Just in time for Durban – new green technology promises big fuel savings, lower emissions

What our world could be like. Green, no climate disruption, non threatening weather, and most importantly, clean air!

People send me stuff. We’ve spent so much time on Climategate that other more important things have fallen by the wayside. We’ve seen a lot of claims on how green technology will reduce emissions and save the Earth. Often these claims are met with scorn and derision because some of them are just junk ideas as they just don’t deliver on the claims. Windpower, for example.

But every once in awhile something comes along that singularly stands out and deserves special attention because it is so unique, so “outside of the box” thinking, that is truly transcends any doubt or ridicule. It is truly the personification of state of the art green technology.

This simple accessory added to any vehicle offers an improvement on automobile fuel economy of 20% or more. Just think, if everyone in America and the EU installed one of these how much faster emission reduction targets could be met.

Here it is:

Yes, the Neo-socket (or more accurately the neo-plug) is the next generation Neo-Con.

Check out these features!

Here’s how it works (from the marketing website):

Product Description

Neo Socket is the latest technology, a breakthrough invention and patented device that could save fuel consumption by 10-30%.

Neo Socket also helps improve car’s engine acceleration and the performance of on board equipment such as stereo, air-condition and lights. It also provides more horse power, longer battery life and higher throttles response. Neo Socket, gives cars cleaner emission and helps reduce carcinogenic emissions that are responsible for Global Climate Changes (GCC). That means less pollution and more clean air. Neo Socket is proven safe, convenient and easy to use. Just plug-in into the 12V cigarette lighter of your car and Neo Socket starts working instantly.

  • Increased Gas Mileage
  • Lower emission
  • Save on gas by 20%
  • Hi-Grade (Blue)
  • Cleaner emission
  • More horse power
  • Longer battery life
  • Too easy to use and start working instantly

How To USE

1. Insert Neosocket into cigarette lighter socket.

2. The light turns ON (May be you need to turn on the engine at this time

3. Start driving


1. Does this work for Gas/Fuel engines only?

It does work for Gas/Fuel as well as diesel engines.

2. How does this works?

Just plug-in into the 12V cigarette lighter of your car and Neo Socket starts working instantly.

3. Does this work for 24V?

No, Neosocket only works for 12V cigarette socket only.

4. Does it have a fuse?

Yes, it does have a fuse.

5. Does Neosocket work if attached to cigarette socket adapters?

Yes, it does work if attached to cigarette socket adapters.



Alternate marketing name: Placebo Plug

You’d think it would be a green light, but it only comes in one color, blue. There are some knockoffs out there that are green, but don’t have the proper energy efficient aerodynamic shape. Don’t buy one of these:

Volkswagen has already embraced the blue light special concept with their Think Blue for a more efficient driving future slogan. Learn all about it here

This isn’t a joke. This is a real product with real claims. I encourage you to encourage all of your green environmentally conscious friends to get one of these, to help Save the Earth. Order here.

h/t to Bernd Felsche

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November 30, 2011 9:57 pm

“Neo Socket is the latest technology, a breakthrough invention and patented device that could save fuel consumption by 0-30%.”
^^^ Fixed.

November 30, 2011 9:59 pm

AMAZING! I’m going to buy one, even though I don’t have a driving licence!

November 30, 2011 10:02 pm

Does it cure acne? Or warts? I know, I know, it will eliminate the need for Viagra!

November 30, 2011 10:04 pm

I’ll stick with the Neo-CRU. Their marketing is second to none.

November 30, 2011 10:05 pm

Oddly enough, that thing looks as obscene as the claims about it.

November 30, 2011 10:06 pm

“Save on gas by 20%”
There’s a claim to get them into trouble (not that they’ll care, I am sure they are well protected behind multiple screens). They should have said “up to …”.
Possibly they should have consulted Phil Jones. I gather he has some good approaches to fudging the data, and his rates are not too high.

November 30, 2011 10:08 pm

It’s a delusional thought generator in portable form. What will UEA think of next?

November 30, 2011 10:10 pm

I get it. Must convert nickel to copper inside the case and that’s where that instant energy comes from.

Eyal Porat
November 30, 2011 10:12 pm

Sorry, this looks too fishy to me.
We have already seen many of these “miracle” appliances before.
Nowhere is it explained how it REALLY work. No tech data, no technological idea…
My experience says “scam”.
REPLY: …and the story tag says “satire”. Of course its a scam! – Anthony

Richard Abbott
November 30, 2011 10:15 pm

The package advertising should scrap “as seen on TV” and replace with “as seen on Watts Up With That?”
Could possibly be nearly as useful as an ashtray on a motorcycle……….

November 30, 2011 10:17 pm

It’s really a wireless digital 100 mph carburetor in disguise isn’t it?
REPLY: yeah with Bluetooth, everything is better with Bluetooth – Anthony

November 30, 2011 10:21 pm

“Yes, it does work if attached to cigarette socket adapters.” Fantastic!
Does it work when attached to a mains power outlet in my home, e.g. to save power on my toaster and coffee machine?

November 30, 2011 10:22 pm

I’ve been unemployed for two months now and haven’t driven my truck at all. I suppose I’m the unsuspecting victim of our administration’s “green policy”, “comprehensive health care”, and “post-normal Keynesian economics” (although nobody even bothers to defend it as “Keynesian” anymore). I’d like to try out this little blue dongle, but I’m past my “tipping point”.
(Maybe there’s more than one way to get us back to circa-1800’s carbon output; if you can’t legislate climate stupidity, there’s always the more insidious (un)economic alternative.)

Andrew Harding
November 30, 2011 10:26 pm

If I buy two, plug one in to the cigarette lighter and the other into the auxiliary socket in my car, will I save 40% of my fuel bills? In fact somewhere I have a splitter allowing me to connect two devices to my 12volt socket. IfI buy two triple splitters as well and connect them all up with 7 of these miracle devices, I can syphon off all the petrol they make and sell it! Where’s my credit card?

Patrick Davis
November 30, 2011 10:26 pm

Like those who have fallen for the AGW hoax hook, line and sinker, I wonder how many people will actually buy this?

November 30, 2011 10:26 pm

It generates a high voltage static discharge in to the live side of the cars electrics, destroying the engine management computer, thus makeing the car un-usable.
So you take the bus, thus the savings on fuel.
The more people buy it the greater the fuel savings.
Simple really…

November 30, 2011 10:27 pm

Yes, but does it make coffee and espresso as well as Rossi’s magic coffee pot reactor does?

November 30, 2011 10:27 pm

I will buy four, the only problem will be safely emptying the fuel tank.

November 30, 2011 10:29 pm

Just think what could be done with private jets.
I have a 12v converter for one of my DVD players????????????????????????????

November 30, 2011 10:35 pm

From the review website http://trust-e-reviews.com/neosocket/
The Neosocket is a new application of an old technology. Basically, it acts like a small battery that helps your car’s electrical system perform better. The small device is fitted with a capacitor that once plugged in to your 12v adapter is instantly connected to the car’s main electrical system. (capacitors are also commonly used to power the electronic flash in cameras)
The capacitor first charges and then discharges the stored electricity (voltage) when there is a heavy energy demand from the alternator. Heavy energy demand (reduced voltage) is caused by using any electrical accessory in your car including lights, windshield wipers, air conditioning, stereo or any combination of them.
Instead of the alternator and battery having to work overtime, Neosocket supplements the required voltage to reduce the load on the electrical system from any accessory that is being used. The reduced electrical demand frees up energy that can be better used to deliver a more constant and steady supply of electricity to the spark plugs and ignition system.
The result is a more efficient and complete combustion of the gasoline which will improve you gas mileage and produce cleaner emissions. You will also get better horse power, acceleration, and a smoother running engine despite daily driving conditions.
The fact is that fuel mileage will fluctuate in any car due to driving habits, lack of maintenance, traffic conditions and many other factors. All these factors will rob the fuel efficiency your car was meant to achieve. The main purpose of Neosocket is to help your engine consistently maintain its designed fuel efficiency despite of all these unpredictable situations.
Just plug into your 12 volt accessory adapter and it starts to work.
Improves your car’s fuel economy and performance when using your A/C or any other onboard accessory.
Over half a million units sold since product release in 2006.
No maintenance required.

November 30, 2011 10:37 pm

No doubt, Al gore and David Suzuki endorses this product.

November 30, 2011 10:38 pm
Baa Humbug
November 30, 2011 10:41 pm

At first I thought it was a butt plug. Wait……

Leon Brozyna
November 30, 2011 10:42 pm

Gosh … it’s a steal at $70. I can get one for each of my friends at Christmas, thereby making Christmas shopping a breeze while saving the planet, all in one fell swoop.

Pete H
November 30, 2011 10:43 pm

“REPLY: …and the story tag says “satire”. Of course its a scam! – Anthony”
Anthony! At least the face slap moment invigorates the blood flow around the face!
No good to me though, it has not got flashy lights that change colour!

November 30, 2011 10:45 pm

just spotted “satire” in the comments – seems a very elaborate satire to have an amazon page, but satire it must be

Gary Pate
November 30, 2011 10:51 pm

P.T.Barnum was right….

Gary Hladik
November 30, 2011 10:57 pm

“…and helps reduce carcinogenic emissions that are responsible for Global Climate Changes.”
Wait, does that mean CO2 is carcinogenic (Yikes!), or does it mean that “climate changes” are due solely to the “carcinogenic emissions” and not to CO2, as we’ve been told?
Dang, I just know I’m gonna be up all night trying to figure this one out!

November 30, 2011 11:03 pm

May I point out, Anthony, that the energy-saving and cost-saving claims for NeoSocket are actually LESS MISLEADING than the claims that are routinely made for grid-connected wind or solar power… … so is it a scam, or just more phony “green” marketing?
Remember, society has squandered a trillion dollars on worthless, destructive wind and solar power schemes. In comparison, NeoSocket must be a bargain!
Makes a Great Gift!
Someone should buy one for David Suzuki – please include detailed installation instructions.

November 30, 2011 11:24 pm

The claims are consistent with, um, anything I can think of.

November 30, 2011 11:36 pm

Hey, we’re saved, that must be the “130 mi/gal. battery” advancement from the Energy Dept. Obama referred to! “For only another $500 million + $69.95 + S&H.! A must buy, because it’s commerce!” And you can charge up another capacitor while you drive by shaking up one of those magneto flashlights to replace all your housing needs, or by braking frequently. Also soon to come to Obamacare’s fitness and wt. loss panacea.

Ian Macmillan
November 30, 2011 11:42 pm

April comes often this year. Must be the weather…

November 30, 2011 11:55 pm

I offer, as a consolation prize for those who had hoped that the headline was true, or for those that are not as amused as I was, a truly functional device that might save you energy.
It is a new creation from the creator of the iPod, Tony Fadell.
I won’t spoil the surprise, check it out here:
And an article on how it came to be, at wired:

November 30, 2011 11:57 pm

Oops, wrong url for the first link, but acceptable.
The company website for the “nest” is here:

December 1, 2011 12:39 am

Wow! Totally coincidentally I heard about this today: http://wot.motortrend.com/mazdas-capacitor-based-i-eloop-regenerative-braking-system-139535.html
From Mazda, it is actually a (presumably properly designed and implemented) system that on the surface looks a lot like what NeoSocket claims to be. Turns the alternator into a brake to slow your car down when you take your foot off the gas. This charges a largish capacitor. That is then used to power the cars electronics.
Overall this means that you save a small amount of fuel that would have been used to keep the alternator turning over to provide the same power.
Cool design that can be easily adapted to most modern cars (non electric or hybrid.) We’ll also note that modern cars have a reasonably large number of electronic devices so anything that helps reduce their load on the engine helps reduce gas consumption.
I do rather doubt that the NeoSocket works very well though. But its likely that the Mazda design will be cost effective (as in pay for itself over the life of the vehicle.) Even if it doesn’t achieve 20% reductions. 🙂

December 1, 2011 12:49 am

Remember everybody, pause for re-reading and reflection before “oist”-ing 😉
@-REP: I thought it was some kinda U.K. terminology.

Dodgy Geezer
December 1, 2011 12:49 am

“…and helps reduce carcinogenic emissions that are responsible for Global Climate Changes.”
The Earth has cancer!!
I KNEW there was something wrong. It probably doesn’t have a Medicare plan. Can it go on the British NHS?

Claude Harvey
December 1, 2011 12:56 am

I assure all you “Doubting Thomas-es” that not only does Neosocket increase fuel economy by 30%, it also cures the heartbreak of erectile dysfunction. Just plug that baby into your personal socket (do not be concerned of the light doesn’t illuminate) and you’ll be saluting the flag in no time!

December 1, 2011 1:18 am

Reminds me of my youth. Charge up a capacitor to a thousand volts or so and leave in lying on the workbench. There is always someone who will come along and pick it up. 🙂

December 1, 2011 1:34 am

It is much cheaper and simpler to just keep the battery connections clean and at the first needed battery replacement 2 to 3 years after new car purchase, Just buy a battery with twice the rated ampere hours of the recommended original. The additional battery capacity is greater than a large capacitor would be.
Same “reported” benefits with the additional life, cold cranking amps, stability and voltage stability for a lot less than $30.00

December 1, 2011 1:56 am

You might all laugh but the late Peter Brock, a well known racing driver in Australia who had a special arrangement with GM to produce factory specials blew his entire career apart by insisting that the road and race cars were to be fitted with an ‘Energy Polariser’ which made similar types of outlandish claims. The idea with this one was to ‘align the molecules’ of the fuel or the car or something – it was never clear, but the principle active agents were crystals and magnets, which should explain enough.
GM had to dump him over the adverse publicity, a move which put a huge dent in his otherwise supremely successful career. To compare, it would be like Fernando Alonso insisting a ‘NeoSocket’ be fitted to every Ferrari F1 and road car, and Ferrari being forced to dump him as a result. While Brock is rightly considered the Australia racing legend to this day, he never really recovered from the setback, and GM Holden formed a relationship with Tom Walkinshaw racing in the form of Holden Special Vehicles, which still exists to this day.
A fascinating story of how even supposedly smart people can get taken in by this type of thing.

December 1, 2011 2:30 am

@Baa Humbug says:
November 30, 2011 at 10:41 pm
At first I thought it was a butt plug. Wait……
REPLY: yeah with Bluetooth, everything is better with Bluetooth – Anthony
Butt plug – the plug and play edition!

December 1, 2011 2:35 am

If this is something like the Fuel Doctor, and I bet it is, please see what the following review had to say:
Post-test, we cracked open the FD-47 to find a simple circuit board for the LED lights. Even if you could “condition” the ECU through the lighter socket, it’s unlikely  the Fuel Doctor is doing so. On the upside, it might help prevent you from smoking in your car.

December 1, 2011 2:47 am

Reducing emissions is something that is necessary and critical in our time, however, the main thing that should be focused on is to find alternative renewable energy with no emissions and, sadly, this will never happen as long as these huge non-renewable energy companies can help it. Keep it up, great post 😉

Mike M
December 1, 2011 3:25 am

“But if you call now, within the next 20 minutes, because you know we can’t do this all day, we’ll give you a second neosocket.”
(It’s plug not a socket. They don’t seem to know their goesintas from their goesontas….)

December 1, 2011 3:43 am

Andrew Harding writes “If I buy two, plug one in to the cigarette lighter and the other into the auxiliary socket in my car, will I save 40% of my fuel bills?”
Oh thankyou, thankyou thankyou!
I bought 10 of these magical devices, plugged em in and voila! I’m siphoning excess fuel from my car in the garage as we speak! I’m expecting to have filled the 44 gallon drum by morning at this rate!

December 1, 2011 3:43 am

Thanks for this, Anthony. The perfect Christmas gift for my unreconstructed AGW believing friends and family.
Just hoping they throw in a set of steak knives for multiple purchases.

December 1, 2011 3:48 am

psssst… I have this brand new Rolex to sell… really cheap..
Please give me your bank details so we can do busyness.

December 1, 2011 3:50 am

Dodgy Geezer says:
Can it go on the British NHS?
or maybe… ObamaCare???

December 1, 2011 3:53 am

This will never see the light of day before the lackeys in high places beholden to Big Oil ban it from sale to the masses, to protect their fat profits. You just wait and see if I’m right.

Mike M
December 1, 2011 4:01 am

thinkinglazy: Given that you believe in CAGW completely explains your faith that stating such nonsense makes any impact at all on a science blog such as this one.
And BTW, regarding:

this will never happen as long as these huge non-renewable energy companies can help it

Explain why Pew is accepting money from Royal Dutch Shell? Does the price of oil go up or down when the market is artificially limited by government and tell us who benefits from that? (hint, record profits = record tax revenue on those profits)

John Marshall
December 1, 2011 4:02 am

Sorry this product is CRAP.
More MPG!
More Power!
You cannot have both at the same time. Extra power needs more fuel.
As an USAF officer once told me about the F4 Phantom jet:- Mach 3, 5 ton bomb load, 4 hour endurance. But not at the same time!
You can’t get owt for nowt, as we say in the UK.

December 1, 2011 4:06 am

Don’t laugh. There’s probably already a “Climate Ethics” bill, with a mandatory Magic Green Climate Ethics Plug for every vehicle, which the carmaker will install for you for only an extra $4000 per vehicle – proceeds to be paid to victims of unethical climate.

December 1, 2011 4:08 am

It’s all very well to laugh about this, but if there is a one in a million chance it works, we should encourage, no, FORCE, car owners to buy one.
It’s the precautionary principle.

December 1, 2011 4:36 am

What the device conceals is the latest development in “cold fusion”.
It quietly generates electricity and then inputs it into the cars system, therefore taking the load off the generator.
When not being used it quietly regenerates its “consumables” from the vehicles power supply and the atmosphere (it helps if the vehicles atmosphere contains trace methane….eat beans)

December 1, 2011 4:40 am

Fortunately I don’t need this device as I converted my car to run off water some time ago.

December 1, 2011 4:55 am

Those of us who were of driving age in the early ’70’s are very familiar with this kind of gadget and others which made all kinds of outlandish claims. Same old, same old.

Alex the skeptic
December 1, 2011 4:56 am

So, if I buy 3 of them and connectthem in parrallel, would I save 90% on the fuel? /sarc off

December 1, 2011 5:12 am

They say you can only buy it online, but I’m sure I saw one of these at the Hustler store.
(What? I was doing green research!)

December 1, 2011 5:26 am

Now all you need is a DVD Rewinder from DVD REWINDER CENTRAL on eBay.
Maybe they can figure out how to use those pentaquarks to fuel the world!!!

December 1, 2011 5:32 am

Reminds me of those magnets in the fuel line to help increase gas mileage. And the cell phone antenna boosters. And the ads which claim they make your computer faster over the internet. Those PC tune-up ads keep getting shut down by the feds, but they reopen under a new name.
A fool and his money are soon parted.

December 1, 2011 5:33 am

Hmmm, right shape/ size, we could explore the possibility of inserting this into Phil Jones auxiliary socket… might stop him talkin out of it for a while ;

December 1, 2011 5:53 am

“The reduced electrical demand frees up energy that can be better used to deliver a more constant and steady supply of electricity to the spark plugs and ignition system.”
So,,, tell me again how this
“works with diesels as well”….

John Innes
December 1, 2011 5:54 am

There is probably no legal restraint on selling it, as long as it doesn’t claim to prevent dehydration. That would be a serious offence.

December 1, 2011 6:00 am

It also helps you stop smoking, or at least lighting up. well worth the money!

Alan Watt
December 1, 2011 6:01 am

Warren says:
November 30, 2011 at 10:35 pm
From the review website http://trust-e-reviews.com/neosocket/
[ … ]
Over half a million units sold since product release in 2006.
Well that explains where Al Gore got his “97% of world’s leading scientists” to endorse the CAGW line.
The only thing missing is the disclaimer “No Alberta oil sands were disturbed in the manufacture of this product”.

I agree; just in time for Durban. If we got a bunch of these and put them on charter planes carrying delegates to/from the conference, they could load the fuel tanks with 50-70% less fuel, significantly reducing the carbon footprint for the conference.

December 1, 2011 6:10 am

“helps reduce carcinogenic emissions that are responsible for Global Climate Changes ”
CO2 is carcinogenic? Who knew?

Alan Watt
December 1, 2011 6:14 am

John Marshall says:
December 1, 2011 at 4:02 am
As an USAF officer once told me about the F4 Phantom jet:- Mach 3, 5 ton bomb load, 4 hour endurance. But not at the same time!
[ … ]
At a talk I once attended, the speaker demonstrated what he called the “all-purpose management presentation graphic”. This consists of just a simple triangle, with the vertices labeled “good”, “quick”, and “cheap”. The punchline is “pick any two”.

Nick Shaw
December 1, 2011 6:19 am

@Mango Chutney–
Is it just me or does the Amazon photo give a more accurate impression of how this product works?
Anthony-You really should write “satire”in really big letters ’cause you know darn well there is somebody in the US government writing a mandate that all cars incorporate this device by 2013!
It’s “green” don’t you know, doesn’t need actual proof that it works and there is an Obama campaign cash bundler heavily invested in it! All the requirements for government “investment”!

ferd berple
December 1, 2011 7:22 am

Perfect. An (old style) Christmas tree light that saves fuel. Now we know what happened to all the old incandescent bulbs.
I’m going to plug not one, but a whole string of these into my car and drive around. In fact I think I have a dozen strings in my basement somewhere. I’ll save so much fuel that my car will actually be producing more gasoline than it uses. In effect I’ll be sucking CO2 out of the air through the cars intake, and replacing it with O2 out the tailpipe. The big problem will be the fire hazard created as my fuel tank fills to overflowing.

ferd berple
December 1, 2011 7:26 am

“Does it work when attached to a mains power outlet in my home, e.g. to save power on my toaster and coffee machine?”
Reminds me of the time I saw the guys from RealClimate pushing a house down the road. They were trying to jump-start the furnace.

Kelvin Vaughan
December 1, 2011 7:51 am


Mike M
December 1, 2011 8:01 am

Fyredawg says: Now all you need is a DVD Rewinder

I don’t need one, my 8-track rewinder seems to work just as well for DVDs. Odd huh?

Retired Engineer
December 1, 2011 8:03 am

Maybe it just jams the on-board computer so the car won’t run at all. Then you could save 100% of the fuel cost. Walking is good for you. (consult with doctor before doing this) Think of the auto insurance savings as well. And how much longer your car could last.

December 1, 2011 8:05 am

I hear it also cures baldness and smelly feet. ;->

Retired Engineer
December 1, 2011 8:11 am

I thought this was just a joke. But you can buy one from Amazon, 49.95 + shipping.
Good grief.

mark wagner
December 1, 2011 8:20 am

DARPA’s been working on this inertia-less drive component for years. It induces coherence in the aetheric vibrations surrounding the vehicle. The resulting Casimir effect moves your vehicle into and out of the 4th dimension in a manner that is normally undetectable, although the ~20% reduction in 3 dimensional mass of the vehicle does result in fuel savings.
ingenious, really.

December 1, 2011 8:46 am

This is how it works:

December 1, 2011 8:49 am

You were ripped off there, Anthony, I found one for $4-99.
/sarc…. !!!!!!

December 1, 2011 8:49 am
December 1, 2011 8:54 am

Better still, to reduce your vehicle fuel bill, is the Google Ad that came up with this thread (in the UK) – an advert for ‘Red Diesel’, no less.
Red Diesel is approx 70% cheaper than normal diesel in the UK. Sound like a good deal then? Well, may be not – if you put it in your car, Mr Plod will nick you……

Kelvin Vaughan
December 1, 2011 10:34 am

Ralph says:
December 1, 2011 at 8:54 am
Better still, to reduce your vehicle fuel bill, is the Google Ad that came up with this thread (in the UK) – an advert for ‘Red Diesel’, no less.
Yes but that won’t save the planet from impending doom!

dave ward
December 1, 2011 11:47 am

John Marshall says:
December 1, 2011 at 4:02 am
“More MPG! More Power!
You cannot have both at the same time. Extra power needs more fuel.

Not if you burn and use the fuel more efficiently. Just compare the fuel economy and performance of any typical car today with a similar one built 20 years ago…

December 1, 2011 11:53 am

Does it vibrate?

The iceman cometh
December 1, 2011 12:13 pm

Some years back I wrote for a local journal:
Almost as pernicious as CO2 is methane, building up even faster in relative terms, a rise which is “clearly” due to humans – you ride cars, don’t you?
Now methane used to be known as “marsh gas,” the stuff which comes bubbling up when you disturb the bottom of a stagnant pool. It is formed not only when you process oil, but also whenever there is anaerobic digestion of organic matter. One anaerobic digestion system is that of man’s symbiont, the cow. Cows rumble, gurgle and give forth methane – 100 million tons per annum, according to a German professor. That is 20% of the annual buildup of the stuff in the atmosphere, and it is the largest single known source.
Far be it from me to suggest that red-blooded males should stick to chicken barbeques, or that millions of Hindus should put down the sacred beasts.
The great mind has pondered, and has the Final Solution (Pat Pending). This is the Bovine After-Burner, a small piece of electrically heated platinum, supported close to, but not touching, the point of emission. A further support keeps the tail of the animal from interfering with the BAB, while shutters activated by a small accelerometer placed in the flight path protect it from damage during solids fallout.
The whole is microprocessor controlled, and guaranteed to reduce methane emissions by at least 80% while operating. In mass production, it is estimated to cost less than $50.00 provided the local platinum industry agrees to make scrap platinum available at a nominal charge, which it should do as a public gesture in view of the success of its other catalytic after-burners.
Those who really care about our environment and its protection are invited to send $50.00 to me as part of my “equip-a-cow” scheme. In return, they will receive a signed photograph of the cow which they have adopted, fitted with a BAB. Don’t delay!
I received (and returned) three $50 checks!

More Soylent Green!
December 1, 2011 12:14 pm

Will it work with an EV, or just drain the battery?

CRS, Dr.P.H.
December 1, 2011 1:35 pm

Sea Monkeys, X-Ray Glasses and now Neosocket!! Just in time for Christmas!
Why don’t I ever think of these things?? Guess I’m just a bit too honest….

Bern Bray
December 1, 2011 2:26 pm

“Hi-Grade (Blue)”
Well, there you go! The science is settled.
Thank goodness the auto manufacturers had the foresight to connect the fuel control system to the cigarette lighter!

December 1, 2011 3:10 pm

I suppose it *could* work if it prevents you from plugging in some power-hungry electrical device that keeps the alternator running continuously. I’m just sayin’….

Dizzy Ringo
December 1, 2011 3:41 pm

For a moment I thought it was April 1st (All fools day in the UK – quaint anglo saxon custom!)

BC Bill
December 1, 2011 4:15 pm

It also cures wrinkles, alleviates the hearbreak of psoriasis, reduces the duration of a cold from 7 days to 1 week, cures halitosis, stops food from sticking to the pan, improves your serve by 20%, suppresses cough and runny nose, is new and improved, improves traction on ice with micropumps, improves tire performance almost as much as filling tires with nitrogen gas, helps reduce weight without exercising, etc. I suspect that more than half of our economy is made up of the trade in useless or fraudulent items. Who needs the FDA when we have natural selection? One of the marvels of perpetual economic growth is, apparently, that it doesn’t have be rational or useful. I am going to buy one of these right away. Long live the snake oil salesman. (PS. I hope it doesn’t contain melamine, but then I am sure that while it is likey made overseas, it is made to highest American standards- no worries). (PPS, I wonder if supermagnets will make it perform even better).

Craig Moore
December 1, 2011 4:30 pm

Keith says:
December 1, 2011 at 11:53 am
Does it vibrate?

You mean like the Everyready enemizer rabbit?

December 1, 2011 5:32 pm

Even has a ‘scratch and dent’ deal $14.99 + s&h at $4.99
The returns of the initials at $50, I presume.

December 1, 2011 5:52 pm

This is the funniest thread I’ve seen here in a long time, and that says a lot. I followed the DVD rewinder link and found this interesting info:
“All ten REWINDERS are very simple to operate. They all have the instructions printed on the back as a handy guide. Below is a generic copy of these instructions. Substitute whichever type of REWINDER you have, or are interested in, for the word DISC.
Remove (DISC) from player.
Open your (DISC) REWINDER.
Place your (DISC) in special DISC socket.
Close your (DISC) REWINDER.
Open your (DISC) REWINDER.
Return (DISC) to your player, or store in original box.
Your (DISC) is rewound and ready to play.”

Genius. But does it vibrate? h/t Keith
Oh, golly, iceman!

December 1, 2011 6:31 pm

Question: I have a double adapter on my cigarette lighter socket. Can I plug in 2 Neo Sockets and get 40% reduction?
Hey, if this is working I will get 6, and have the car makes fuel as I go. I can sell the gas to the suckers who haven’t bought Neo Socekt!

Tom in South Jersey
December 1, 2011 6:33 pm

I have an idea for something similar. Except my device turns a gasoline powered car into a zero emission vehicle. You plug it into your automobile’s electrical system, and it instantly lowers your emissions by shorting out your entire ignition system and causing your engine to stop running. Results are immediate.

December 1, 2011 6:35 pm

According to http://trust-e-reviews.com/neosocket/ it is merely a capacitor. Sucks electricity (energy) from your battery and that store of energy (right, some ‘store’) is then available under demand.
Hmmm… it sucks energy and can then supply the energy but must re-suck more energy to recharge… is not the net energy zero minus leakage? Seems to me.
If your gullible to ever try one of these just don’t leave it plugged in for days on end or the ‘tiny’ leakage will ruin your battery, believe me. Son-in-law gave me a solar battery charger to ‘help me’ keep my battery charged since my driving is rather spotty. Four days of solar ‘charging’ through the lighter socket and I had a totally dead battery that battery never really recovered. Buy new battery. Lesson learned.

Craig Moore
December 1, 2011 7:06 pm

This reminds me of why they invented plumbers putty… to fix that peeking vertical smile above the back of the belt.

December 1, 2011 9:54 pm

So if I put in six cigarette lighters/Neo Sockets, the power company has to buy my excess power right? Wow, if they give volume discounts, I’m buying 50!

Eyal Porat
December 1, 2011 10:54 pm

Eyal Porat says:
November 30, 2011 at 10:12 pm
My experience says “scam”.
REPLY: …and the story tag says “satire”. Of course its a scam! – Anthony
Sorry Anthony, I missed “satire” tag, but I am happy to see my instincts are good.
From now on I promise I will check the tags first. 🙂

Alex the skeptic
December 2, 2011 6:08 am

Now that technology has saved the planet, can the holidaymakers at the Durban climate-fest jamboree go back home please?

December 3, 2011 12:06 am

Does it vibrate?

D Gallagher
December 3, 2011 12:12 am

If we all use one of these AND properly inflate our tires, we’d save more oil than produced on the entire north slope and ANWR.

Jeremy Poynton
December 3, 2011 2:23 am

Neo-Con, surely 🙂

December 3, 2011 2:32 am

they say they use a capacitor to “maintain the optimum battery voltage” which results in stronger sparks from the plugs. However, all that’s going to do is prevent misfiring. Also there are much bigger capacitors than the one in that in your radio.

Brian H
December 8, 2011 12:21 am

Uh, Mango, the satire is Anthony’s, not Neosocket’s. They’re mendacious, not humorous.

December 25, 2011 11:22 am

Any improvement that contributes to the preservation of nature is good and should be encouraged.

Brian H
December 25, 2011 4:05 pm

As long as it’s not exploitive BS. Which rules out 96.4% of them.

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