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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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looking for some quick advice, I was installing the smart dimmer in my bedroom and noticed my box contains three neutral wires. As the switch only has two inputs for the neutral , what is the best way to approach this? I searched the thread and someone said they were able to twist two of them and place it into one slot, but I am not having such luck.

Thanks in advance!
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kitty wrote:
Apr 7th, 2019 5:16 pm
Many of these cheaper Smart plugs/bulbs/switches (like the one from Costco and "Merkury" from Walmart) are based a chip known as ESP8266, so you can use an single app called "Tuya Smart" to control them. Unfortunately, the bigger brands (Philips, Belkin Wemo, TP-Link, Zigbee) use their own protocol.

That being said, like Tapout123, I've put everything under Google Home, as well as my Philips Hue, and everything works like a single system.
The cheaper ones can share the same app but google home wont work on them if you dont use their default app . At least that's from my experience from using multiple brands
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The smart plugs were still marked as $24.99 at Costco in Richmond, BC but at the till they rang up with the new price of $18.99.
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Daijoubu wrote:
Apr 8th, 2019 12:24 pm
Maybe your neighbor changed WIFI channels lol
Nah I checked and the network is still wide open
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azn_dan wrote:
Apr 11th, 2019 8:40 pm
looking for some quick advice, I was installing the smart dimmer in my bedroom and noticed my box contains three neutral wires. As the switch only has two inputs for the neutral , what is the best way to approach this? I searched the thread and someone said they were able to twist two of them and place it into one slot, but I am not having such luck.

Thanks in advance!
In order to do that you'd need to cap it with a new wire to connect into the switch.
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Apr 12th, 2019 12:42 am
The cheaper ones can share the same app but google home wont work on them if you dont use their default app . At least that's from my experience from using multiple brands
I use the Smart life app with these switches and plugs and not the Tuya app that it says to use and they work just fine with Google home.
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Anyone who paid $24.99 tried going back to get a price adjustment to $18.99?
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nagooro wrote:
Apr 13th, 2019 12:56 am
Costco's carrying another smart wifi plug, has anyone tried it out? $29 for a 3 pack

Prime smart outlet
Never seen it but this one looks like taking up 2 slots space. I’ll stick with the CE
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Any of these support energy monitoring?
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nagooro wrote:
Apr 13th, 2019 12:56 am
Costco's carrying another smart wifi plug, has anyone tried it out? $29 for a 3 pack
Prime smart outlet
Based on screenshorts from the Prime Wire app, looks like another Tuya device ... although as @dealyou stated .. they definitely take up two slots, so less useful than the CE ones. Also no energy monitoring, but that's TBD since screenshots aren't always 100% accurate. But it's always good to see more choices so a welcome addition. Thanks for pointing it out.
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miji2 wrote:
Apr 15th, 2019 1:11 pm
Based on screenshorts from the Prime Wire app, looks like another Tuya device ... although as @dealyou stated .. they definitely take up two slots, so less useful than the CE ones. Also no energy monitoring, but that's TBD since screenshots aren't always 100% accurate. But it's always good to see more choices so a welcome addition. Thanks for pointing it out.
Energy monitoring? How? I have the CE ones
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Prime branded ones claims 15A load (resistive)
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just as FYI, the wall switches don't come with any wires, you will need to buy electrical wire (white and neutral).
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I don't believe these have energy monitoring capabilities...

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