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From 20/10/14
Set contains 4 cordless sockets which can be individually or simultaneously turned off at a range of up to 40m with included remote control
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3 year manufacturer's warranty
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1 Like #1
anyone know if these are RF or IR? if you had a socket that was behind a TV or couch, would it still work if not in the line of sight?
3 Likes #2
They're RF. So works through walls etc. I have some in waterproof boxes to make garden lights remote control from indoors. I use the indoor ones for free standing lamps.

Edited By: Denziloshamen on Oct 17, 2014 12:48
1 Like #3
xboxden
anyone know if these are RF or IR? if you had a socket that was behind a TV or couch, would it still work if not in the line of sight?

was thinking the same
4 Likes #4
That's a solution to a problem i didn't know i had!
#5
Brilliant, I'm getting some!!! Can you work 2 packs in one house? " different RF channels? I have quite a few out of reach sockets. God knows who decided where they were going when the house was built!!!

Denziloshamen
They're RF. So works through walls etc. I have some in waterproof boxes to make garden lights remote control from indoors. I use the indoor ones for free standing lamps.
1 Like #6
xboxden
Brilliant, I'm getting some!!! Can you work 2 packs in one house? " different RF channels? I have quite a few out of reach sockets. God knows who decided where they were going when the house was built!!!

Denziloshamen
They're RF. So works through walls etc. I have some in waterproof boxes to make garden lights remote control from indoors. I use the indoor ones for free standing lamps.

cant speak for these but i have some very similar from Maplin and there are 4 channels on the remote so you can use more than one set in the same house.
#7
chrisbass
xboxden
Brilliant, I'm getting some!!! Can you work 2 packs in one house? " different RF channels? I have quite a few out of reach sockets. God knows who decided where they were going when the house was built!!!

Denziloshamen
They're RF. So works through walls etc. I have some in waterproof boxes to make garden lights remote control from indoors. I use the indoor ones for free standing lamps.

cant speak for these but i have some very similar from Maplin and there are 4 channels on the remote so you can use more than one set in the same house.

Thanks mate, Will try and check in store when I get them.
2 Likes #8
Save £12.99 and get up to turn it off
banned#9
better going homeeasy or better yet lightwave rf for better options, timing, smartphone control, etc.
#10
xboxden
Brilliant, I'm getting some!!! Can you work 2 packs in one house? " different RF channels? I have quite a few out of reach sockets. God knows who decided where they were going when the house was built!!!

Denziloshamen
They're RF. So works through walls etc. I have some in waterproof boxes to make garden lights remote control from indoors. I use the indoor ones for free standing lamps.

You can set two swithes to the same channel if you want to. So, if you got two packs you could use one remote for both sets if you are able to double up some of the switch frequencies on the remote (this is useful for when you want to turn more than one thing on or off at the same time, such as a set of lights.
2 Likes #11
I also use these for the christmas tree lights so the plug can remain tucked behind the tree and out of sight.
1 Like #12
Have these all around the house, can turn off all the electrics before going to bed. Great price for 4.
1 Like #13
jase99
Save £12.99 and get up to turn it off


more useful for sockets harder to access behind heavy furniture etc, i wouldn't assume we're all just lazy, but I reckon some are ;)
#14
Anybody know what sort the bats r in the remote?

Edited By: png666 on Oct 18, 2014 02:36
3 Likes #15
If I was Captain of the Starship Enterprise and I put one of these in Engineering would it save me having to run back and forth between the Bridge and Engineering to switch the engines on and off? Could I then fire Scotty for eating too many doughnuts?
#16
I must admit not this make but I have tried these type of things twice before and both times they lasted less than two months, can anyone advise if they actually have these and if they are reliable?

When I say failed I mean they managed to stick in the on position and the remote wouldn't turn them off.
#17
ristac: sounds like cheap relays, in the same way that some switched extension leads fail (contacts welding together). What was plugged into the failing sockets? That is crucial.

Edited By: pibpob on Oct 18, 2014 09:49
#18
Funny how if this were an extension lead you'd get the usual calls for it to have "surge protection", yet no-one seems to care about this...
#19
pibpob
Funny how if this were an extension lead you'd get the usual calls for it to have "surge protection", yet no-one seems to care about this...

So let me get this right, you're complaining about people not complaining...
#20
Jamborello
pibpob
Funny how if this were an extension lead you'd get the usual calls for it to have "surge protection", yet no-one seems to care about this...

So let me get this right, you're complaining about people not complaining...
No - try again.
#21
Tempting to get a raspberry pi and have these controlled remotely.
#22
pibpob
Funny how if this were an extension lead you'd get the usual calls for it to have "surge protection", yet no-one seems to care about this...
dont really see how that's relevant to this post? Assuming the sockets have a fuse that is
1 Like #23
ristac
I must admit not this make but I have tried these type of things twice before and both times they lasted less than two months, can anyone advise if they actually have these and if they are reliable?

When I say failed I mean they managed to stick in the on position and the remote wouldn't turn them off.

Was there a button onthe socket to turn them on and off? If so if that was working then i'd say your batteries in the remote need changing.

Energenie now do a kit for a raspberry pi to control these type of sockets. Quite good value at £20 inc 2 sockets and the controller.
#24
Doesn't state what current it can take. Be careful of using it with kettles/heaters if its not rated 13A.

I have some which are rated high enough for my kettle, you can fill the kettle up, leave the kettle on and the plug off then use the remote to put the kettle on the lazy way :D

Also very useful for not climbing behind the tree to turn christmas lights off!
1 Like #25
png666
Anybody know what sort the bats r in the remote?


Normally E27A 12V
#26
Does anybody know what wattage (or current) these will switch?
#27
yubious
pibpob
Funny how if this were an extension lead you'd get the usual calls for it to have "surge protection", yet no-one seems to care about this...
dont really see how that's relevant to this post? Assuming the sockets have a fuse that is
Surge protection and fuses are completely different things. But as something is just as likely to experience a "surge" when plugged into one of these as when plugged into an extension lead, I'm just pointing out how people's beliefs are driven by marketing rather than fact.
#28
marlovian
Does anybody know what wattage (or current) these will switch?
They will switch anything that you can plug into a 13A socket - in other words, up to 13A or ~3kW.
#29
jacksonliam
Doesn't state what current it can take. Be careful of using it with kettles/heaters if its not rated 13A.
They have to be rated at 13A or contain a fuse which will blow at their rated current. I very much doubt that they will contain a fuse - it would cost more than making sure the relay can handle 13A. In fact, they'd be notionally rated at 16A because the internal parts will be the same for every market including mainland Europe, whose plugs are rated for this. The only difference is the plug and socket part - you can see they are inserts specific to the end country.


Edited By: pibpob on Oct 18, 2014 11:30
#30
pibpob
jacksonliam
Doesn't state what current it can take. Be careful of using it with kettles/heaters if its not rated 13A.

They have to be rated at 13A or contain a fuse which will blow at their rated current. I very much doubt that they will contain a fuse - it would cost more than making sure the relay can handle 13A.



Where does it say that? some are rated less than this. I have some rated at 1000w and 5amp NOT this brand.


Edited By: Geemac on Oct 18, 2014 11:36
#31
Been using similar for several years and wouldn't be without them. For example we set them up for all the table lamps in the living room (well only 3), and when you go to bed at night you just press one button and they're all off. Set up the same for my parents and they think it's great not having to struggle to get to each lamp every night to turn off. Not sure of this brand, but they must all be similar. Reasonable price also.
#32
Very handy for switching the Xmas tree lights on/off
#33
Bought similar at Currys a few years ago for 99P each. Still using now. Have had a few niggles setting up the frequencies but great little product and the kids became very interested in electrical safety remembering to turn everything off using the remote after use. Voted hot
#34
My feeling is, when I had them they stuck out from the socket miles too much and the remote had to be manoeuvred around to get them to switch off. Far too cumbersome
#35
Im trying to justify to myself why I want one. I haven't thought or a reason yet, other than buy a lamp so I can control it remotely. I didn't know I wanted a lamp unitl now.
#36
jase99
Save £12.99 and get up to turn it off


Do you not have any TV remotes then? ;-)
2 Likes #37
I've got an extension cable plugged into mine so I can bang off the telly, amp and consoles all in one go. I got one for my mam because her digibox crashes sometimes and now she doesn't have to move the telly to get to the wall socket.

If you're a tight fisted git like me you can make a battery for it by stacking 8 watch batteries together in a roll of paper and then taping the sides. Use for those loads of Poundland watch batteries that don't fit in anything you have. The battery that comes with it should last aaaaaages, but I left something pressing the button.
#38
jaydeeuk1
Tempting to get a raspberry pi and have these controlled remotely.

That's exactly what I use my similar (Asda/Status) ones for, wall socket is out of reach behind big screen TV/stand. RPi and a floor standing uplighter are plugged into one of these, along with a Lan switch, one press of the remote fires up the RPi/switch, another press the uplighter, works great.
#39
Might be worth keeping a look out in asda for these, they do a 3 set for £10-15 but they're often on offer for £5, bought a few over the years when they've been down in price. £12 is still a decent price for 4 though.
#40
Asda have just re-introduced the Status ones, they are now a set of two plus remote for £12.00. they're badged as *New!*, so a price drop to £5.00 won't be imminent.

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