Good when it works. But does not last long
I have bought one in january 2020 from bunnings. Worked well and served the purpose.. But mid april 2020 it just completely died. No lights, no power. I dont get why it did not last long. It is only powering my wifi repeater which is probably less than 20watts at max?
My lost, i dont have the receipt anymore so i cant go for warranty.
I might just have bought a lemon but hey il put it in review to see if others have the same experience.
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Arlec reinvented itself through Grid Connect integration with powerboard, plugs and controls
Thanks to Medion Life+ which in recent months has the "wrong user token" issue and frequent drop outs from Google Home connection for me, I am in the market shopping for smart plugs again and noticed this Arlec 4 Outlets Smart Powerboard that is Grid Connect enables. Grid Connect is relatively new, teaming up with Delta, Arlec amongst other manufacturers and it has really good user reviews and ratings. Thumbs up from me.
It is really refreshing to see what Arlec is doing in recent time - investing into smart product. In the olden days, there u...sed to be smart plug that required YD Home and wasn't Google Home or Amazon Alexa enabled. Another product, the two-poles remote controlled plug still has its place in my opinion - for applications where you absolutely do not want to mistakenly turn on by malicious attack or in error and it cuts both wires which is awesome. I wonder why this design isn't in all plugs. Arlec makes two Grid Connect enabled smart powerboard, both with 4 smart outlets. One has USB & USB-C ports while the other has an always on outlet thus a total of 5 AC outlets. The latter is what I bought. I really like the idea of having an always on outlet. If you want to daisy chain the boards, you can with this powerboard. What is the chance that every single outlet need to be smart? I have several setups where a smart plug drives a powerboard hence a group of lights may be activated / deactivated together by a single command. What use case do you have where you need four smart devices running from the same board? Kitchen appliance? Kettle? toaster? Coffee machine? I don't even dare using smart plug on kettle given in most cases it would be at peak power handling (10A) limit and I don't know if the kettle can cope with not having water inside. Would that cause fire or burn out the heating filament inside? Smart plugs are most often used with lights and you want them to turn on together. Individual control is perhaps a nice to have but not essential. With this 5 outlets smart powerboard, I use it to drive three lights and noticed the name that can be given to each outlet has a horrible limit of 10 chars max. At least the powerboard's name can be up to 24 chars long. Therefore, I use the powerboard name as a group name to power on all four outlets and I had to change their names in Google Home and Alexa to give more meaningful names. In the process, realising Google Home device name has 24 chars limit while Alexa doesn't have this limitation. Whilst 24 chars is enough in most cases, Alexa wins this round. And it is terrible to have to change the name in Google Home and Alexa, because if I ever repurpose an outlet, it will have to be renamed three times. This also means Google Home and Alexa know these outlets by two if not three names, different name to different ecosystem, and more things to remember.
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