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OneClick IntelliPlug review




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It's not often I watch so called reality TV and even less often will I find myself admitting to actually liking it, but every now and again one of these programmes just hits the spot in a way that somehow makes for compulsive viewing. The Hotel Inspector is one such programme that I often find myself being drawn into and I even gave The Restaurant a regular sideways glance. However, the undisputed champion of the current crop of reality TV programs is Dragons' Den. It's combination of snide and disparaging put downs, hilariously bad presentations, and equally appalling inventions juxtaposed by the occasional genius idea - you've got to try Reggae Reggae sauce - makes it not just great entertainment but an occasionally interesting and informative programme.

All well and good, you may be thinking, but what does this have to do with plug sockets? Well, one of the poor saps to risk personal humiliation and commercial downfall by appearing on said show was showing off an apparently exclusive new invention that he'd been working on in his garden shed. This invention was a type of multi socket extension that, when the device attached to the 'master socket' was turned off, would automatically switch off the rest of its sockets. It was a truly brilliant invention and I was instantly sold and so were the Dragons.

Unfortunately it turned out the inventor didn't actually have the worldwide patent he claimed, primarily because someone had already beaten him to it, and the whole deal fell through. Fortunately for the energy saving conscious amongst us, though, a quick bit of rummaging around the Internet revealed that one company, namely OneClick, is already making these wondrous devices in the form of the Intelliplug and Intellipanel, adapters and extensions. So a few emails, and a visit from our friendly local delivery man, later we have a couple of Intelliplugs in our offices ready to sink our reviewing claws into.

To recap then, what these things do is turn off attached devices when the master device is also turned off. The perfect example, and primary target, of which is a computer with all its peripherals like monitors, external hard drives, printers, networking devices, and speakers that need to be turned off when you've finished with the computer. You plug the Intelliplug into a normal mains socket then the computer into the master socket and all the peripherals into the peripheral sockets. Then, when you turn your computer off, the Intelliplug detects the drop in current draw and after a short delay (approx 5 seconds) turns all the other devices off - saving you the trouble of having to turn them all off by hand. Then, when you turn the computer on again, it will turn all you peripherals back on as well.

Mark Greenhalgh

August 13, 2008, 3:36 pm

This worked okay for 18 months, then peripherals (including monitor) started being switched off while I was still working on the PC. A few days later, it wouldn't switch on any peripherals with the PC at all. Oneclickpower didn't want to know as it was out of warranty.

1yr warranty is inadequate for a product like this, which should last decades. A waste - considering how much it cost it didn't save anything like enough electricity to justify itself. When you add in the cost of resources used in manufacture - it's definitely not a green option.

George Clarke

August 27, 2008, 9:02 pm

Here is my letter today, 27 August 2008, to One Click Technologies:

"Dear Emily,

Thank you but no thank you, I had been considering going on to purchase the version for he household circuits but, with this case of 㾿.94 total price for 17 months as an example, it is far more economical to stick with turning everything off which is not in use.

Nice effort, but come back to me when you have a 10 year warranty or a far cheaper price.

George Clarke"

This period would seem to be the average life of these gadgets and my letter, I think,, says it all.


December 1, 2008, 10:10 pm

E-ON call the OneClick Intelliplug 'Powerdown'. I have written to E-ON in these terms ...

Your appliance 'Power-down' should be more accurately called 'POWER-UP',

and potential purchasers and users should be so warned.

I have now tried two examples. Yes, it does what it says on the box it

does - it switches off all peripherals if the CPU is switched OFF.

What it also does is to switch my CPU and all the peripherals back ON

within seconds if the CPU manually or automatically is switched to Sleep

mode. It then stops the whole system going to Sleep, wasting even more


I use an Apple Mac G4 with a range of peripherals.

OneClick now tell me:

· Some Apple Mac products use a lower amount of power which may not be detected by our other products.

· The Apple Mac needs to be shut down rather than left in sleep or hibernation mode.

· An internal conflict may cause some USB peripheral equipment to wake up the computer.

I suggest that a new product needs to be developed which will switch off

peripherals when the CPU is in Sleep mode. That will save electricity.

J Morgan

January 15, 2009, 6:29 pm

bought 2 from E-on,but seem to have a built in lifetime, the first lasting 16 months,the 2nd lasted 13 months.They may do all thats promised on the box but hardly a good investment


January 25, 2010, 6:56 pm


I bought 10 of them for work. I currently have 5 in my draw which have broken. I have tried numerous times to contact the manufacturer but they have never got back to me.

Terrible product and terrible customer service.

Good idea thoguh, badly exectued

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