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BITS Smart Strip Power Strip

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$28.00

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Quick Overview

A super smart strip power strip, especially great for your entertainment center, and your computer and its peripherals.

Product Description

How many other things are plugged in and unneeded when you're not using your TV, or computer?  In our house, our cable box uses more than 50W of electricity, all day, all night, all the time.  Computer speakers often use from 12W to 15W.  It all adds up, and can add up to quite a lot of money.  Make your electricity bill smaller, buy a Smart Strip.

A smart strip power strip saves electricity, saves energy, saves your electronics, and saves money, all in one clever package.

The BITS Smart Strip is smart indeed.

  • A master or "control" outlet
  • Outlets that automatically turn off when the master isn't using electricity
  • Regular outlets for things that need to be on all the time

So, you can plug your computer, which needs the permanent surge protection, into the main outlets and plug your printers and speakers and everything else into the controlled outlets - Then, when you shut your computer down, the BITS Power Strip will sense it and also shut down all your peripherals. It'll also turn everything back on when you turn your computer (or whatever you choose to plug into the main outlets) back on.

There is a lit-up power switch and it's also wall mountable, just in case.

There are two RC filters to prevent false switching on or off and a 6-foot long power cord gives you extra extension.

This clever auto-switcher will save money, save electricity by making sure that when you shut down your cockpit, everything is really, truly turned off.

We Thought You'd Like To Know

We think the smart strip is one of the simplest steps many people can take to save electricity in your house.  Replacing light bulbs makes a big difference, of course, but reducing the amount of power your house uses all the time can sometimes add up to a remarkable amount.

If you have computer speakers that use 10 Watts all the time, that's 240 Watt-Hours a day -- even an old, nasty, wasteful 100 Watt light bulb that's on for a couple of hours a day uses less!  And don't get me started about my old Motorola cable box, which we used for a couple hours a day when we watched TV, and for the other 22 hours, it soaked up 94 Watts, according to my trusty Kill-A-Watt. Holy Watt Hours, Batman.  At our electricity rates here in the North East, that cable box alone cost over $128/year in electricity alone!

There are usually from two to four opportunities in a typical household to reduce this "phantom load".  Entertainment centers, TVs, game consoles, and computers are are likely candidates.

This model is typically fine for home enertainment centers, since they usually don't have the big, bulky "brick" transformers -- consider the 10-outlet version for computers -- not only does it have more outlets, it's designed to have extra space for the big bricks.

Nitty Gritty

  • Rating: UL 1449
  • Rating 120 Volt 50/60 Hz
  • Surge Protection: 1225 joules, 48000 amps, 130 volts
  • EMI/RFI Filtering: 2 Spike Blocking Bar coil chokes
  • Up to 60 db line noise reduction
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 2 Years
  • Note: This BITS power strip may not operate properly with already energy efficient low power devices, such as Apple iMacs, Mac Mini G4s, and laptop computers.

What The Pros Are Saying

Evergreen Home Performance
Rockland, ME
With so many electronics and so little time to keep up on whats on and whats not, this power strip is essential to be energy smart with electricity.  
Cloney Clone
Yarmouth, Maine
With so many electronics and so little time to keep up on whats on and whats not, this power strip is essential to be energy smart with electricity.  

Customer Reviews

The Nitty Gritty states: "Note: This BITS power strip may not operate properly with already energy efficient low power devices, such as Apple iMacs, Mac Mini G4s, and laptop computers." These may well be low power devices. However, the printers, displays, scanners they are attached to often are NOT low power devices. Posted by Gene M on Feb 23, 2012 8:15pm
The Nitty Gritty states: "Note: This BITS power strip may not operate properly with already energy efficient low power devices, such as Apple iMacs, Mac Mini G4s, and laptop computers." These may well be low power devices. However, the printers, displays, scanners they are attached to often are NOT low power devices. Posted by Gene M on Feb 23, 2012 8:15pm
All ready to get smart strip for entertainment center and for computer center. But now confused is smart strip adequate or do I need surge protector strips. By nature of the smart strip, is equipment protected? Thanks Posted by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2011 11:36am
I want one, but I live in Australia. Does anyone know where I can get one for for 240V Australian plug or UK plug? Posted by Jason on May 13, 2010 12:12am
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Installed similar product in gameroom with rarely used big screen TV. Put cable box/DVR on unswitched port, TV on control port and DVD, VCR, games on slave ports. Can't imagine how much we've saved. Posted by Jim on May 3, 2010 11:51pm
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Subject of "vampire power" came up at a party I was attending recently; I learned about these smart power strips and decided to give this one a try. Conclusion: awesome. Well worth picking one of these up over a traditional power strip (who wants to reach down and flip a switch all the time, really - this is the 21st century!). Efficiency along with convenience, and a quick payback time. Have heard, however, that these don't work so well with laptops - with desktops and TVs works great though. Posted by Bill S. on Jul 27, 2009 12:04pm
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Just started using this on my computer setup! Not only is it killing vampires for me, but I don't have to turn so many things on and off anymore. I've got my monitor, printer, external HD, and a few battery chargers all controlled by the computer. Turn the computer off, they all turn off - and vice versa. Now I don't have to push five different power buttons to start up in the morning! Posted by Tim on May 5, 2009 10:53am
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I feel like I'm in control of the excess power my stuff sucks up even when off. Posted by SassyMom on Apr 14, 2009 6:13am

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