Managing Phantom Loads
“Smart Plugs” have recently become affordable that are designed to shut off vampire plug loads.
As mentioned elsewhere, the digital cable box is an especially heinous phantom load of $60/yr.
Well, I tried an iGo Green smart plug for my home TV & electronics center, and it doesn’t work.
It’s supposed to measure the standby power, and then shut everything off whenever it senses only the standby power load. Apparently, the iGo is either too lazy or too dumb, because it just leaves everything on all the time. I think it just wasn’t expecting such a high phantom load (60W total) and doesn’t believe it.
Has anyone found a smart plug that actually works with these digital cable boxes?