I bought one package just before Christmas, and I love these things. The mobile app isn’t very sophisticated (it is actually quite basic and crude), but does everything I’d want and isn’t hard to use:
- Arbitrary number and combination of programming (on / off times)
- Sunrise ± time, sunset ± time programming
- Countdown timer (X hours, Y minutes from now)
- Random schedule
- No central router or management device required
- Super inexpensive (I got mine 2 in the box for $15)
- Manual on/off at both the device and through the app.
- No problem setting them up – except with the time zone configuration during registration prior to WiFi connection. That’s a bug in the app software, but if you ignore it they get the right time zone after they get on your wifi.
I’ve had them for over a month, and no problems so far. The main trouble has been finding more; I can’t find them online anywhere, or at any of the local Home Depots. One store told me they may have been holiday specials. I want at least two more, but I’d happily buy another couple of boxes if I could find them, even if they cost twice as much – they’d still be less than half the cost of any of the alternatives.
Honestly, with access to these, I can’t see how any of the much more expensive options manage to make any sales. If you can find them, buy them up. I can’t say whether they work with any other controller software.
Here are some shots of the Android app:
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