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By Edward Chester



  • Recommended by TR
OneClick IntelliPlug


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To test the effectiveness of the IntelliPlug system, I plugged my work computer and two monitors into the standard version and measured the power drawn with the computer on and off. I then plugged the computer and monitors into a standard extension cable and did the same test, once with the monitors left on standby and once with them turned off manually using the buttons on the front. When turning the monitors off manually, they drew tiny amounts of power and the difference between using the IntelliPlug and just a normal extension cable was pretty minimal and certainly not worth the £15 outlay for the plugs themselves. In fact, the computer was using 7W while idling, so it was far and away the most power hungry part. However, if the monitors are left on standby, the difference becomes all too apparent and the IntelliPlug starts to justify itself.

Now, you could argue that turning off your monitors isn't that much of an inconvenience, and you'd be quite right. However there are four counters to that argument. Primarily is the fact that, it genuinely is a bit of a pain to go round turning off all your equipment at the end of the day, especially if you want certain things left on and not others, so you can't just turn the lot off at the wall. Secondly, I only use two 17inch monitors but if you have two 30in displays, or use the plug for something more power hungry, even when the device is 'off', you will see a larger difference. Third, using the plug to power equipment that is otherwise inconvenient to turn off fully - like routers and modems for your computer, or set top boxes and DVD players for your TV - makes a total power down a lot easier. Finally, while there are only two sockets on the IntelliPlug, you can plug standard extension cables into these and power many more devices and, when you combine the very small trickle of power from many devices, the power savings begin to add up.

Ultimately, the IntelliPlugs and IntelliPanels are primarily labour saving devices more than power saving angels. If you can easily reach all the mains switches, to turn your equipment off, then you'll save more power doing that. However, if like me you favour the idea of just pressing the power button on your TV remote and turning off your DVD player, surround sound system, HTPC (and associated external water cooling kit), and gaming systems all at once, you'll find these little plugs indispensable.


The OneClick IntelliPlug is one of those ingeniously simple devices that once used, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. It may not be the most effective way to save power, and is really more of a labour saving device than anything else, but if you have a lot of AV and IT devices around your home, I can't recommend it highly enough.

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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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