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#168500 - 09/06/07 04:48 PM how true is this? Anothetr rip off?  
Niko  Offline
Joined: Aug 2006
Posts: 356
Campbell, CA

I am very skepticle, how about you?

Do you think the claim is valid?


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#168502 - 09/06/07 05:51 PM Re: how true is this? Anothetr rip off? [Re: Niko]  
steve ancient apprentice  Offline
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 169
west springfield,mass
Show me a months use with this thing. Demand is demand dont see how you can control demand

#168514 - 09/06/07 10:52 PM Re: how true is this? Anothetr rip off? [Re: steve ancient apprentice]  
Paulusgnome  Offline
Joined: Jun 2004
Posts: 56
Christchurch, New Zealand
Another snake-oil merchant. There seem to be quite a few these days. "Just watch my magic meter and see how much money it can save you". This one seems to work by filtering out the startup surges that occur when appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioning compressors and other motor-driven things turn on. As if this would save the consumer anything at all. A waste of money.

Mark aka Paulus

#168516 - 09/07/07 08:33 AM Re: how true is this? Anothetr rip off? [Re: Paulusgnome]  
Zapped  Offline
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 482
Huntington Beach, CA, USA
Whenever there is a surge in concern about a certain everyday cost, such as gasoline or electrical power, products like this pop up to cater to that concern. Do a web search for "gasoline saver" and you'll find similar fringe products.

Capitalism baby!

If all the brain power that goes into coming up with these combined products was put into real solutions, we'd have one really cool product out there that would save us all a ton of money!

If the product maker really thinks it works, they should give away a couple hundred of them and let the word get around. Now there is a marketing strategy!

#168553 - 09/08/07 01:00 PM Re: how true is this? Anothetr rip off? [Re: Zapped]  
Dave T  Offline
Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 155
Waukesha, WI, USA
The only thing that this can address is power factor and demand as would have been alluded to by the reference to spikes.
Is power factor a real issue with a home? I have never seen any studies or concerns as to it being an issue.
Current spikes? I would imagine that there are quite a few. But what percentage of the overall power used do spikes represent? I would conclude that it would be insignificant at best.
And demand certainly isn't an issue with residential power like it would be in an industrial complete where you are kicked up a notch if your power demand exceeds a given level.
So one must conclude that this is a more modern version of a snake oil salesman.

#168554 - 09/08/07 03:29 PM Re: how true is this? Anothetr rip off? [Re: Dave T]  
electure  Offline

Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 4,262
Fullerton, CA USA
There's also a demonstration video that goes along with this sales video.
(There's also a version in Tagalog)

"Just like in your home"
I wonder just how many people have an 8 Amp "brush motor" in their home.

PT Barnum would have loved this capacitor drenched in snake oil. - "There's a sucker born every minute"
Besides the salesman says he's in California, so I wouldn't believe a word he says laugh

#168564 - 09/09/07 01:26 PM Re: how true is this? Anothetr rip off? [Re: electure]  
SteveFehr  Offline
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,213
Chesapeake, VA
Here's a quote of what I tried to post to the youtube message board for the x-power site.

This is nothing but a power correction capacitor- it may reduce peak current as measured on a clamp ammeter, but is going to do NOTHING to reduce overall power consumption as measured on a typical residential home kWh meter.

Marketing this towards industrial users who have more complex meters and are charged per power factor is one thing, but marketing this for home use on the claims that it will reduce electric bills is completely fraudulent.

SURPRISE, he moderates comments. Guess my comment there isn't going to show up, nor are anyone else's.

#168566 - 09/09/07 04:14 PM Re: how true is this? Anothetr rip off? [Re: electure]  
Paulusgnome  Offline
Joined: Jun 2004
Posts: 56
Christchurch, New Zealand
I have just had an email from an irritated seller of the X-Power snake-oil machine after I tried to post a comment on his video on youtube.

I Quote : "Hi,
I am not sure you understand how you determine kWh.
Here is the Formula: KWH = Amps X volts / 1,000 X estimated hours.

Amps is a definite part of the kWh equation.

Do your reseach please before making such claims in apublic forum. And please look at the electric bills at

Notice that the kWh is reduced on the bills.

Bill Wynne
646-290-9339 (more) (less)".

I have responded with a correction to his formula.

I urge other forum members, particularly US-based members, to get onto youtube and comment in these videos :

With any sort of effort, these scam artists will shut up shop and stop preying on the ignorance of innocent people.

Last edited by Paulusgnome; 09/09/07 04:21 PM. Reason: Spelling correction

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#168569 - 09/09/07 04:38 PM Re: how true is this? Anothetr rip off? [Re: electure]  
SteveFehr  Offline
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,213
Chesapeake, VA
I expect I'll soon get a reply like Paul did.

#168570 - 09/09/07 05:02 PM Re: how true is this? Anothetr rip off? [Re: SteveFehr]  
SteveFehr  Offline
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,213
Chesapeake, VA
I just recieved a reply to my youtube message:
Originally Posted by billwynne
You are terribly mistaken and I suggest you look at

One other person felt that the Xpower would not alter kWh based on the "assumption" that amps had nothing to do with kWh.

The guy did not know what he was talking about.

I tell you what. I will sell you an Xpower at my cost and then you can return it if it does nothing for you.

We did over a million dollars in sales last month and this company is growing.

I appreciate skeptisism but this product works.

It does more than PF correction.

Bill Wynne

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