Tier 2 AV Advanced PowerStrips

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What is a Tier 2 AV Advanced PowerStrip+?


The Tier 2 Audio Visual (AV) Advanced PowerStrip+ (AV APS+) is a second-generation smart surge protector that reduces both active and standby power wasted by home entertainment center electronics. In addition to keeping AV electronics safe from damages caused by power surges, the AV APS+ saves energy in two ways:

  • Reduces active power consumed by the television when left on and not in use
  • Reduces standby power consumed by AV peripheral electronics

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How it Works


Intended solely for AV home entertainment system environments, the Tier 2 AV Advanced PowerStrip+ features an external multi-sensor that monitors activity and user engagement over a period of time.

If no TV remote control activity or motion is detected by the multi-sensor, the AV Advanced PowerStrip+ will automatically switch off the televisiob and simultenously remove power suppllied to AV peripheral electroncis, thereby maximizing potential energy savings.

The Multi-sensor Difference


Many electronics in home entertainment centers, such as smart televisions, set-top boxes, streaming players, universal remotes, and gaming consoles, no longer use infrared (IR) remote controls, but rather use radio-frequency (RF), Bluetooth™, and Wi-Fi®-enabled remotes or a smartphone app to control electronics. TrickleStar's innovative Multi-sensor detects both IR remote control activity and motion to accurately monitor activity in the AV home entertainment.

As compared to traditional IR-only sensor, our multi-sensing technology is proven to significantly reduce unwanted active shutdown events and ensures compatibility with all AV electronics equipment, leading to increased customer satisfaction, usability and prolonged energy savings.

PG&E's Emerging Technologies Program Report on Energy Savings of Tier 2 AV APS


Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company's Emerging Technologies Program report on the energy savings of residential Tier 2 AV Advanced PowerStrips for home theater setups explores the energy savings, market potential, customer acceptance, and operational benefits of two types of Tier 2 AV APS technologies, namely TrickleStar's AV APS+ with multi-sensing technology compared to that of another manufacturer's Tier 2 AV APS with only IR remote control sensing technology.

The report shows that the multi-sensing technology found in the TrickleStar AV APS+ reduces the number of unwanted shutdown events by more than three times as compared to the IR-only sensing technology. In addition to having higher persistence rates, TrickleStar's product outranks the competition on all measurements of customer satisfaction, such as the overall product satisfaction, likely to recommend, and likely to purchase another Tier 2 AV APS product.

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