"Great gadgets solve a problem and make our lives more convenient - EcoStrip is a perfect example of a great gadget. When it comes to powering down your computer and its peripherals, EcoStrip makes saving energy and saving money easier than ever. Why didn't I think of that?"
The Innovator Insider and
author of Gadget Nation
"The EcoStrip is one of my favorite new devices that has been hitting the store shelves. It is uniquely designed, cost effective and extremely easy to use. The flexibility of the technology allows me to control the power of nearly every device connected to my PC - including my printer, cell charger and external dock with speakers. By using the USB port on my laptop, I can now effectively power down components and not have to think twice. Definitely a must have in every office be it at home or a business."
Greenwala: The Green Social Network
"EcoStrip is a quality made product that brings ease to the 'unplug' rule. It's dependable, effective and effortless. We are proud to be associated with EcoStrip, Inc."
"The EcoStrip is the kind of product we love to sell on Greenhome.com. It's a sleek, modern, creative way for anyone to reduce their carbon footprint. It's easy to use, it's affordable and it really works."
Lawrence Axil Comras
President & CEO
"EcoStrip is the superhero of power strips... Helping the planet, saving you money, and eliminating "vampire power." How's that for a "plug"?!
Co-Creator & CEO
"What's amazing about the EcoStrip is it's a radical improvement of something we all use everyday and took for granted - until now. At GBB we love win-win-win, businesses win, customers win, and the environment wins." Great work team - so what's next?!
Co-Founder & CEO
Green Business Bureau
"An incredible device that you can install and just forget about it, very simple to use and will save you hundreds of dollars over its lifetime! Imagine if every company in the United States alone would get an EcoStrip 2.0 for each desk, we'd be saving millions in energy and our environment would be much cleaner as well."
"EcoStrip has created a revolutionary product that I am recommending to all of my green real estate investor clients. This ingenious product saves money and energy while delivering optimal performance. I would recommend it highly to anyone who is interested in reducing their carbon footprint and saving money."
"I rather like this USB controlled 110V power strip. It is well made. It has 5 three-pronged outlets that go on-off with your USB ports and 1 that doesn't. In addition there is a lighted master on-off switch that will shut off all outlets. There is an attached ~6' USB cable you plug into your computer and a 6' power cord you plug into a standard wall outlet. When your computer is on you get 5 hot 110 volt plug outlets. When your computer shuts off, the outlets shut off. Or you can shut them all off manually with the built-in (lighted) master on-off switch.My computer is in a cabinet, so I use this power strip to have a small fan run whenever my computer is on. Keeps things cool automatically.USB ports stay 'hot' when the computer is in sleep mode. To automatically shut-down USB ports (and my small fan), I must therefore have my computer hibernate or shut off. [Yes, I already set my Windows7 power options (and the device manager) to full power-save USB ports, but they remain hot in sleep mode]. This is not the fault of the EcoStrip." Amazon Cutomer Review
"A Truly Automatic Power Vampire Slayer USB Ecostrip 2.0!
We all know that we should turn off peripherals when we are not using the computer. We hear how much energy could be saved by even a small reduction in consumption due to waste. It isn't always an easy thing to remember when so many things demand our attention. Here is an intelligent power strip that knows when a computer hibernates, such a simple idea it is amazing no one has come up with it before. I certainly wish that I had thought of it. The Ecostrip 2.0 is a quality six outlet power strip with a six foot power cord that plugs into a 120 volt wall outlet and a 15 amp circuit breaker that limits the load to a maximum power of 1875 watts. All six outlets on the strip are controlled by the lighted-when-on switch that is also used to reset the circuit breaker by turning it off then back on after disconnecting the overloading device. So far this is like many familiar power strips.
What sets the Ecostrip 2.0 apart is that there is also a six foot USB cable hard wired to the power strip that plugs into a USB port on a computer, monitor or other powered USB hub. When the power is off at the USB port, five of the six outlets on the power strip are switched off as well as the USB indicator LED light on the Ecostrip 2.0. There is no set-up and no software drivers to load. My computer (a laptop running Vista Home Premium) does not even notice the USB being plugged in. It works as soon as connected just as advertised. Unplug the USB or turn off the computer and the USB indicator light and five outlets go off. Turn the computer on and the indicator light and five outlets come on. What about outlet number six? the one closest to the switch. It stays on unless the circuit breaker/power switch turns it off so that you have one live outlet for the computer to plug into.
Picture this, instead of having the power strip with a jumble of cables where you can reach it - in the way, or crawling under your desk to switch off, or worse yet not bothering, just turn off your computer and all your energy leaching standby peripherals go off too. My laptop running the default power options leaves the USB ports on when it automatically switches to "standby" and turns them off when it goes to "hibernate" or I turn it off. The time delay and even more precise settings can be controlled through the power options menu. It shuts down without any thought or action on my part and comes on if I touch the keyboard, completely automating energy conservation in the office. Printer, monitor, scanner, DSL gateway, it even turns off the desk light whether I remember or not.
The enclosed instructions mention that if a computer has an instant power function called "Wake On USB" it must be disabled for the Ecostrip 2.0 to work correctly. It is possible to make an alternative connection to a computer PS/2 port by using an adapter (not provided). There is a caution that the Ecostrip is not a lightning arrestor and does not provide protection from lightning strikes. The Ecostrip is intended for dry, indoor locations only. There is a one year limited warranty on labor and material defects. A website, [...], provides warranty information, customer service and technical support.
Sometimes one is not enough. By means of a USB cable extension (not included) I have connected another Ecostrip 2.0 to a second circuit across the room. It is safe and easy to hide the low voltage USB cable allowing me to control my entertainment system components power as well. As many circuits as you like can be controlled via a USB hub and an Ecostrip 2.0 for each circuit. At 1875 watts even a small space heater should operate. Other ways of turning a USB port on and off will open many other applications for this energy conserving power strip. For now I expect the Ecostrip that powers my computer peripherals to pay for itself in just a few months. From then on it is money ahead." Amazon Customer Review
Amazon Customer Review
"In the past I used power strips to shut down external drives and additional printers (P-touch and Dymo) when I didn't need them, namely if the computer is off. It seemed like a waste of energy to me to have them constantly powered via the power bricks. There are power strips that worked off a master, but they always got mixed reviews and needed some fine tuning.
Along comes this power strip that works off a USB signal. Computer on, power strip on. Computer off, power strip off. Well that seemed to be the perfect solution. Power to the bricks only when the computer is on. I did some reading on it and it seemed like there were no adjustment issues with it. It just worked off the USB signal. So I took a chance and ordered a couple of them, One for a laptop workstation and another for my desktop.
Well, I couldn't be happier with their performance. They work exactly as advertised. For the laptop, the external drive, USB hubs and power cord to the laptop are connected to this power strip. Since the laptop has a battery I don't need it to be powered when it's off. It will recharge when it's on, every little bit helps.
The only issue I had was when I used it on the desktop. I put it before the UPS the first time figuring to save on charging that battery constantly. Of course it started beeping signaling a power failure. So now the power strip is connected to the UPS which has constant power and the external drives, speakers, extra printers and hubs run off the strip.
The only improvement I can think of would be if there was a strip that had two USB lines. The laptop and desktop share the same main printer and internet routers. They have to remain live since both machines are not always on at the same time. It would be nice if either one could power the printer and routers up independent of the other. Maybe a USB splitter may do the job here, I don't know.
This product does what it is suppose to do. With all the additional peripherals used by PCs now days I'm sure this will provide an energy savings to some degree. Probably pay for itself in time. Sure doesn't hurt." Amazon Cutomer Review
Amazon Customer Review
"Easy to install, you will save on your electric bill. One push of your power button on your computer and everthing comes on at once." SmartHome Customer Review
SmartHome Customer Review
"I was greatly surprised and impressed that you took my mostly tongue-in-cheek suggestion as seriously as you did. I was glad to share the results of my trouble shooting with you and am extremely grateful for the gift of another EcoStrip which just arrived via UPS. As I indicated that I would, I've called my brother to offer it to him and he, too, is grateful. It is often said that word-of-mouth advertising is the best. You're going to get a lot of advertising from me. I was already impressed with the EcoStrip; now I'm impressed with the company and its leadership. So too, is my brother. Please accept my most sincere appreciation for your thoughtful and generous consideration."
"Saves energy and money; Virtually no setup required"
"Great product; great company!!! I ordered the EcoStrip without really knowing much more about it than what was provided in the three reviews that existed at the time (not much to go on). When I received the EcoStrip and installed it, I ran into a problem with the outlets remaining powered; so, I contacted EcoStrip via the internet and asked for their advice. While awaiting a reply, I continued to investigate and troubleshoot the issue.
EcoStrip responded via e-mail in a very timely manner and, without having the ability to check the product or my installation, immediately offered to replace the EcoStrip without any questions. Almost at the same time, I determined that the USB ports on my PC were remaining powered when the PC was shut down. My ASUS Sabertooth X58 MOBO allows for the charging of USB-rechargeable devices when the PC is turned off; therefore, the USB ports remained powered and the EcoStrip was "fooled" into acting as if the PC was running.
That's when I learned a lot more about the European standard for "energy using products" (EuP). The MOBO supports the EuP standard and, when enabled in the bios, turns off the power to the USB ports when the PC is shut down. If EuP is not enabled, the ports remain powered. A simple change to the bios was all that was needed to gain the full benefit of the EcoStrip.
I shared the results of my troubleshooting with EcoStrip. They were sincerely, and tangibly appreciative of the information. I am confident they will now use it to assist others who may run into a similar challenge. So, not only is the product an excellent implementation of a great idea, the company management has proven to be both supportive and considerate. My hat's off to them for both.
A note for other shoppers -- it appears that many of the newer MOBOs are designed with EuP in mind and its implementation in computer bios is something to be aware of. If you can charge devices when the PC is shut down, check your bios and you should be fine (the minor tradeoff being that you might have to give up the always-on hot-port charging in favor of a really great energy saving tool); if you can't charge in such a manner, then there should be no problem and no tradeoff.
I strongly recommend this product to anyone wanting to save energy by stopping the draw of "vampire" loads. I'm using mine for the monitor, DSL modem, router, speakers, and a separate pre-amplifier I use in converting old vinyl LPs into digital music."
Amazon Customer Review
"Great product! Works exactly as advertised, now I don't have idle devices draining power all day. Installation was a breeze."
Amazon Customer Review