It’s called, quite simply, an
"Electricity-Saving Box". You simply plug it into the power outlet. . . and
whenever you use any electrical/electronic device on that circuit you start
saving energy (and therefore money).
But wait, there’s more: it would protect all the mains powered
devices you used. And if that weren’t enough, it would even extend those
device’s lives. Wow!
We’d seen (and, we must admit, dismissed!) such claims before –
but our reader wanted to know if somehow the supplier had rewritten the basic
laws of physics. Could the claims possibly be true?
"Reduce the amount of electricity used by your appliances",
"Begins to save you money the second you plug it in" Wow
"Save between 10% and 30% of the energy used depending on
"Uses no power itself"
Fig.1: there's not much inside
the Electricity-Saving Box -
mainly a capacitor, a varistor
and a power supply to light up a couple of LEDs. The claimed "intelligent and digital" circuitry (what else could that be but a microcontroller?) was obviously out to lunch on the day we opened up this can of worms!
"Prolong the life of your appliances" Really?
Hmm! Our experience is that if something sounds too good to be
true, then it invariably is.
Therefore, we were dubious. Skeptical. Downright derisive, if
you like. But hey, the price was only $25.00 including freight from China (where
else, these days, on eBay?). So we hit the "Buy it Now" button and waited with
bated breath for the magic device to arrive – which, in due course, it did.
Even before we plugged it in, we attacked it with our trusty
company screwdriver to see what was inside. (Oh dear. Have we voided the
The truth is, there’s not a great deal inside ! Our photos and
the circuit we’ve drawn (Fig.1) show what you get for your money.