With rising electric bills across the world, many are looking for ways to reduce the amount. A new device, the PowerVolt Energy Saver, has come on the market. Is it a legitimate product or a gimmick?
Inspired by the work of Nicola Tesla, a startup company in Germany developed a product to reduce the amount of electricity used by appliances within your home.
Their working theory is that energy companies use more energy than what is needed. As a result, we are paying higher bills than we need to. Additionally, our appliances are being worn down prematurely due to the excess energy going into them.
How Does It Work?
According to the company website, PowerVolt is most useful when placed in an outlet next to your breaker box. The components inside will register when excess energy is being pushed out and stop it by plugging in the small device.
What Does It Cost?
The PowerVolt company sells the devices in different packages. If you purchase the monitor in higher quantities, you get a more significant discount.
- 1 Unit - $39.98
- 2 Units - $59.97
- 3 Units - $79.96
- 5 Units - $149.93
- 10 Units - $279.86
- 15 Units - $389.81
- 20 Units - $479.96
The company states that you should have one device per every 500 square feet. Therefore, with larger homes and buildings, it would be beneficial to purchase in larger quantities.
PowerVolt Energy Saver comes with a limited one-year warranty.
How Is The Customer Service?
On the PowerVolt website, there is a contact form to use if you need to get in touch with the company. They also provide an email address and social media pages but no phone number.
The company states that they do have a 30 day return policy. To initiate a return you need to first contact a customer service representative. If the return is accepted they’ll send you a return shipping label as well as instructions on how and where to send your package back. If you do not request a return first they will not process your refund.
We were only able to locate one customer service review, and it was negative. However, they later responded that they had a resolution with the business and no other experienced problems.
Online Customer Reviews/Complaints
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) gives the company an A+ rating. However, it is worthy to note that PowerVolt's accreditation with the BBB was not final until recently, in February 2021. Therefore, it is a new development.
It is challenging to find independent reviews on the PowerVolt Energy Saver product. Most of the news articles you read through web searches are press releases written by the company and distributed to news outlets. The fact that these reviews are from the company itself makes it difficult to get an unbiased opinion.
However, you can find some genuine feedback on the product from Quora. The information that you get from there is not favorable. Instead, the reviews state that the product does not work as advertised and label it as a scam. Additionally, the answers say that this product is comparable to other devices that have popped up in the past, claiming to do the same thing. Those devices didn't perform as its claims stated either.
Competitors and Alternatives
There have been many other gadgets on the market in recent years. All of these products have come with claims of performing in a way similar to PowerVolt. Some of them include Miracle Watt, Kill A Watt, and EcoWatt 365.
PowerVolt vs. Miracle Watt: This gadget is nearly identical to PowerVolt in the way that it works. The only notable difference is that it also serves as a filter to keep dangerous electromagnetic fields from humans. Miracle Watt costs more than double what PowerVolt does.
Vs. Kill A Watt - Although both PowerVolt and Kill A Watt are similar in design, Kill A Watt has more favorable reviews than PowerVolt, including one from Consumer Reports. This particular gadget also measures the amount of electricity going to each device. Kill A Watt is available for $39 on Amazon.
Vs. EcoWatt 365 - EcoWatt 365 has no extra features like Kill A Watt and is simplistic in design like PowerVolt. The EcoWatt 365 is also much cheaper, retailing for less than $10 at Walmart.
Where To Buy?
You can purchase the PowerVolt through their website. It is not available for sale on any other sites.
Is It Worth It?
It is hard to get a fair view of a product when you can't find many independent reviews, either from individuals or third parties. As it pertains to the PowerVolt Energy Saver device, most online articles label themselves as product reviews. However, the authors are the PowerVolt company, and the company is passing them out as press releases. They are not independent experience reviews.
Additionally, the website for the gadget does not link to any scientific studies. The site does state that it has a scientific background and speaks to studies that prove its efficacy but doesn't give us relevant information to back up the claims.
A startup supposedly develops and produces the PowerVolt Energy Saver in Germany. A group of three men runs it. However, they do not divulge the names of the men that are so heavily involved with the product. The only insight into the group is a photo display of the three men on the product website.
Having more information on the company's founders and their experience in the field would make this product appear more legitimate. You want to know the intellect and education that goes behind a product of this importance before purchasing.
Considering the lack of positive reviews, the inability to secure independent evaluations, and the blocking of crucial background information regarding both the developers and the device, we do not feel that the PowerVolt Energy Saver is worth it.
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