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Wonder gadget provides 18% fuel mileage increase simply by plugging metal and plastic into your cigarette lighter. Skeptical? Join the club.

On February 24th, 2010 at 12:14 pm
by Mike

I really try my hardest not to let preconceived notions and conclusions from clouding my ability to reason and judge a gadget fairly. But this wonder gadget, aka “The Current Regulating Efficiency Booster“. Generally speaking, when a gadget that promises so much, costs so little, and has a name or catch phrase a mile long, your red flags should start waving loud and hard. To some, $80 may seem like a fair chunk of change for a “novelty” gadget. But this is an auto gadget, which, are often priced fairy high to begin with.

The real thing running through your heads right about now however is probably “How does it work”. Let’s let the manufacturer, Hammacher Schlemmer, handle that one…

“The device simply plugs into a vehicle’s DC outlet and stabilizes the electrical current flowing to the electrical control unit (ECU)–the computer that controls the engine’s fuel injection and ignition systems–to improve gas mileage. The device mitigates electrical interference from the stereo, lights, air conditioning, and more that can negatively affect the ECU’s ability to optimize fuel injection and fuel efficiency.”

So, simply plugging in some bundled metal and plastic and then jamming it into a cigarette lighter will give me up to 18% fuel efficiency gains? Ya, not so much. Also weighing in on the side of common sense is the fact that this device was only tested on one, count it one, car. Further adding fuel to this speculation driven fire is that only cars older than 2 years and with 12V systems can even benefit from the CREB (I took the liberty of shortening that mouthful for you).

Let’s recap: $80 for some plastic and small traces of metal that when plugged into your cigarette lighter magically transform wasted electrons into extra gas mileage…? I’m not saying avoid this at all costs. Just hold off on purchasing this until someone actually tests if across a large test bed of vehicles. How’s 2040 sound to you?

BTW, any auto-engineers or just electrical engineers in general want to weigh in on the validity of such claims?


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