Energy Saving Power Strip vs Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by sebf, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. sebf macrumors member

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    I am currently looking to replace my current power strip with one of these new energy saving power strips, which will automatically switch off all my other devices (e.g. external drives, hi-fi's etc) and their energy wasting transformers.

    While this looks fine for a Desktop PC or Mac as it can detect the power usage change when it switches on and off, I am not too sure if it would detect the power change with a Mac Mini as it uses a transformer.

    Does anyone know if this would work with a Mac Mini?
     
  2. PCMacUser macrumors 68000

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    That's quite a technical question. I think you'd be better off trying to contact them directly for an answer.

    The device looks like a really good idea though.
     
  3. PCMacUser macrumors 68000

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    Actually, I just found the product you need:

    Laptop Intellipanel - USBIMP205

    -USB Auto-Calibration – The IntelliPanel™ continuously identifies when the Laptop is being used and will only switch your peripherals on/off when appropriate. At the right time, every time.

    -PC and MAC compatible.

    I reckon this would do the trick - the Mac Mini is just a laptop computer without a screen after all...
     
  4. JNB macrumors 604

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    You'd be better off shutting down.

    The one you linked to in particular has a bit of a smell to it, lots of claims, little technical proof. Maybe not in the same vein as stainless steel pellets to drop into your gas tank, but not far from it, either. I'd hold off on a gadget like this until there's been some independent testing & public review.
     
  5. sebf thread starter macrumors member

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    Although the only problem I can see with the laptop version is it would be checking to see if theres any USB activity, if not it will shut the power supply off, which means you wouldn't be able to turn the Mac Mini on again (as its not powered by battery like a laptop).
     
  6. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    I don't know about the device in question, but all computers have a transformer. the mini's just happens to be external. If you've ever opened a computer it has a power supply which is just a transformer, Pretty much everything inside runs at 5 or 12 volts.
     
  7. PCMacUser macrumors 68000

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    No I don't think it works like that. In fact they say on their website that you have to run a laptop on it without its battery for it to work.
     
  8. sebf thread starter macrumors member

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    Ah ok, I did send them an email yesterday to which I got the reply:
    So I think the USB model is the right one to go for, as from what I understand it still keeps the master plug alive while all the remaining 7 plugs are switched off.
     

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