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Anybody into smart power plugs? #5280597 11/29/19 05:38 PM
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I am looking for a power plug that will stay on for 5 minutes and off for 30 minutes all day long. I am unable to find any such timer for a reasonable price (lowest I found was $30 a pop) Today, noticed Wemo smart plugs in Costco $10 each but I have never used these. Any idea if such rule can be established in the app that it will turn on just for 5 minutes and off for 30 minutes and the cycle repeats.

Re: Anybody into smart power plugs? [Re: MoneyJohn] #5280601 11/29/19 05:41 PM
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I have the teckin plugs from Amazon. Don't know if they can do what you want. You may have to spend some coin to get exactly what you want.


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Re: Anybody into smart power plugs? [Re: MoneyJohn] #5280618 11/29/19 06:11 PM
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If the plug supports IFTTT (or integration with something that does) you might be able to cook up a IFTTT receipe similar to this:
https://www.reddit.com/r/ifttt/comments/7autxj/recipe_create_a_delayed_trigger_timer_in_ifttt/

It's not the same but could be used as an example. Try researching on an IFTTT board as well.


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Re: Anybody into smart power plugs? [Re: MoneyJohn] #5280681 11/29/19 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by MoneyJohn
Any idea if such rule can be established in the app that it will turn on just for 5 minutes and off for 30 minutes and the cycle repeats.


What are you doing that requires an on/off cycle like that?

Re: Anybody into smart power plugs? [Re: MoneyJohn] #5280736 11/29/19 08:45 PM
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I'm thinking that wouldnt be good for a motor if its a fan etc

kasa app for tplink lets you set a schedule

if you could do 10min per hour it would be alot faster to input the schedule.

or you can create routines in the alexa app. it would take about 48 of them 24 ons and 24 offs.


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Re: Anybody into smart power plugs? [Re: MoneyJohn] #5280754 11/29/19 09:32 PM
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basic problem of home automation.
you need an IT person on payroll or a lot of diy time


These products are all new every year?? They are a revolution!!! Razor blades, mens shirts, TVs, wiper blades, gutter guards, hearing aids... according to the ads. But also all new last year
Re: Anybody into smart power plugs? [Re: ZeeOSix] #5280863 11/30/19 05:40 AM
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Originally Posted by ZeeOSix
Originally Posted by MoneyJohn
Any idea if such rule can be established in the app that it will turn on just for 5 minutes and off for 30 minutes and the cycle repeats.


What are you doing that requires an on/off cycle like that?

I run a Vornado fan and a dehumidifier to keep the temp and humidity in check.

I have electric heating with ill-insulated walls so the utility bill in winters is ~$400 for a 750 sq ft apt with 60F indoor temps. Not allowed to do any modifications in the apartment so sucking it up until our son graduates from high school (School district is the only reason for renting this apt, no plans of any change on that).
At the moment, I use basic Harbor Freight timer set to run 15 minutes per hour and that alone dropped the bill by $60/month last year. Thought if I run 5 minutes every half an hour, it may be a better option to circulate the air so considering giving it a shot.

Originally Posted by Rand
I'm thinking that wouldnt be good for a motor if its a fan etc

I don't understand the engineering of fan motors. I will be glad if you can elaborate.

Re: Anybody into smart power plugs? [Re: MoneyJohn] #5280867 11/30/19 05:56 AM
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Might look into a different heater. That size of apartment can be heated by a smaller electric heater I like the micathermic heaters. Lower energy consumption than a built in electric heating system. Most have an eco mode for lower power consumption. Something similar to the link below

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Optimus-...FDOcaDT2GOQmwNIQ1M7H3KMWRf0aAtibEALw_wcB


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Re: Anybody into smart power plugs? [Re: edwardh1] #5280874 11/30/19 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by edwardh1
basic problem of home automation.
you need an IT person on payroll or a lot of diy time


Yes! Our house came with a Lutron system. The PO had all sorts of BS “events” that would turn lights on throughout the house at various times between a 24 hr period.

I finally figured out that it’s 2 hours faster than actual time and adjusted the outside lights to have them turn on at 5:15 rather 9:30 as the PO previously set them to. I had given up on it it’s so frustrating.

I just learned that Lutron isn’t going to be app compatible Spring 2020 either. Not sure why Menards still sells the stuff, but I need to look into getting the computer wire that goes into the actual unit and make adjustments.


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Re: Anybody into smart power plugs? [Re: MoneyJohn] #5280918 11/30/19 07:44 AM
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If you're handy you could buy something like this and hook it up to an appropriately large relay, safely within an electrical box, of course.

I've considered doing something similar to this, to run the circ pump for my baseboard heat a minute every hour so the pipes won't freeze when I run the woodstove.

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01G6O28NA
Says it has "infinite cycle", differing on and off lengths, which looks like what you're looking for.

1-pack of this timer is $13.99 and there's a $2 coupon, so $11.99.

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Originally Posted by spk2000
Might look into a different heater. That size of apartment can be heated by a smaller electric heater I like the micathermic heaters. Lower energy consumption than a built in electric heating system. Most have an eco mode for lower power consumption. Something similar to the link below

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Optimus-...FDOcaDT2GOQmwNIQ1M7H3KMWRf0aAtibEALw_wcB

Thank you.
I didn't know of such heaters. We have one oil filled heater in the bedroom and thats enough for us. I will have to look into it to see if I can turn off heating completely and only run this.

Originally Posted by eljefino
If you're handy you could buy something like this and hook it up to an appropriately large relay, safely within an electrical box, of course.

Thanks. I am not handy enough for such tasks.

Originally Posted by spackard
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01G6O28NA
Says it has "infinite cycle", differing on and off lengths, which looks like what you're looking for.

1-pack of this timer is $13.99 and there's a $2 coupon, so $11.99.

Thats the first one I checked but the negative reviews scared me. Don't want to take a chance.

Re: Anybody into smart power plugs? [Re: MoneyJohn] #5281303 11/30/19 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by MoneyJohn
I run a Vornado fan and a dehumidifier to keep the temp and humidity in check.

Don't you mean a Humidifier ?

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Re: Anybody into smart power plugs? [Re: MoneyJohn] #5281488 11/30/19 08:56 PM
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I run "SmartLife" app from the Google play store (it's free) and it does timers. I now have my aquarium light set up on a plug and timer using the app. Works like a charm.. recognizes the plugs right out the box and sets a password that matches the wireless password IIRC.

I've connected/synced up all my smart plugs to my Echo/Alexa so I can turn them on/off by voice from anywhere in the house.

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Re: Anybody into smart power plugs? [Re: Mad_Hatter] #5281618 12/01/19 04:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Warstud
Originally Posted by MoneyJohn
I run a Vornado fan and a dehumidifier to keep the temp and humidity in check.

Don't you mean a Humidifier ?

No, DEhumidifier. For some odd reason, humidity in the apartment always stays above 60% and that helps mold growth so we have to run a dehumidifier to keep it below 60%

Originally Posted by Mad_Hatter
I run "SmartLife" app from the Google play store (it's free) and it does timers. I now have my aquarium light set up on a plug and timer using the app. Works like a charm.. recognizes the plugs right out the box and sets a password that matches the wireless password IIRC.

I've connected/synced up all my smart plugs to my Echo/Alexa so I can turn them on/off by voice from anywhere in the house.

Thanks, Which smart plugs do you use?
Is this the app?

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