Belkin's been on the power saving bandwagon for some time now. They continue the trend by announcing a handful of power plugs designed with brains. The outlets and power strips know when to shut down in order to put the kibosh on vampire power.
Here's the scoop...
Conserve Smart AV, $30: Your TV goes in the green socket, while your A/V gizmos plug into the rest of the sockets. The green plug knows when your TV is on or off and will cut off power, when appropriate, to the peripherals plugged into the other sockets. There are two Always-On outlets for modems, routers, or computers that either need to be on or need to be powered down manually. 1080 joules of surge protection keep your gadgets safe from power spikes or surges.
Conserve Valet, $40: Similar to the BlueLounge Refresh, this charging station lets you plug in all your handhelds (well, up to four) in one place to be juiced. The difference: Belkin's Valet automatically stops charging when it detects that your mobiles are fully charged. It also doesn't take in power when nothing's docked.
$100 $10: For those appliances you want to power down after a certain amount of time (think toaster ovens, space heaters, and electric toothbrushes) this socket add-on lets you choose how long you want whatever is plugged into it accessing the grid. Once you make your selection -- either 30 minutes, 3 hours, or 6 hours -- your curling iron or power drill charger will automatically shut down when the timer has been reached.
The entire new line of Conserve products will ship in mid-July.