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Smart power strip mod

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Instructables user elha2 had problems when shopping for an energy-conserving power strip, and writes:

We bought some “Energy Saver” power strips from Zweibrueder. The devices are very solid and not very expensive. They feature an external switch and no further intelligence. You can place the switch in a good spot and leave the cabling under your desk. The major drawback when using those power strips with manual on/off switches on PCs, is that you’ll have to wait for your PC to shutdown completely before pushing the off switch.

Check out the neat mod to use USB power as a signal to turn the power strip completely off once the PC shuts down.

2 thoughts on “Smart power strip mod

  1. The actual smart power strips that designate one plug as the “switch” unit are really excellent. We have the Cable DVR box as the switch plug, and that is the only unit that constantly uses power. Then when I turn on the DVR, it sends a control signal to the switched plugs, turning on the surround sound, enabling the power supply for xbox, wii, ps3, and it turns on the television as well – all with one power switch. They are worth every penny!

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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