I wanted to know what I can plug into the smart plug and found the following FAQ on Lowe’s iris support page.
The maximum wattage for a Smart Plug is 1500W. Make sure to check with the appliance manufacturer’s rated power and electrical current requirements before using it with a Smart Plug.
So what does 1500W mean? All I wanted was some examples.
I did a little search an it seems energy.gov gave some examples of the following.
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My home office has a few devices that seems to be always on regardless if I’m using them or not. For example my personal HP Laserjet printer that’s doesn’t even have a on/off switch.
So in an attempt to save some electricity. I’ve decides to plug my two monitors, Laser printer, speakers, and scanner to one surge protector, then I connect this surge protector to a smart plug. I’ll also have a second surge protector where I connect my computer and any devices that needs charging like batteries for the camera so they will never be shut off.
This is the physical side of what I did. Now for the magic rules!
When having an issue trying to add a smart plug to your hub you may need to reset it to clear out any old configurations.
To reset the smart plug you will need to do the following.
1) Unplug the smart plug from your outlet.
2) Press and hold the button on the Smart Plug for 15 seconds.
From my past post about devices disconnecting. I’ve suggested to use either a range extender or smart plug which can also acts like a range extender too.
Even though both cost the same price I can see how some people may say how the smart plug would be a better value because of the additional features.
That statement can be true but they may not know that the range extender also comes with a internal battery. So the answer really depends on what devices which you are trying to extend the range for.
If you’re using the range extenders for the motion sensor, siren, door/window sensor then I would suggest you get the range extender and not the smart plug. The reason for this is because if you ever lose electrical power then these devices can still work for you. While the smart plug will just stop working.
With in a few a week after I’ve paired my basement window sensor it seems to disconnect/reconnect once a week or so. When reviewing the device setting I’ve notice that the signal strength was full bars.
I’ve thought it might be related to how cold the basement is because batteries normally don’t run well in very cold temperature. Later I find out that it would disconnected during warmer days too.
By this time I’m thinking that the window sensor is defective. I had a spare motion sensor which I was still deciding where to install, so instead of replacing the window sensor I stuck on the motion sensor in the same room as what I thought was the defective window sensor.
One week later I would either have the window sensor or the motion sensor disconnect, but never both. To get them reconnected again I would take out the batteries and put them back in. I then check the signal strength and both would be full bars. Now I’m just confused.