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Tricklestar's Trickleswitch Combats PC Vampire Power

PC TrickleSwitch

The Tricklestar PC Standby Power Saver, released in January, promises to reduce household energy use by 12% by automatically cutting off electricity to PC peripherals when your computer is off. Today Tricklestar announced an add-on device to the Power Saver—just in case a 12% slash in energy use isn't enough.

The TrickleSwitch adds an extra element of control to the Standby Power Saver by letting you manually switch on and off PC  peripherals while the device is in use. Tricklestar's TrickleSwitch connects to a standard USB connector and can be plugged into the Standby Power Saver with a second USB connector. While it's meant for use with the Standby Power Saver, the TrickleSwitch can also be used with other smart power strips like the Wattstopper Plug Load Control and the Smart Strip Power Strip. The device comes complete with an adhesive sticker to mount to your desktop and a LED light that displays power status.

Tricklestar hasn't yet released pricing information, but the company claims that the TrickleSwitch will be available after June 1.

If smart power strips aren't your thing, check out P3's Kill-a-Watt, a $20 device that lets you monitor consumption of any electronic device by the kilowatt-hour.

[Via Goodcleantech]

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  • OmarionC Cer

    This one is the gift given by Edward to Renesmee. Seregon O'Dassey isn't someone you want your kids looking up to. Seregon O'Dassey is a model, who claims to be a vampire. (She actually drinks blood.) Granted, there's abundant vampire fiction these days; Twilight, the Vampire Diaries, etc. A vampire is a mythical creature that drinks blood, and since the myth exists in many cultures (across continents), which would mean (to rational people; an endangered species) that it's a myth akin to the bogeyman. However, that stops no one – and it's doubtful that O'Dassey knows hide or hair about infectious disease or hematology. In reality, she's a bored goofball who the mysteries and grandeur of the natural world wasn't good enough for (it was good enough for Newton and Einstein, but they were rational and geniuses – she isn't, and neither is Anne Rice, who is a hack if you go by her writing) and needs a cash advance to find a hobby.