Flexi Plug-Review

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  1. Vinnyboombatz

    Vinnyboombatz Giant Squid

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    A big thank you to Jeff at Marine Depot for sending me a new toy to play with.:)

    What it is??
    From TAIKONG Technology Ltd.
    Simply control aquarium devices through smart phone or tablet.


    Unfortunately I do not own an Apple phone but I was able to download the Beta App. on Google Play for my Nexus7.The only difficulty I had on setup was getting the device to reset(flash blue).The "button" if you can call it that; has little to no "feel" so it is hard to tell if you are actually pressing it.Once I got the reset it paired almost instantly.This is a list of supported devices which has grown with the addition to Google play.
    iphones 4s,5,5s,5c,,6,6plus,
    ipad4th gen.,touch 5th,air,air2,mini,mini2,mini3

    System requirements-Bluetooth 4.0 BLE
    IOS 7.0 or higher
    Android 4.3 or higher


    Bluetooth remote control.

    Range/speed does not appear to be an issue.
    http://www.diffen.com/difference/Bluetooth_vs_Wifi

    Precise Timer,up to 5 different time setups.Minimum setup to the minute.

    Timer setup is 24hours instead of A.M./P.M. The App. would not allow the first time(on time) higher then the second time(off time).So if you were to try to setup a lunar light(which coincidentally was what I was trying to do lol.) it would not allow it.The 5 different times is a head scratcher. How many aquarists turn the same light on/off 5 times in a day?The 2 pronged plug will also eliminate alot of fixtures/devices unfortunately.


    During feeding/water change temporarily stop the powerhead/filter for 5,15,30,60, or 120 minutes.

    I like this.Shutting down my mechanical filtration(hob) while feeding will be great.

    I simply switch off my powerstrip for wc's and don't really see a need for a game of beat the clock.This device would however remember to turn itself back on every time.:)


    Temporarily power on/off.


    This would be handy to switch off a heater when you have your filthy claw in the tank or sump.Unfortunately again the 2 pronged plug maybe an issue.

    Product page for a full description and photos.
    http://www.taikong-aqua.com/product_a.asp?id=229&lang=en


    It came well packaged with instructions on the box.

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    It is compact but may obstruct adjoining outlets on some power strips.

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    The interface is clean and straight forward.You can name your Flexi plugs.I call mine Sally.:)

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    Overall this is an exciting product.Not really sure its usefullness can justify the price but that is really up to the aquarist to decide.I can think of a few non- aquarium related uses for this device.Like plugging a lamp into it that I can turn on for after one of those late night rendezvous.Who knows I may even plug my Christmas tree into it.:)
    Please post your comments/questions I will update this thread periodically.
    Available at Marine Depot.Jeff is good people.
    http://www.marinedepot.com/Flexi_Pl...arium_Lighting-Flexi-AZ72883-FILTACTM-vi.html
     
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  3. Billme

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    Good review vinny. Can you use a converter to convert 3 prong plug to 2 prong?
     
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    Good point Bill.They will add to the bulk on your powerstrip a little and can become wiggly.:)
    I am certainly not a qualified electrician though.
     
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    Nice review Vinny.
    I had seen similar product utilized in a small home build for lighting and couple other things. Pretty cool stuff.
    I bet the next revision of the product allows for the on option at any time.
     
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    Ty.I am sure it would be a simple fix.
     
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    ouch.. $65 to control one outlet? that's painful.
     
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    There's nothing like modern tech :) but what if you don't have any cell service out in the boonies? :(
     
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    I have! One side of the lot to the other! [​IMG] :biggrinbounce:
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Nice review Vinny, interesting product. ;)
     
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