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Here’s an automatic power switch with a twist: Toolmonger has covered a number of such products before, and they all work by turning accessories (monitor and speakers, dust collection vacuum, etc) on and off when the device plugged into the main outlet (computer, saw) is turned on or off. The WattStopper uses a passive infrared (PIR) motion sensor to tell when you’re in the area, and turns things off when you’ve been gone for a while. It’s a different approach that seems well suited to soldering irons and other tools that’re easily forgotten about but might be dangerous if left unattended.

Here’s the great part: The model pictured is discontinued, and WeirdStuff has ’em for ten bucks, which is somewhere between a third and a tenth of normal retail. (Shipping starts around $9.) I’m getting one to plug my soldering station into, though I might press it into service as a trick-or-treater detector first.

WattStopper Legrand makes all sort of PIR-based occupancy sensors and lighting control products, and their site is thick with technical info. If building automation interests you, it’s worth stopping in for a read.

WattStopper Legrand [Corporate Site]
Street Pricing [Google Products]
Other WattStopper Products [Google Products]
WattStopper Isole IDP-1000 [WeirdStuff]


4 Responses to Dealmonger: WattStopper Smart Power Strip For $19

  1. This would be great for my dust filter in my shop. Right now I have it wired into my lights so that it turns off when I shut them off, but it would be nice for it to run for a while after I leave.

  2. Kurt says:

    I just put in an order for a couple. I plan on hooking it up to the fan and space heater (depending on season) for when I’m in the shop. That and a light.

  3. Cristiaan says:

    Deal-Monger is involved in shilling tactics on EBAY. They have auctions on espresso makers, start them at 99 cents, or one penny, then have people place bids, for example first bid $300, next bid $400 higher, absolutely unheard of. So when you read “internet pricing error” it means EBAY and PAYPAL had to return the money to the winning bidder because DealMonger engaged in shilling tactics. The winning bidder did nothing wrong, and never gets told why they don’t get the espresso maker, all of this has happened in the last two weeks.

  4. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    “Dealmonger” is just a title for a type of post, like “Find:” or “Hot or Not:”, it means we found a cool tool at a good price, and felt like writing about it. Dealmonger is not an organization. Please get your story straight before you embarrass yourself (again).

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