Electronic socket-timer: the principle of operation of the gadget and how not to make a mistake in choosing

Socket - the timer is used to turn off or turn on household electrical appliances on time

The timer socket is used to turn off or turn on household electrical appliances on time

You have no idea how useful an electronic timer socket can be! This device solves several common problems that both apartment residents and owners of private houses face every day. It can become a real find, for example, for those who like to fall asleep to the sound of TV or just frugal people..

Timer socket with remote control function

Timer socket with remote control function

The budget version of the Zolee timer socket

The budget version of the Zolee timer socket

Semi-mechanical sockets-timers with different types of connectors

Semi-mechanical sockets-timers with different types of connectors

Electronic Socket Timer Helps Reduce Your Electricity Bills

Electronic Socket Timer Helps Reduce Your Electricity Bills

How the socket timer works

What it is – a socket-timer, not everyone guesses. In fact, this is not just an electrical appliance, but a unique way to control energy consumption. It is a comfortable way to save electricity, and the number of ways to use it is practically unlimited. However, the main feature of this novelty is in its design..

Electronic timer socket for outdoor use

Electronic timer socket for outdoor use

The design of this compact device is so simple that even a schoolchild can use it, and there are no more problems when installing such an outlet than when turning on any lamp or even an iron..

The socket timer has an electronic control method, which is especially important in modern everyday life. This means that there will be no problems in its operation due to the awkwardness of the user, since the built-in controller will ensure the specified operating time and not a minute more. Consider, for example, the Kanlux electronic timer socket. It provides the most complete functionality available to such devices. Its button menu allows you to set the current time, date and, in accordance with this, set the further schedule of the device..

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In addition, a number of programmable modes are stored in the device’s memory, which contain the settings most used by users..

The principle of the weekly socket

Electronic socket-timer weekly Woods 50009WD

Electronic weekly socket-timer Woods 50009WD

It is important that there are electronic weekly timer sockets. That is, such a device can be programmed for a week (or more) of work in a given mode. For example, a device can be made to work:

  • only on a specific day of the week;
  • with a given break of 1 day;
  • with a given break of 2 days;
  • with a given break of 3 days;
  • with an arbitrary break.

Some timer sockets have a smartphone control function

Some timer sockets have a smartphone control function

In parallel with the weekly operation, such outlets can be made to work at a specific time. So, for each operating mode, the start and end times can be set. The duration of the working period can be set by the manufacturer. In this case, usually the minimum value is only 1 minute, and the maximum can be several hours or almost a whole day. In this case, the only problem can be that for comfortable use you will need instructions for the electronic socket timer.

Indeed, sometimes it is difficult to figure out such devices on your own, but in fact, just a few minutes spent with the device and the instructions will remove all possible questions, and further use of the socket timer will not seem so difficult, because the menu does not contain buttons, but information on monochrome display is enough.

Semi-mechanical timer sockets

A budget model of a mechanical socket-timer is a great option for families with a small income

A budget model of a mechanical socket-timer is an excellent option for families with a small income

Oddly enough, but more questions from users are caused not by models with electronic control, but with mechanical ones. This is due to the unusual design, which is individual for each manufacturer and it can be quite difficult to adapt to working with it. Most of these models are equipped with a swivel mechanism. It serves to provide uninterrupted connection to the power grid for a specified number of hours – in the interval from an hour to a day..

Mechanical Timer for Century Heavy Duty Socket

Mechanical Timer for Century Heavy Duty Socket

Electronic socket-timer MINCO HEAT (220V-240V)

Electronic socket-timer MINCO HEAT (220V-240V)

In parallel with this, some manufacturers supply such devices with auxiliary elements. Some of them are used for additional setting of the time of use, and some – for switching operating modes. For example, some developers introduce special switches into such timer sockets that allow the user to choose between stationary operation from the network and with timer operation, which saves the owner of the device from having to pull out and reconnect the same timer to a regular outlet..

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As for the main part of the auxiliary elements, they can be oriented towards specifying a specific time period in an hour when the connection will be used. So, some models provide a clear division of the hour into quarters, and, for example, in a given hour, you can select working periods.

Use cases

Timer sockets are used in a variety of household and industrial applications

Timer sockets are used in a variety of household and industrial applications

There are many reasons to buy a household appliance such as an electronic socket-timer, and each user may have his own. Someone uses it as a means of economy, while others use it in order to rationalize their own life and save time, and still others – for security purposes. Moreover, everyone is certainly right..

From the point of view of economy, such a device can be used, for example, when heating rooms or operating lighting devices. In the first case, it will turn on the electric fireplace before the owner returns home, and not for the whole day, which can even cause a fire. In addition, it can be used with domestic water heaters such as boilers. This allows you to significantly save on electricity bills..

Thanks to the timer socket, you can not worry about the forgotten power-on device

Thanks to the timer socket, you can not worry about the forgotten power-on device

The second category of users uses it in a similar way. For example, in the early morning, a special electrical appliance connected to such a timer will allow you not to wait for the car engine to warm up in winter..

Timer socket for car

Timer socket for car

As for the third category of users, they can apply similar devices to the same lighting devices noted earlier. Connected in different rooms, they will allow you to simulate the presence of residents in a house or apartment, while the owners themselves can safely stay on vacation abroad.

Benefits of using

Daily socket timer HPM with mechanical control

Daily socket-timer HPM with mechanical control

Many users are surprised at how much time an electronic timer can save. But, in fact, everything depends solely on the frequency of its use and the quality of operations performed with its help..

As a result, it all comes down to the saved not minutes, but nerve cells, which are protected from worries, because you can always be sure that the timer will work on time and turn off the device. Therefore, an electrical appliance turned off with it, be it a TV or an iron, while you are on the way to work, will not force you to return halfway home and check to see if the cord is pulled out of the outlet..

Electronic sockets-timers ORVIBO S20 Smart Socket

Electronic sockets-timers ORVIBO S20 Smart Socket

As for other joys that such a device will bring you, these include its compact size. They will allow you to forget about the redevelopment of rooms for the sake of installing a “smart home” system, while the functionality will be quite enough to provide basic household needs.

On the other hand, the compact size provides sufficient mobility, which will allow you to move a socket with a timer not only from room to room, but also from one house to another, for example, when you need to go to the country, where the use of electricity becomes especially important..

The timer socket will allow you to automatically control the home heater, create a warm microclimate in the apartment and at the same time save energy

The timer socket will allow you to automatically control the home heater, create a warm microclimate in the apartment and at the same time save energy

Timer sockets with Smart control are becoming very popular

Timer sockets with Smart control are becoming very popular

Another advantage is its long service life. The number of start-up cycles is almost unlimited, and with careful use this home appliance will last for many years..

Disadvantages of using

Smart socket-timer GlobeTeck

GlobeTeck Smart Socket

As for the shortcomings, there are really few of them. The main disadvantage inherent in not all models is the complexity of use. It is also associated with another drawback – the lack of instructions or user manuals. The latter drawback is more typical for Chinese products, which are present in huge numbers on radio beams and electrical markets..

Garden socket-timer MK IP66 Masterseal Plus

Garden socket-timer MK IP66 Masterseal Plus

Another drawback that many users pay attention to is the cost of timed outlets. To be frank, not every pensioner is able to afford such a novelty, however, as well as to deal with its use, however, it is quite easy for an adult to assess the benefits received with its help, one has only to remember the electricity tariffs.

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Advice! Pay attention to the models of domestic manufacturers, as well as those produced under European brands. Their cost is noticeably higher, but they are much more convenient to use than any Chinese device.. 

It should be noted that some models are supplied with built-in batteries. They can become a limitation on the number of cycles of use of this household appliance. Accordingly, when choosing, you should give preference to manufacturers with reliable suppliers of components..

Electronic timer socket: conclusions and parting words

Line filter with electronic timer

Line filter with electronic timer

Not everyone will appreciate such a device as an electronic timer socket. To some, it will even seem completely superfluous in everyday life, but only people who value their time, personal comfort and energy costs are able to fully feel the benefits that it gives.

Its cost is quite feasible for the average family budget, and everyone can choose a model for their own needs, whether with electronic or semi-automatic control. Just think: with its help, you will be able to immediately ensure for yourself both energy savings and home safety, and it is even more expedient to use your personal time..

Smart socket-timer Nyrius - convenient power management of your electrical appliances using a smartphone

Smart socket-timer Nyrius – convenient power control of electrical appliances using a smartphone

Socket-timer electronic: With a socket-timer, the lamps of the Christmas tree garland will turn on at any time you specify

With a timer socket, the Christmas tree lights will turn on at any time you specify

Each additionally purchased similar device is an increased energy saving in a visual form, which can be used on a daily basis, and not one-time. In addition, their use will improve the ecology of the surrounding space in the future..