Are we finally nearing perfection?


I got some more smart plugs in the mail from Amazon today made by a little Chinese company called AISHLILIA,  I know that really runs off the tongue right?  I'm sure just like everything made in China this exact same item is very likely to be sold by other brand names, I mean it's not much of a stretch considering the brand name is nowhere to be found on the box or the device.  So what sets these little plugs apart from the rest?
Well to start off with these devices are a shape that I prefer,  they are short so they can easily be stacked, this frees up the adjacent outlet to be used by something else.  I don't know who ever told someone these things should be round but they really shouldn't, take note manufacturers.

The labeling is about 80% correct but at least the important things are right.  The input voltage should be around 110-125v for the US, this plug configuration should never have 240v run to it.  This is sort of corrected by the stamped lettering where it states specifically "16A 110V ~", I just don't understand why they couldn't make the writing match the stamping.  At least they didn't list a voltage range and a set wattage like the others have done in the past.  You read that right the maximum amperage is 16A!  This is good news so we should be able to run our space heaters on it (heat tests to come).  I can tell you from my preliminary testing that the device does get noticeably warm to the touch when constantly running 700 watts (about 6 amps) through it, so this will require some further testing to confirm safety.  If this device was UL listed we could say with certainty that it is safe, but at the same time I understand why a start up company wouldn't want to spend thousands of dollars getting this listing and keeping it current.  At the same time if they would brand it as their own and get this certification it would absolutely make them stand out, cracking the US market wide open.  We could potentially see these in all the big box stores with that little certification, but as it stands Home Depot wouldn't touch these with a 10' pole.

The number one feature that excites me the most is this plugs ability to report energy usage through the Smart Life app.  This is amazing because I as an electrician should be able to plug several of these in for a week or so at a customers house and monitor their power usage to be able to better explain just how much it costs to run a specific appliance, like for instance that old beverage refrigerator in the garage vs the newer Energy Star fridge in the kitchen.

The smart life app breaks things down into a very easy to read chart so you can tell how just much was used per day, this may help to find a high usage trend like perhaps you used more energy right after grocery shopping or maybe you used more on extreme heat days.  As an example, after just 2 days use I can find that my little space heater on low used 17.54KW/h of energy,  that's about $1.75 (17.54 KW/h x .10 cents per KW/h) in just 2 days to keep frost off my plants, looks like I need to find somewhere else to put those plants.





I will be writing up a future post that will put this plug to a load test.  I plan on using my Seek heat camera and I should be able to determine just how likely it is that this plug could be used on full power safely.  Stay tuned!

Is there anything else you can think of that would make this plug perfect?

Do you have a product you would like me test and review, publicly or privately?

Have you tried smart plugs in your own house?

How would you use these?



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