I am attempting to use the Energy Saving feature of this surge protector: http://www.homedepot.com/p/CE-TECH-4-ft-8-Outlet-Energy-Saving-Surge-Protector-HDC804GWH/205893722
Using my laptop as the Master, my issue is that while the laptop is on, the controlled devices switch on and off sporadically. They remain off as expected while the laptop is off.
The sporadic switching can be triggered by user interaction with the laptop (opening an application, etc.), or can occur for no apparent reason. Presumably, the laptop is communicating a variable level of electricity to the surge protector, causing it to malfunction.
My goal is to use the Master to cut power from my devices which otherwise emit charging lights, etc., to maintain a darker room at night, but the Master doesn't have to be the laptop. What commonly owned device(s) would better communicate a steady, optimal electricity level to the surge protector?