TV TrickleSaver Review

TV TrickleSaverSometimes I get to review gadgets that annoy me. They annoy me not because of problems or poor performance, but because I thought of them first. Yes, I’m annoyed at my own lazy countenance. My own inability to take an idea from the shower to the drawing board and into production.

The TV TrickleSaver from TrickleStar is one of these annoying gadgets. At its heart it is nothing more than a simple relay. What TrickleStar have done is wrap an adjustable relay up in some sexy packaging and jumped on the green bandwagon.

Despite the simplicity, the TrickleStar is a lovely little gadget. It does exactly what it says on the box. Plug your TV into the “master” plug, and everything else into the “slave”. When the TV is on, the slaves will be on. When the TV goes into standby, everything else will be turned off.

Of course you need to think about what plugs into that slave plug. You won’t be able to plug your MySky or DVR into that plug, but your DVD player, XBox, and amplifier should be prime candidates for slavery.

It’s hard to pin down just how much you’ll save. TrickleStar have a slightly dubious power saving calculator. Some surveys put the amount of standby power overall at 10%, with TVs and entertainment devices making up a good chunk of that. In any case, the TrickleSaver is guaranteed to save you some power, which has to be a good thing surely?

Pricing is not yet fixed, but they tell me it will be something like NZ$149, and it will be distributed into New Zealand by Ambertech.

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  1. I’m not sure if the Jaycar one can detect the difference between standby and operational power? With the TrickleSaver you leave the TV on standby so you can still use the remote to turn it on.

  2. Hmm you’re right that one doesn’t explicitly say so but I’m pretty sure that’s how they all work. Just found a simpler model that’s $40 at DSE, and it says on its website that below 30W is considered standby and will trip the relay.

  3. Hey Ben, this very device (but a prototype from about 12 months ago) was on Dragon’s Den in the wee hours of this morning. It made history because all 5 of the dragons invested in it – 20,000 pounds each for 50% of the company (10% each). The inventor claimed he had the worldwide patent rights and was in discussions with manufacturers in the UK to have it installed into TV set top boxes. I’m really surprised to see it – looks like it comes from Malaysia. Wonder if it’s the real deal or a rip-off of the UK one? I found the one I saw:

  4. This might be why the TrickleStar devices are only sold in Australasia, Denmark, Germany, Norway and USA. I wonder if the UK guy has the patent for the UK plug version and they have the patent for the other plug types?

  5. Yeah, I saw the Dragon’s Den one too, a couple of years ago, but that one switched the power off completely when in stand-by mode. This one still requires the t.v. to be in standby which is probably the most power hungry device of all. No-one will buy it at that price either.

  6. I saw the Dragon’s Den programme featuring the UK power saver version, as well as the Breakfast programme this morning. I have several stereo units, plus plasma TV, DVR, & set-top box all in the one cabinet – nine items in all. I wouldn’t want to have everything plugged into one power saver, to be turned on or off by the TV remote. Otherwise I’d need to turn the TV on just to listen to a CD for example. So, they are a good idea, but you’d need separate power savers for different applications.

  7. there’s a much cheaper,less complex option. Turn it off at the wall.
    Why do people insist on complex and expensive solutions to problems that don’t exist?
    If you insist on keeping a recording device on standby he fit a multi board with separate switches or plug he device into its own wall socket.

    doing it this way isn’t a power saver, its just simply not using power which has to be less expensive.

    I’m sure there will be some that believe that you have to keep on standby to keep circuits warm etc….trust me thats a load of BS in modern circuit boards etc.

  8. Have you had the chance to review any others of these now that there are at least 13 available on the NZ market?
    Do you know which ones require TV to be left on?
    & in response to someone elses comment about just switching it off at the wall – one of my wall switches is in a corner behind a couch & the other is behind entertainment unit, so not easy to just flip the switch at the wall & if i switch off powerboard that has sky on, often there is a long delay for it to start up again so I would want to possibly control different devices individually (some come with remotes for 4 different plugs).

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