Belkin's Conserve Surge Protector Kills Standby Power Drain Dead

Lifestyle Conserve Surge.JPGIt's been a long time coming, but to coincide with Earth Hour this week, Belkin is finally launching their Conserve Surge protector in Australia. The power board not only protects your precious gadgets from power surges, but features six out of eight sockets that can be switched off completely - killing even the standby power drain - using a supplied remote. The two remaining points are for products that need juice 24 hours a day, like your alarm clock or your DVR.

The remote works over three channels and has a range of up to 20 metres. One remote can also control up to eight different boards, throughout your home, meaning you can just flick a switch at night and all your power sucking appliances will go to sleep until you wake up in the morning. Alternatively, you can have three remotes around the house controlling different zones.

The downside (and there's always a downside, isn't there) is the cost. Each unit costs $250, which isn't cheap. But it does offer a $250,000 guarantee for all your equipment, and compared to other surge protectors from the like of Monster, it's fairly reasonable considering the energy saving capabilities. And if you've got some high-end AV gear, that kind of safety net could pay for itself.

We'll have a hands on a bit later in the week...



    The best surge protector just got better. Just recently my AV receiver, connected to a Belkin Pure AV surge protector, stopped working. One two minute phone call and I had a brand new power board and within a couple of weeks they paid for a new AV receiver. I would buy nothing else but Belkin now.

    It looks pretty neat...

    But the price is a killer just for a power board :

    Anyone else see the irony in a device that is meant to save power actually having a remote control and thus consuming power in standby itself? Cool product though.

    Is it just normal IR remote? Would a learning remote such as the Onkyo receiver one be able to learn the codes? if so then ill take one! Otherwise i'll just stick with flicking the switch on my $20 power board (plugged into a surge protector of course)

    Well I have got mine and it works great. The remote feels a bit cheap but this is not really a big deal when the product has a lifetime warranty. You don't even need to keep your receipt.

    Also the connected equipment guarantee is unlimited not $250,000.

    I have seen some retailers selling these at two for the price of one so if you hunt around the price is not so bad.

    Matt: It is a radio based remote and not IR. I assume they did this so you do not have to worry about line of sight.

    Also you may want to consider the fact that having a power board plugged into a surge protector will not properly protect your equipment and any guarantees on your surge protector are only valid on items directly connnected to the surge board.

    In other words if you have a surge and your equipment dies, they will give you a new power board because that is what was directly plugged in.

    mine broke after just about a week. the switched 6 sockets would no longer supply power to any devices plugged in. the always-on sockets however still work. manual and remote switches still work. just no power to the 6 sockets.

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