Works great. Very customizable. Can be complicated
You can pair any number of buttons on any number of remote controls to the one plug. You can also programme a button to control any number of plugs. For example, you can set button A on three different remotes to control one plug. Or you can set button a on one remote to control four different plugs. You can also program button A to control one plug, button B to control another and button C to control both plugs at the same time. Its very customizable but can get complicated if you’re not methodical when programming them. If there is a power ou...tage, they usually retain their pairings, so long as you don’t push any buttons while the led on the plugs are flashing (usually about 20secs). We have nine of these plugs in a very small area and I think we may have reached the limit as one of the buttons meant to control an upstairs plug also turns on a downstairs plug. We did not have this issue until I added the last plug. Perhaps 8 is the limit? I’m very happy with these for the price and I prefer them over the ‘smart’ versions (which we also have in other areas of the house) as they have physical buttons so you don’t need to get out your phone to turn them on and off.
Great when working, but totally unreliable. I've owned two sets of these and unfortunately both developed faults. They generally go bad by turning on but then not turning off or only working intermittently. The indicator light remains functional so you can see it's receiving signal, but the main relay either fuses to the on position or doesn't get triggered at all.
The frustrating thing is that you cannot obtain replacements. The likes of Bunnings only sells these as a two or four set pack, which always includes the remote.
I thought Arlec gear would be better quality. Would love to find something like this from a reliable vendor.
Too clunky for double power point, and didn't work anyway
This unit is big and clunky so it blocks the second plug on a double power point.
It flashed to show the power was on...and then immediately turned the power off. I tried all possible solutions, but it was simply a dud.
Alrec remote power outlet is old technology but still has its place
We have quite a few of this remote controlled switches for all sorts of things - light, music, small appliances - and have been using them for a couple of years. When we changed over to the Google Home ecosystem, we initially removed all the Arlec plugs, but have since reinstated a few of them for specific purposes, hence as the title says, it still has its place, at least for my requirements anyway.
I have not found any other power plugs that clearly states that it is a double pole switch. This is of course fantastic because it cuts off bo...th live and earth lines leaving only ground connected. This makes the plug really safe for appliances power cord with only two pins and you can't tell which way the wires are connected. It is not entirely uncommon that some appliances can be sensitive to remote switches shortening its life considerably and I learnt this from experience. I have found no issue with this plug at all. However, I am not a trained electrician so this is just my personal experience. Good Safety through double pole switch - as explained above. With some other switches I have tried, when used with TV / music can have a pop thus what appears to be a phantom power / surge that could damage equipment. I haven't had this problem with Arlec remote controlled power outlet having used them for quite a few years. Security - it is not WiFi enabled hence not an IoT device. One must use the supplied remote control, paired with the plug to turn on or off the appliance. I like this because this means there is no way a hacker, at distance, can somehow turn it on. Even with such as Google Home, Alexa, Siri, through voice command, anyone in the house can accidentally turn on the appliance unintended, bad if the appliance can catch fire and hidden in a room out of sight.
Great little unit, works well.
I notice some users are having problems with the unit responding to other channels or multiple channels, I also encounter this problem, turing my 3 separate units into basically three units that come on with one button push, very annoying.
Anyway it is a very easy fix, please read the instructions carefully, you must reset the unit, i.e delete its programming. Look in the instructions under "Resetting the units" read and follow carefully and all problems will be solved.
Does not work as advertised
As previous reviewers noted -- only 1 powerpoint works correctly/as advertised (#A). The other 3 (B,C,D) all turn on/off simultaneously when any of the buttons are pressed. Tried 're-setting' by removing all powerpoints and taking out battery from controller overnight but defect is permanent/hard wired. I can ONLY control 2 powerpoints on a controller that's ADVERTISED to control 4 power points.
Great idea, but...
These little gizmos would be great but the four programable buttons all get mixed up.
You program a particular device to come on when you press button "A" (which it does) but it also comes on when you press button "C" or "D".
As such you can really only use them to control one device - or a bunch of devices that all come on and go off simultaneously.
This product worked quite well at least 6 times
The main problem is that the relay inside the switch unit is *SO* intolerant of inductive or capacitive loads that the contacts weld together after several operations. This is to be expected with a large electric motor for example, but not with a computer power supply.
Because I bought the pack with 3 switch units and 1 remote, I could try this experiment a few times. I found that even a switchmode plug-pack such as the one you might charge your phone with or a laptop supply caused the relay to malfunction.
An added bonus is the remote being ...
This item is perfect when it works properly
I use this multiple times a day/night to turn on/off appliances so that I don't have to get up because I have a fatigue condition. When it's working, I can turn things off in my bedroom from my kitchen etc so it can work very well in 2 bedroom apartment from anywhere to anywhere, when it's working I really love it & find it incredibly helpful & use it lots. You can also turn multiple things on/off with the last buttons. They don't seem to have a long life tho sadly. They only come in either a one pack or 3 pack but it's a 4 outlet switch, & the...one packs are too expensive to get the last 'extra' probably because it also comes with the switch. Can you's please sell the plugs stand alone at a reasonable price or do a 4 pack please! I would definitely buy another, & probably will, but if it this one doesn't last long i'll investigate other similar appliances before buying another
Questions & Answers
The current rating on these devices is claimed to be 10 Amps - or 2400 Watts. This is false and misleading as the unit's contacts in the internal relay weld together if it switches on any appliance that does not have a standby power feature such as a computer or TV.
I purchased two single units - one to shut down half of my computer system (i.e. standby power) and another to shut down my entertainment system. The unit on the computer system has worked fine, but the unit developed welded contacts (the relay changes over but the power remains on) after just a few times of operation. It seems the relay contacts can't handle the surge current when switching on the audio system's power amplifier.
These units should be marked for light-duty (meaning for standby equipment and lighting) only, and not for general use.
You will find that the initial surge current to power up your Stereo system is over the claimed limit, which is indeed 10A/2400 watts, I run a 2400 watt heater on the device and it has performed flawlessly for over 12 months. The contacts will develop 'scorch' marks and pits and could, as you say, weld close, but not at 10A. If you are able to seperate you amp, have that on one supply switch and the remaining devices on another, you should solve the problem.
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