REVIEW – Until recently, home automation was a relatively expensive and time-consuming activity. Now SwitchBot has joined the race. At $10.19 from Amazonadding these handy devices to control gadgets in your home is practically a no-brainer!
What is that?
The SwitchBot Plug Mini is an app-controlled 120-volt device that turns an electrical device on or off based on user selection, timers or external triggers and monitors power consumption.
- Dimensions: 70 x 39 x 59 mm (2.8 x 1.6 x 2.4 inches)
- Weight: 70g (2.5oz)
- Input voltage: 100-125VAC
- Input frequency: 50/60Hz
- Output power: 1875 Watts
- Output current: 15 A max (resistive load)
- Operating temperature: -15 to 40°C (5 to 104°F)
- Communication: IEEE802.11 b/g/n, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth low energy
- Disconnect means: Type 1B
- Pollution degree: 2
- Rated impulse voltage: 1500 V
- Automatic action: 50,000 cycles
What’s in the box?
- SwitchBot Mini Plug Model W1901400
- User’s Guide
Design and features
I’m a big fan of minimal packaging. SwitchBot packaging is familiar, minimal, protective and recyclable.
Inside the box are the Plug Mini and the manual. The SwitchBot manuals are well written and contain valuable information, but are very sparsely printed.
There’s not much in the Plug Mini. It is a rectangular box with a grounded plug on one side and an outlet on the other.
A button at one end initiates pairing and turns the Plug Mini on and off without connectivity.
The Plug Mini takes up one outlet in a typical wall outlet, but if you plan to use it in a power strip, it could prevent access to adjacent outlets. Please excuse my dirty grip ;-D
Pairing only took a few moments, while the only LED flashes blue. During normal operation, the LED lights up white when the socket is on.
When the Plug mini is off, the LED is off. If you don’t want to use the LED at all, you can turn it off in the app. Nice touch.
The Plug Mini will take a full 15 amp load, but isn’t waterproof, so you probably won’t want to use it for your pool motor (unless it’s indoors 😀 ). Must love home automation!
Adding the Plug Mini is easy: Choose the icon from a list…
Heed the warnings…
Press the button for two seconds to start pairing. Enter your network SSID and password…boom.
In my case, seconds after adding the Plug Mini, Alexa recognized it and it was ready to accept voice commands.
I do my best to save energy whenever I can. As such, I appreciate the Plug Mini’s energy monitoring capabilities. From the app, I can see power, current, voltage, and usage in kWh (kilowatt-hours). I can imagine using the monitoring functions just to keep tabs on some of my devices. I plan to do an “energy inventory” of my home to see what is consuming energy and eventually replace unnecessary appliances. Of course, other gadgets perform this function, but since it’s built into the Plug Mini, it makes sense to use it to its full potential.
Usage data can even be exported. Very cool!
To add utility, the app also has scheduling functions to turn the Plug-Mini on and off. Remember this cafe? You can turn on your bedside lamp when your alarm clock goes off AND turn it back on 10 minutes before you go to work. That being said, be very careful when using the Switchbot Plug Mini to operate motorized or heating equipment, as a mistake could result in a fire or other costly damage. I’m talking about things like coffee makers, big battery chargers, or beefy fans.
There’s also a handy delay feature that turns the Plug Mini on immediately, then turns off after a programmed time.
Like all SwitchBot products, you have many great features. I’ve already mentioned the indicator light toggle.
There’s also ‘error protection’ that allows for confirmation when using the Plug Mini, which is great if you’re the ‘pocket dial’ type.
Cloud services include Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, Clova for Japanese users, and Siri Shortcuts. All work reliably
SwitchBot continues to amaze me. Their products are reliable, the prices are great, the IFTTT, Amazon and Google integration is great, and the app is packed with features. The Plug Mini fits perfectly into my home automation system and I particularly like them for use with lamps. It’s great to be walking out of the room and saying, “Alexa, please turn off the living room light.”
What I like
- Easily integrates with Google, Alexa and IFTTT
- Power consumption information and graphs are handy
What I would change
SwitchBot continues to amaze me with its solid offerings, great app integration, and huge value for money! Besides being under $12, the performance of the Plug Mini is top notch and the power consumption and graphics capabilities are the icing on the cake. Well done, SwitchBot. Please see my other Switchbot reviews.