Getting Smarter Smart Plugs, Part 1

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There’s something mysteriously unsettling about the feeling that you’re not getting the most out of a product.

You’ve glanced at tech articles, read the manual that came with your Voltson outlets, and gotten decent use out of them. But a dreadful feeling nags: Not to downplay the amazing convenience of turning lamps on and off from bed, but isn’t there a lot more to these things?

Let’s get more bang for your buck. Try out three of our current favorite tips.

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“Alexa, keep this lamp from making my bills skyrocket”

If only it were that easy! 😂 While neither Alexa nor Google Assistant can help you here, VeSync and Voltson offer an Energy Saving Mode. Just set a max dollar amount on your device, and Voltson will monitor its electricity use. Once that max cost is reached, your device is turned off, and you save money on your bills.

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An Away Mode that isn’t so obvious

When you’re out of town for a week, you may want your living room lights to turn on so your place doesn’t look deserted. But it looks odd if it only occurs at 6:00pm sharp every evening. The Away Mode function considers the schedule you set (e.g., 7:00–9:00pm), then chooses at random within ±30 minutes when to switch your lights on and off.

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Reach the lamp that was hard to reach

We personally have many wall outlets that we don’t want to reach for on a daily basis due to obstructing couches, headboards, and generally short arms 🙋‍♂️ But if you manage just once to plug in your lamp with a Voltson outlet, that’s a wall outlet you’ve forever regained control of via phone. Tap away!

Long story short? Turning lamps on/off remotely is fantastic, but you won’t experience your Voltson’s full talent. But now that you know more, there’s a four-pack of outlets waiting on Amazon 😉