The surge protector can cause a fire
For most network filters, the total power limit is 3500 watts. You can find information about power, as, for example, on this filter, near the on / off button. This maximum power must never be exceeded by connecting several appliances at the same time.
Most consumers have no idea how much electricity a particular device consumes. So, for example, an automatic coffee machine consumes 1500 watts, and an electric kettle even 2200 watts. And if you connect both of these devices to the filter at the same time, it will already be overloaded. The washer and dryer use even more electricity: the washing machine is 2500 volts and the dryer is 3000 watts, so they need to be plugged into separate built-in wall outlets.
If you connect network filters one to another, then the load on them increases even more, therefore, such use of networkers is prohibited for safety reasons. Not the last role for the quality of the filter is played by the material from which it is made.
Experts do not recommend using filters that are too old, if only because they become too brittle over time. Don’t buy surge protectors that are too cheap or “nameless” and be sure to check for quality assurance information.
Electricity prices are steadily rising. However, any household can save electricity. For example, energy costs can be significantly reduced thanks to intelligent RC surge protectors. You will not only cut off the oxygen to the “wasters of electricity”, but also raise the standard of living. We will show you how to control your home through a radio filter and a cell phone.
Smart power supply
The classic radio-controlled surge protectors have been around for years, but the modern version with Bluetooth or WLAN is even more convenient, as it allows you to control the intermediate filters simply with a smartphone that you always keep at hand, as opposed to a remote control. Some radio-controlled filters can be controlled even when away from home.
We will introduce you to wireless technology and show you how to remotely control even inexpensive filters and sockets via your mobile phone. In the table you will also find an overview of all the most popular products.
|WLAN||Belkin WeMo Switch||for iOS and Android, can be controlled while away from home||from 3600 rub.|
|WLAN||TP-LINK HS100(EU) V2 WLAN||for iOS, Android and Amazon Echo, can be controlled while away from home||from 2100 rub.|
|Bluetooth||Xavax radio controlled surge protector, Bluetooth||easy to use, for iOS and Android||from 2500 rub.|
|starter kit||Brennenstuhl Gateway GWY 433||Multiple device management||from 5600 rub.|
WLAN network filters: always and everywhere easily accessible
Wireless filters with WLAN control capabilities have a great advantage over other similar devices, as they can be controlled even when you are away from home. This is useful, for example, if you remember that you forgot to turn off the lights or the TV.
With a Wi-Fi connection, even more advanced controls are possible, such as the IFTTT web service, which is basically an automation tool. For example, you can specify that the plug should automatically connect as soon as your phone enters the home network, and then disconnect again when you leave the house.
If you don’t want to make your own rules, you will find many so-called recipes (templates) on the IFTTT page that you can easily apply. Among other things, you will find many templates for Belkin WeMo Switch.
Bluetooth Surge Protector: A Cheaper Alternative
Wi-Fi filters are really very convenient, but they usually cost more than 3000 rubles. If you are just looking for a radio controlled filter that you can easily use with your smartphone, surge protectors xavax with Bluetooth would be a good alternative.
Although the radio range is not as high, and you have to do without remote access, however, such filters are cheaper than networkers with a WLAN connection.
Classical radio-controlled socket with addition for mobile phones
The most inexpensive version is the classic RC filter, which typically uses 433 MHz and can usually only be controlled with a remote control. Prices per piece are tempting from 400 to 700 rubles. Thanks to the connectors that serve as an interface between the mobile phone and the radio-controlled filter, you can conveniently control these devices also with the smartphone app.
Compared to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth filters, purchasing classic RC networkers is especially useful if you want to control a large number of devices. The corresponding starter kits are available from e.g. Brennenstuhl Brematic Home, and also includes two compatible plugs. The price starts from about 5600 rubles. An additional radio plug is available for 1400 rubles for three pieces per pack.
Note: Pay attention to the specified maximum power for mains filters. Typically, filters are rated at 1000–1500 watts, and most often this is enough. But if you want to connect multiple devices to it, such as a computer, TV, AV receiver, game console, and others, you must use a filter that can withstand 3000W or more.
You should also be careful with kitchen appliances such as blenders, coffee makers, and microwave ovens, which sometimes require a lot of power.
Advice: You can save energy not only with smart surge protectors. A huge waste of electricity is, among other things, old incandescent lamps. If you are still using them, they should be replaced as soon as possible — preferably with LEDs. What types of LED lamps are there and how well they can work, you can find out from our reviews.
And if you want to equip your home with new equipment, the corresponding energy label gives an indication of the savings potential. However, this should not mislead you.
A photo: manufacturing companies, CHIP.de