e-Energy socket to save electricity? Don't be fooled!

e-Energy socket to save electricity

Today I received an email in which the e-Energy socket was advertised to save electricity. My SpamSieve mail plugin, which watches over my inbox, classified the mail as spam, which is pretty much the right thing to do.

Since I get emails from readers every now and then with such "miracle devices" and being asked whether there is something to it, I would like (as with the Xtra PC) briefly comment on it.

If you don't want to read for a long time, I would like to advise against this device. It is nonsense. If you want a little more entertainment and a better energy-saving alternative, just read on.

This is what the spam email I received about e-Energy looks like. No imprint, no unsubscribe link and nothing else that a reputable company would put in a newsletter.
This is what the spam email I received about e-Energy looks like. No imprint, no unsubscribe link and nothing else that a reputable company would put in a newsletter.

What does the e-Energy socket actually do?

To be honest, I think that it simply passes electricity and does nothing else, but the manufacturer or seller who offers e-Energy, of course, advertises with other statements:

  • small and large devices work better and have a longer lifespan
  • No electricity is wasted
  • Devices work optimally
  • The numbers on the electricity bill will be reduced
  • Everyone is much happier

The biggest statement that can be found on the website, however, is that you save significant electricity and thus save so much electricity costs for a family of three within 2,5 months that the e-Energy socket costs 39 euros , has already paid off.

And how does the saving of electricity costs work with e-Energy?

That's a question that interested me in particular, because it's always exciting to see how the charlatans try to explain their nonsense scientifically.

With the e-Energy socket you can read this:

Energy saving through self-generated electricity

Aha ... and where does the self-generated electricity come from? Of course there is no answer to that. Presumably there is a small mini fusion power plant built into the socket, which supplies the connected device.

No of course not. But there are more details about the story on the website:

How E-Energy works

When calculating the electrical power consumed by an electrical device or a household appliance, the total power of the electrical current that has a specific task in the circuit is taken into account. The term “total output” is understood to mean the total output consumed by the device, which takes into account both the active and the reactive components.

Ok, now we're smarter, right ?! Sorry, but I have to suppress a fit of laughter every now and then, because the lyrics sound like someone has them in one AI text generator like Article Forge generated. You talk a lot, but don't say anything. It's an art too.

Active electrical energy ... is clear, right ?! Ask your utility company or electrician about risks and side effects.
Active electrical energy ... is clear, right ?! Ask your utility company or electrician about risks and side effects.

Active electrical energy - that's it!

After standing on the hose for a long time and not clearing how e-Energy manages to save so much energy, I found it further down on the website. The magic word is "active electrical energy" or "reactive electrical energy"!

E-Energy, similar to incandescent lamps, stores the reactive electrical energy received and transfers the active electrical energy to the device, which is located in the same circuit with the energy saver.

Strangely enough, if you search Google for "active electrical energy" you will not find a Wikipedia entry that explains what "active electrical energy" is. Why? I suspect strongly because it is a word creation from the marketing elementary school.

But there are experts who have had good experiences with it!

Uh ... yes ... you can actually find testimonials from customers - even from "specialists" - who say how great the e-Energy energy saving socket is. But if you look for the photo of the expert in the Google image search, you quickly discover that this gentleman apparently has an opinion on many questionable products.

This gentleman is said to be an enthusiastic customer who uses e-Energy successfully.
This gentleman - named Simone Gerini - is said to be an enthusiastic customer who uses e-Energy IT successfully.

Here is my result, which I found during a quick image search in Google for the image file on the website:

The same person also promotes the great effects of diet products and nutritional supplements. You know immediately that these statements are lies to fool gullible people.
The same person also promotes the great effects of diet products and nutritional supplements. You know immediately that these statements are lies to fool gullible people.

My conclusion on the e-Energy socket - and a sensible alternative

Of course, my take on e-Energy is that it's bullshit. How is an adapter plug supposed to generate energy and thus power an iron? As far as I remember, is a Perpetuum mobile not yet invented and the e-Energy plug would even have to go beyond that and even generate energy.

I would simply classify the device as a fraud. The fact that there is no imprint and no contact option and the name e-Energy was stolen from a funding program of the German Federal Ministry clearly shows that there is no serious company at the start.

But if you really want to save energy and thus electricity costs, you can do it like me: I put a timer in front of devices that spend most of the time on standby. With it I can switch on my printer and my document scanner and after 30 minutes (the time can be set) the adapter plug switches off the power and thus saves the power that would otherwise be consumed in standby mode.

Here is a socket timer that I have in operation:

3,00 EUR
ANSMANN countdown timer socket AES1, countdown in 6 stages (15min-8h), energy-saving socket,...
  • ENERGY SAVING: The socket with timer is time-controlled and disconnects after a preset time ...
  • MORE SECURITY: Prevents, for example, forgetting the iron, straightening iron and heater, or overloading ...
  • NO STANDBY: The programmable socket does not consume any power after the timer has expired. Standby consumption from 0...

With this you can scientifically save electricity and you don't have to rely on focus-pocus devices like the e-Energy adapter.

Have you already received advertisements for questionable devices? Please forward them to me and I'll see what's on.

Did you like the article and did the instructions on the blog help you? Then I would be happy if you the blog via a Steady Membership or at Patreon would support.

The page contains affiliate links / images: Amazon.de

19 Responses to “e-Energy socket to save electricity? Don't be fooled!"

  1. There is a video on youtube where someone is dismantling the part. There is only the circuit for the green LED and at least a capacitor, but both ends are soldered to the same conductor track.

    1. Thanks for the hint. But then I am reassured that there is nothing useful in it. 😂 Plugging a capacitor with both connections on the same conductor track is also a good trick to use broken capacitors after all to build pointless technology. Quasi recycling!

      1. in other words, how much electricity do i have to save if i want to save 3,6 euros in 75 days with one consumer (maximum 39 kw)? .. this approach alone shows how ridiculous the whole thing is ..
        LG Jörg

  2. Ursula Eisman

    Thank you for your enlightenment.
    I'm pretty gullible but I also have a guardian angel
    who stops me from doing such stupid things.
    I couldn't log in to PayPal
    and so it didn't work

  3. True to the motto: "Every day a fool gets up!"
    What amazes me is that companies like that CONSCIOUSLY LIE about their scrap
    not get in trouble with the courts.

    There are also plugs for the car cigarette lighter.
    If this plug is plugged into the socket, a green LED comes to life, which is said to save 50% fuel. That means in English: If you use 2 plugs at the same time, you save 100% on fuel. But bet? – For that kind of shit… there are buyers.

    I stumbled upon the block by accident and read it with great pleasure and had a lot of fun. Keep it up, SirApfelot.

    1. Yes, and if you take three of the plugs, the tank will probably fill up. I'm also always excited to see what fun business ideas come up. If it weren't so sad that people throw away their hard-earned money to do this, it would be laughable. And thanks for the compliment too!

  4. Oliver Endrikat

    I would be interested to know if this page is also fake:
    [link removed by editor]

    Here, too, we are talking about a reactive component, and this is explained as the difference between the active load and the reactive load, in the case of capacitive or inductive consumer resistances.

  5. I had just written a detailed comment on this post. After sending, the message "Please enter a valid email address" came up. The whole comment is gone 😡. That's a test of whether it's worth repeating...

    1. Hi Micah! Sorry. It is best to copy everything to the clipboard before sending. It's a shame about the text. Sometimes the anti-spam plugin is a bit overzealous. :-(

      1. OK it seems to be working...
        First of all, thank you for the amount. I wouldn't have bought the device anyway because I already suspected something like that, but I was interested in what's behind it, so I googled it and came across this informative article.

        But now something else that I think is important about one of the time switches you recommend. I don't think the CSL Timer is recommendable and even dangerous. On the one hand, a he (in contrast to the ANSMANN device) has its own standby consumption (you can also tell from the fact that it gets slightly warm at the back) on the other hand - and I think that's dangerous - it can switch itself on automatically when other devices , such as vacuum cleaners or fluorescent tubes, are switched on nearby. I've experienced that myself and it's also in some recessions on Amazon. If you have an iron or a coffee machine connected to it, it can be dangerous. The ANSMANN device, on the other hand, is ok, it switches off completely and is reactivated by the mechanical button.

  6. Dear Jens, It is very commendable when people make an effort to expose fraud and make it public.
    So don't be fooled, the device is nonsense, the private electricity meter only counts the active current anyway. So, even if there were a large capacitor in there and reactive current compensation was used, this is irrelevant for private consumers.

    1. Dear Ulf! No idea what "power factor correction" is, but it sounds a lot like a flux capacitor. 😂 But it certainly doesn't gain energy out of nowhere either.

  7. In the NDR program Markt, the condenser was even revealed to be a sand-filled box.
    Oh yes, electricity actually has inductive and capacitive components, but that should only be of interest to large consumers.

  8. Hello, Jens
    I just found this "great deal" in my junk mailbox: right there. As ancient El-Ing. HTL, of course, I could only laugh at the bottomless nonsense. Interim remark: Reactive power is the apparently consumed power when the curves for the alternating current are "phase-shifted" to the flowing current in devices with magnetic coils (electrical motors, etc.) due to self-induction. Then the calculation power = voltage x current is no longer correct. The reactive power can actually be compensated with capacitors, etc., but these must then be devices that are precisely matched to the device being operated. (Formulated from memory, more details for sure on the wiki).
    The question for me is whether this guy shouldn't be reported for attempted fraud.
    So you were absolutely correct in formulating your objections. Many Thanks. Keep it up.
    Best regards

    1. Hello Johannes! Thank you for your confirmation. Glad I was right about that. But unfortunately it is difficult to report them, since they are of course not based in Germany. It would be great if there was a global scammers task force to step on their toes.

Post a comment

Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked with * marked

In the Sir Apfelot Blog you will find advice, instructions and reviews on Apple products such as the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, iMac, Mac Pro, Mac Mini and Mac Studio.