By Andrew Liszewski
If you want to reduce how much energy you use, but find you’re just too lazy to flip the switch on a power strip, the Isolé IDP-3050 will take care of that for you. The strip features 8 outlets, but 6 of them are actually controlled by a personal sensor. The sensor uses passive infrared technology to detect if someone’s around, and if no one’s found, it cuts power to those 6 outlets. It seems ideal for someone working at a PC, except that you’ll want to make sure you plug your workstation into one of the 2 non-controlled outlets. Unless you like the idea of it suddenly losing power whenever you get up to use the washroom.
The Isolé IDP-3050 has a user-adjustable time delay of 30 seconds to 30 minutes and is able to detect occupancy in an area up to 300 square feet. The power strip also features surge and noise suppression with a resettable circuit breaker, and it will not operate unless it’s plugged into a grounded, three prong outlet.
You can get it from Watt Stopper for $90. (Cue spit take.)