Smarter iKettle 2.0
MarketWatch performed a standby power compliance test on the Smarter iKettle 2.0, following intelligence from the project’s check testing program. Focus was placed on two aspects; the non-networked standby, and whether it was possible to deactivate the product’s wireless network.
Findings were as follows (click for larger image):
Smart replied to the project’s letter detailing the test results. A difference in interpretation of the regulation was highlighted between the project’s testing and that of the manufacturer, who did provide MarketWatch with details of their own testing from an independent, accredited laboratory. Smarter define the iKettle 2.0 as a “networked product” and thus identified the networked standby limit (6W from January 2015, 2W from September 2017) as the correct one to be adhered to. However, MarketWatch’s interpretation was that the product was in an ‘off-mode’ condition; the figure of 0.87W was measured in a condition where the product was not performing a function and the same consumption was measured both with and without a data connection established.
In addition, the network standby amendment to 1275/2008 does specify that the wireless network must be able to be deactivated, unless this is essential for the product’s operation. Network deactivation was not possible for the iKettle 2.0 and MarketWatch and Smarter had differing positions on whether this aspect of the regulation applied to the product.
In the end a common position was not reached, and as Smarter were able to provide justification for their position, the test result cannot be deemed non-compliant. However, this product provides an interesting case study in the increased power consumption of networked products, and potential loopholes in the standby regulation as a result.
test date: February 2016
test lab: SLG