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Old 08-08-2018, 01:44 PM
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i was thinking about getting some wireless smart electrical outlets/plugs to turn lights off and on while we're away on vacation. also, my coffee brewer doesn't have a clock or timer, so it'd be nice to wake up each morning with the coffee already brewed.

most of what i see available for sale on amazon is not UL certified. would you roll the dice on chinese made, non UL certified outlets?

link to a popular model on amazon -> https://www.amazon.com/Maxcio-Wirele...+Mini+Wireless
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I got these but haven't used them yet:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It looks like most of them get decent ratings, but who knows if they are padding the ratings.
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i was thinking about getting some wireless smart electrical outlets/plugs to turn lights off and on while we're away on vacation. also, my coffee brewer doesn't have a clock or timer, so it'd be nice to wake up each morning with the coffee already brewed.

most of what i see available for sale on amazon is not UL certified. would you roll the dice on chinese made, non UL certified outlets?

link to a popular model on amazon -> https://www.amazon.com/Maxcio-Wirele...+Mini+Wireless
I have used Xmas light timers for this purpose, including brewing coffee. The mechanical ones work better than the digital ones.
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Another for good old-fashioned mechanical light timers. I keep one light on a light timer year-round. It has a week long cycle so I can have it come on / turn off at different times every day.

That said, my coffee pot does have a timer setting. Bought when I lived on the west coast and would entertain visiting family from the east coast who would wake up at 4:30 AM Pacific time / 7:30 AM Eastern time. No way was I going to wake up that early to make coffee for them, but I could set everything up after they went to bed so that they'd be greeted with hot coffee and fixin's while I slept in. It's a very nice feature and I'd definitely recommend replacing your coffee pot with one with a timer whenever you're ready to replace yours.

But in the meantime, I imagine that a light timer would work just fine and be less expensive / more energy efficient than the WiFi plug thing.

The mechanical ones are probably a little less precise if that's important to you. For tricking prowlers into thinking I might be home the lack of precision is a feature rather than a bug. But for morning coffee precision might be a little more important.
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Another for good old-fashioned mechanical light timers. I keep one light on a light timer year-round. It has a week long cycle so I can have it come on / turn off at different times every day.

That said, my coffee pot does have a timer setting. Bought when I lived on the west coast and would entertain visiting family from the east coast who would wake up at 4:30 AM Pacific time / 7:30 AM Eastern time. No way was I going to wake up that early to make coffee for them, but I could set everything up after they went to bed so that they'd be greeted with hot coffee and fixin's while I slept in. It's a very nice feature and I'd definitely recommend replacing your coffee pot with one with a timer whenever you're ready to replace yours.

But in the meantime, I imagine that a light timer would work just fine and be less expensive / more energy efficient than the WiFi plug thing.
i've had that kind of coffee pot and it is a nice feature. i bought a featureless brewer that brews at teh right temp and speed for a better cup of coffee. tradeoffs

yeah, mechanical might be the way to go. i had some of those once upon a time
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