The PC TrickleSaver and TrickleSwitch come packaged in retail boxes with product images and specifications printed on the exterior. The PC TrickleSaver US version is rated for 120VAC +/- 10% 50Hz with maximum 10A draw. It meets RoHs, WEEE and RTTE electrical and safety ratings, and comes with a one year warranty from date of purchase. Instructions in multiple languages are included with diagrams to depict common methods of installation. The Tricklesaver is designed to go inline between your electrical outlet and standard power strip. Any device you wish to turn off automatically should be plugged in downstream of the TrickleSaver, however the computer itself MUST be plugged into direct wall power in order to function.
The unit itself comes with a relatively short 0.3m power in and 0.2m power out cord, for a total overall length of 0.7m, or a little over two feet. Since it is designed to go between your existing power strip and wall outlet, the length is probably irrelevant. The USB cord on the other hand, must be able to reach to your PC, and TrickleStar gives you 1.5m of cable. The TrickleSwitch adds another 1.5m of length to remote-mount the manual on/off switch if you prefer to retain manual control of this function. An adhesive-backed pad comes pre-installed to allow fixed placement of the simple button switch, and a small green LED indicates when power is being supplied to the unit.
Let's take a look at installation and usage, as well as some final thoughts.