9 hours per day instead of 24. Laser printers use a significant amount of electricity, between 25-80W in standby mode. Assuming 50W, the SmartStrip would save 750W per day. Faxes (standby 10W), and photocopiers (standby 100W-200W!) could also be added.
e.g. Home entertainment system. When the TV is turned off, the DVD player, games machine and stereo system also turns off (turning off the cable box will reset the time/date, and miss any programs you wish to record). Assuming you watch TV for 4 hours a day, this could save 20 hrs * 5W (stereo) + 15W (dvd player) + 2W (games console) = 374W per day.
How to recycle
All electronic products should be recycled at dedicated municipal recycling centers. Never throw electronics in the trash, not only does it add to land fill waste it is discarding valuable, energy-intensive materials.