expired EcoSwitch Easy Reach Power Switch from $12.95+$9.95 post (4+ @$10ea + Free Post)

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My boss says we have to reduce stock levels and the OzBargain community is always looking to save money (and electricity and CO2) and there's no easier way to save money than with a few EcoSwitches around the home. Or office.
They also make thoughtful gifts!

Buy three or more with the coupon ozbjulonly3 and pay only $10 each (plus just $9.95 total postage). Free postage if you buy 4 or more!

Buy two with the coupon ozbjulonly2 and pay only $22 (plus just $9.95 postage)

Buy one with the coupon ozbjulonly1 and pay only $12.50 (plus $9.95 postage)

Hurry - deal is only good for July!

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  • +5 votes

    I think that $12.50 plus $9.95 postage for a 1.2m extension lead with a T-off to a switch on it is expensive. I'll just use the wall switch, that "has no silly electronics" either.

  • +2 votes

    So instead of switching it off at the wall, we just use the switch on this thing? Maybe handy for switches that are hard to get to otherwise it seems pretty well pointless unless I'm overlooking some other fab feature?

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      no, there are no silly electronics

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      I also use two switches similar to this for our bedside lamps - We don't have to reach around the back of the lamps in the dark and nearly knock the lamps off the table to turn them on or off, as I used double-sided tape to tape the remote switches in a convenient location where we can reach it in the dark.

  • +1 vote

    If you have the application for it, then it seems like a decent deal.

    I myself have a few uses, so bought some, thanks. At $20 plus postage no thanks, but $10 posted I think is worth it.

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    Just tried to buy 4.

    Total comes to $41.79 instead of $40 so I am paying $1.79 for postage. Please fix Rep

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    Eliminate standby power and slash your power bill by over 10 percent!

    It's truly amazing how a power switch extension magically reduces electricity bills by a minimum of 10%.

    • +2 votes

      I'm sure that you must understand the basis for that claim (that standby power is saved). It's not rocket surgery.

      • +1 vote

        10% of the average yearly household power bill is in the region of $250 (last time I checked govt. figures). A few TVs and other devices left on standby all year won't add up to $50. You're right, it's not hard, it's also not an accurate claim.

        • -1 vote

          Yes, I just agreed with the principal of the claim, I wasn't making any assertion that 10% was correct.

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          The item doesn't reduce the power consumption. It's the actions by the user in switching it off that does it. You could just turn it off at the source by yourself.

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          It's the actions by the user in switching it off that does it.

          Yes Einstein. It's a manually operated switch.

          You could just turn it off at the source by yourself.

          You could, assuming you're able to reach the wall switch.
          Me? Back injury, so this represents a $10 convenience.

      • -1 vote

        Yes I do understand. Thankyou for your concern.

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        rocket surgery.

        WTF is that :-)
        NasaScientists mating with NeuroScientists

  • +1 vote

    The 40c Office Works Jackson power boards (posted earlier) would have done the same job …. if there had actually been any stock to start with.

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    Safety question:

    Is your switch double pole like a power point?
    ie: does it switch BOTH active and neutral when switched?

    Otherwise "bities" may still be present on the appliance when you think its off.

    (for most people it probably doesnt matter)

  • +2 votes

    To avoid buying these, just unscrew the PowerPoint from the wall and pull it out (cables attached) to where you need it.

    • +1 vote

      What an Excel-lent idea.

      • +4 votes

        My Word! I think the neggers brains couldn't Access the concept of your comment, and took a dim Outlook of it.

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      just unscrew the PowerPoint from the wall and pull it out (cables attached) to where you need it.

      That's a shockingly bad idea! (pun intended)

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    I have 3 entertainment units and a computer all with switches hard to reach. "+".

    Excellent deal on 4 only you just use ozbjulonly3

    This deal is only on white,
    I would have preferred black only the codes wouldn't work for black when I tried so I ordered 4 x white
    REP if you can change my order to 4x black, 'twould be nice….
    My order is Order: #4339

    Is there anything which lets me disconnect USB in a similar manner without unplugging?

    • +3 votes

      You're missing the point. This is for hard-to-reach sockets, like the one behind TVs.

      Do you really want a power board sitting in front of your TV with 10 power leads running around? And if you want to cut power to everything, you have to flip 8 switches.

      With this device you can keep all your power boards hidden behind your tv and have one small switch peeking out from somewhere. Flipping this one switch will turn off all 8 outlets on your power boards in one go.

      • +1 vote

        Here here!
        My main entertainment unit uses 3 off 6 port power boards and my computer uses 6 x 6 port power boards so I will just plug each into one of these as total for each is less than 10 A.

        I only have to hang the switch out the front and educate the kids haha (might unravel the concept yet).
        Though you can get powerboards with a switch I don't want all that mess visible and besides, can't reach the wall switches that feed the power boards even if I could bother turning off multiple!

        (My home lights will undim and the local power station generator will go offline when I take this lot off standby)

  • +2 votes

    4 Starts from Choice - http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/household/energy-...

    i had/have a 'remote' control one that acts in a similar way. Bummer was every time there was a powercut I had to move everything to get to the power switch and reset it. This looks like it will save that hassle. We used it extensively and noticed a fairly significant electricity saving, running TV, Stereo, Foxtel, PS3, Wii, HDD Recorder off the switch (although foxtel was bypassed so it could still remote record etc).

    Then we lost the remote :-)

    Was gonna buy 2, then bing a true OzBargainer, bought 4 as it was bugger all difference

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    Ok, point taken.

    We should also note that these switches only make sense if your appliances have high standby drain.
    My amp, TV, bluray, media player only draw a couple of watts total in standby, so its not worth the trouble and expense. But not all appliances are so well behaved. My old set-top box drew 10W standby.

    • +1 vote

      That's what this device is for - people with equipment that has high parasitic drain. You might have low-drain devices, that doesn't mean everyone else does too, so it is not a "stupid piece of junk". Stupid pieces of junk would be like stabilizer pyramids that you put on your cd player to make it sound better. Or $1,000 rca cables.

      At 24c/kWh, 10W is $0.0024 per hour. Six months worth of standby is $10.50. You can recoup your investment in a little over 6-7 months (taking into account the time you actually use your equipment).

      After that, at 10W, you'll save $21 a year.

      p.s. cheap power meters may not measure standby power consumption accurately.

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        Yes, I agree. Just pointing it out in case some people assume it will help with good modern equipment.

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          'Good' yes, but 'modern' means nothing - The Logitech Z5500 speakers suck 65W on standby. I use a similar remote switch like this one purchased from ALDI to turn it on and off at the wall, so the wiring is nicely hidden.

          I also use two switches like this product for our bedside lamps - they are sold as 'Low power LED bulbs - save energy!' but they are powered by plug-packs. The plug-packs don't turn off when we turn off the LED bulbs, and make a slight buzzing noise (and use up small standby power) so these things are perfect. It also means we don't have to reach around the back of the lamps to turn them on or off, as I used double-sided tape to tape the remote switch in a convenient location where we can reach it in the dark.

          I'm going to buy a couple of these for two desk lamps that have hard to reach foot-switches. Thanks OP!

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      Most PCs draw quite a lot of standby power, even though you think the PC is "off".

      All so you can keep the keyboard powered, and use a button on the keyboard to turn the PC on.

  • +1 vote

    For those running bedside lamps with incandescent or dimmable bulbs these $15 IKEA cord dimmers are a similar concept but great for 'mood' lighting too ;-)
    No good for electronics though.

    http://www.ikea.com/aa/en/catalog/products/60069077/

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    If anyone from VIC is buying these for their TV / Entertainment systems, Here's a request to Mods,

    Please trace the click through from Victoria and cancel their OZBargain accounts !!!!

    This deal is still on and they come to your house and install it.

    Or just find Embertec

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    Couldn't pass up the four with free post.
    Thanks for the generous discount :)

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    When ON, these supposedly passive devices actually consume a small amount of power because the "remote" switch has a lamp in it and this gets warm. After a year of operation mine has faded completely but is still warm….must be a neon with a resistor.

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    When ON, these supposedly passive devices actually consume a small amount of power because the "remote" switch has a lamp in it and this gets warm. After a year of operation mine has faded completely but is still warm….must be a neon with a resistor.

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      A single LED is more likely. Draw might be 0.5W.
      You can always open it up and bypass the LED if it worried you.

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        It IS a neon and a resistor (130k). The neon has completely silvered over internally and now gives off no light. It is built inside the switch which is a Soken RK1 -01

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          Crack switch, bypass LED/neon/Sirius/(insert favourite light source).

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          Bloody RK1 appears to be solid-state! Can't see a way to open it without cutting the black switch housing, so won't bother.

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          prise it out of the housing (by squeezing the tabs at the top and bottom and put a small bladed screwdriver down near the pivot point on each side and the rocker will pop out

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          I got halfway on Friday night (black switch out of white housing). Then I tried pushing as you said, the pivot lugs. Worried it would break as the green plastic seems brittle.

          Madam likes the illumination so will leave it for now, but thanks for the tips.

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    Just tried this deal and it says the coupon is not valid.

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      Just contacted the rep, within an hour they had fixed the problem and I have made the purchase. Good work to them.

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    My order came to me now here. These things turn off electrickery like it's not even there.
    I'm frightened.