Woods Power Bar/Timer
I have these power bars all over the house--appliances, and particularly for plant lights in the dark months.
We're in a rural area, which experiences frequent power blips--very short interruptions. It's incredibly frustrating to have to re-set all the blessed programming for these things every time that happens.
I've had enough--I'm looking for an alternative!
December 18, 2012
no battery backup
lose all your programs every power blip and blackout.
May 31, 2012
Works but beware of switch!
This power bar does as advertised... there are 8 outlets, four of which can be controlled by an electronic timer, and 4 by the switch only.
One problem: the switch on the power bar controls all 8 outlets (not just the four not controlled by the timer). So when you turn off the switch all 8 outlets are turned off, including those controlled by the timer. This ruined my plan. I was going to use this for my home theatre, plugging the Bell satellite unit (which is so poorly designed it uses 25 W of electricity whether turned on or off) into a timer outlet and other devices into switch outlets, with the intention of turning off the switch when not watching. But doing this prevents the timer for operating the timer outlets.
So I am still using this Woods power bar, but only one timer outlet to control the Bell satellite device, and the DVD recorder in a switch outlet. My other home theatre devices are plugged into another power bar, and I turn off the switch to this other power bar when done using the home theatre.
This will save me about $40 annually in electricity, easily paying for itself in less than a year.
September 12, 2010