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[Costco] Charging Essentials Wi-Fi Smart Plug x 2 $18.99/Smart Dimmer Switch x 2 $39.99

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Nov 28, 2016
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I thought Costco has the outdoor one, 2 pack for like $27.99?
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dealyou wrote:
Dec 27th, 2018 2:30 pm
I thought Costco has the outdoor one, 2 pack for like $27.99?
I was never able to find this at either of the Kitchener\Waterloo locations, I would have grabbed one if I did.
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Dec 17, 2015
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I bought 2 pairs a few months ago when the rebate was available. One of them died. So I returned them all. The switch would clip on and off but no power went to the lamp which was connected to it
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Did the lamp have halogen/incandescent bulbs or LED/CFL? These smart plugs usually have dinky relays and can't reliably switch on high current/resistive loads.
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Nov 28, 2016
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I don’t think we can use CFL or non-dimmable bulbs with these dimmer switches, right?
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Pkosta wrote:
Aug 12th, 2018 10:52 am
Yes can connect to any device as long as wattage and amps are not maxed out. In the 1990'si blew speakers on a stereo as I connected a remote access plug but had the volume turned up to 11. So max sure it is within range simple stuff like a ac adaptor for us connected stuff is ok, coffee maker, lamp , led lights, slump pump , water sprinkler, etc...don't do stereos with that are high wattage but a cheap small radio is ok or and device that doesn't require a soft power button but instead a mechanical switch for power it works well to remotely power on things.
Blew up 2 of them most likely because of high wattage stereo connected to them. The TP-Link ones seem more resistant.
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dealyou wrote:
Dec 28th, 2018 12:41 am
I don’t think we can use CFL or non-dimmable bulbs with these dimmer switches, right?
I'm no electrician and maybe you can use them as long as you don't use the dimmer option.. (but then why not consider just a regular switch)... But I added emphasis for you. Grinning Face
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bennydiamond wrote:
Dec 28th, 2018 1:09 pm
Are these certified(CE, CSA, other) in any form for electrical conformity?
It's Walmart, it has to be, I saw ETL for the plug on a review, the bulbs are also probably ETL since it's the cheapest one to get vs UL/CSA

FYI, CE is not an actual (3rd party) certification, it's self-cert...colloquially known as China Export lol
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Has anyone tried the Smart Plugs with a Raspberry Pi 3B? I find that even when the smart plug is off, it still seems to deliver a very tiny amount of current that my RPi3 keeps trying to boot from and failing due to lack of current.

EDIT: I tried it with both plugs that came in the package, same result.
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Oct 11, 2016
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I have not seen the switches lately - just the plugs. But I would wait until the plugs go on sale. In oct/Nov got the plugs for 18.99 and the switches for 31.99 (pack of two respectively)
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Tapout123 wrote:
Dec 27th, 2018 2:39 pm
I was never able to find this at either of the Kitchener\Waterloo locations, I would have grabbed one if I did.
I got mine from the oakville location. However, one of them died for no apparent reason. I bought another two pack online (doesnt seem to be available now) and will return the one purchased at a higher price.
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yydd4567 wrote:
Dec 30th, 2018 11:10 am
I have not seen the switches lately - just the plugs. But I would wait until the plugs go on sale. In oct/Nov got the plugs for 18.99 and the switches for 31.99 (pack of two respectively)
Plenty of both switches and plugs in Okotoks AB if anyone is interested.
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AleksandarT704 wrote:
Dec 30th, 2018 11:14 am
Plenty of both switches and plugs in Okotoks AB if anyone is interested.
Very nice. In some GTA (Vaughan, Oakville, Vaughan West) and Kitchener locations I could not find the switches.

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