How to set a plug timer

Written by: Adele Eliot

Written on: July 14, 2020

How to set a plug timer

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Whether you’re setting the timer on your coffee machine or trying to prevent holiday thefts, plug-in timers are extremely useful.

Although manual rotary timers are still used, the invention of digital timers has allowed users to set whole sequences for their appliances and leave them to come on at different times every day. Both manual and digital timers are easy to program and, once you’ve set them, you know you’ll be waking up to warm coffee the next morning or leaving your house in safe hands.

Plug the timers in. If it is a manual rotary timer, the device should start ticking to show it is counting time. On a digital timer, the display will usually turn on.

Select the correct current time. On a manual rotary timer, you can do this by twisting the wheel until the arrow mark is positioned at the correct time. With a digital timer, ensure that the correct current time is showing on the display.

  • Whether you’re setting the timer on your coffee machine or trying to prevent holiday thefts, plug-in timers are extremely useful.
  • On a manual rotary timer, you can do this by twisting the wheel until the arrow mark is positioned at the correct time.

Program the time you want the electrical appliances to switch on. With a manual timer, you do this by pushing down the segments that correspond to the hours you want the appliance to be turned on. For example, if you wanted a coffee machine to come on between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., you would press down the segments between the numbers “7” and “8.” Depending on the complexity of your digital timer, you will be able to choose the day, hour and minute you want the appliance to come on.

  • Program the time you want the electrical appliances to switch on.
  • Depending on the complexity of your digital timer, you will be able to choose the day, hour and minute you want the appliance to come on.

Program any switching you need into your digital timer. Many models allow users to change the time of day they want their electrical appliance to come on, and you can program several different time and day combinations into the timer in one sitting.

Ensure that the appliance is plugged into the timer, not the plug socket; otherwise, it won’t turn on.

Check that the timer is activated. Manual timers will automatically start counting time, but some digital timers may need you to activate the timer function.

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Increase safety, enhance security, reduce power usage

Smart plugs are some of the most affordable and easy-to-use smart devices, and as a result end up as people’s first introductions to connected devices. Smart plugs make it easy to control the flow of power to any appliance plugged into it.

For example, you might plug a small space heater, curling iron, or laundry iron into a smart plug—all appliances that might start a fire if left on (and let’s face it, we’ve all had to double-check were unplugged.) With a smart plug, a tap of a button is all you need to ensure none of these potentially dangerous appliances are still active.

How to set a plug timer

Smart plugs also let you set timers on how long something is turned on. However, one of the most useful features of a smart plug is the scheduling functionality. This allows you to create down-to-the-minute schedules for when appliances receive power.

Some smart plugs also allow you to set an “Away Mode” during specified periods that will turn an appliance on or off at random. This feature is perfect for a lamp near the window. The random power on-power off cycle of Away Mode simulates the presence of someone in the home and can help strengthen your home security efforts.

This guide will walk you through step-by-step how to create power schedules on your smart plug. While different brands of plugs will vary slightly, most every smart plug operates on a similar basis. For the purposes of this guide, we will be demonstrating with a Kasa TP-Link Mini Smart Plug.

How To Set Power Schedules On Your Smart Plug

The good news is that most smart plugs are intuitive. You don’t need an advanced degree to understand or make sense of them.

  • Open the app and tap your smart plug from the list of available devices.

How to set a plug timer

  • On your screen you should see a list of options: Schedule, Timer, Away, and Runtime. If you don’t see these right away, look for three bars in the top-right or top-left of the screen or for a gear symbol for settings. The option you want is Schedule.

How to set a plug timer

  • The next screen gives you a sort of plug-and-play interface where you select the hour and minute you want your power schedule to activate, as well as what you want it to do.
  • In the example, the smart plug is set to turn on at 6 AM every day of the week except for Saturday and Sunday. Select the hour and minute, as well as the action (you can choose the plug to turn off at that time as well) and then click Save.

How to set a plug timer

The power schedule will appear in the app as one of several possible events. You can set up multiple schedules for the same plug, such as turning a light on at one time and off at another.

That’s all there is to it. Setting up a power schedule is not hard to do at all.

How To Set Up Away Mode On Your Smart Plug

Away Mode is not available on all smart plugs, but if your plug has it as a feature, it’s worth using. If you have a lamp connected to your smart plug, then Away Mode can make it look like someone is turning a light on or off—and the simulated presence of someone in the home is enough to deter most potential intruders.

How to set a plug timer

  • Follow the above steps until you see the row of icons, but rather than choosing Schedule, choose Away.
  • This will open a window where you choose the start time, the end time, and what days of the week you want this mode to repeat. Select those times and press Start.

Again, the setup process is simple. Once you’ve completed this step, Away Mode will be active during the specified hours until you press stop.

Smart plugs are easy to use and a great way to ease into the world of smart home technology. Some plugs also offer other useful features, such as energy monitoring. If you’re curious how much power a given appliance uses, plug it into a smart plug and keep an eye on its draw. You might discover that an energy saving appliance isn’t saving much energy at all.

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Kasa APP is designed to control TP-LINK Smart Plug/Switch locally and also remotely. With Kasa app, we can easily control and monitor TP-LINK Smart Plug/Switch wherever we are and make our home smart.

In previous FAQ, we have introduced “How to connect my TP-LINK Smart Plug/Switch to my home network via Kasa”

Now in this FAQ let’s introduce some advanced settings/features of smart plug/switch.

Before we start, please make sure the device time is correct.

How to set a plug timer

Note: HS210,HS220, RE270K and RE370K do not support away mode.

Schedule

With the schedule feature, we can create an event to determine when to turn on/off the smart plug/switch automatically. Here we take HS100 as an example.

1. On the Kasa app, go to Devices page, click on HS100, then tap Schedule icon.

How to set a plug timer

2. Click on “+” icon to create a schedule, for example:

How to set a plug timer

With the settings in the picture 2, Kasa will turn on the HS100 at 9:50 am every day.

With the settings in the picture 3, Kasa will turn off the HS100 at 5:30 pm on Monday and Sunday.

Remember to tap “Save” button on the bottom to save the schedule settings.

As for how to delete the existing schedule, it’s different according to phone’s operating system. In the Android system, you could touch and hold the schedule, then a message will pop up, click on “OK” to delete the schedule. In the IOS system, you could touch and slide the schedule to the left, the “Delete” option will show up.

Away Mode

Away Mode is a feature to give the appearance you’re home while you’re actually away. During the time period of Away Mode, your kasa device will turn on and off at random intervals.

Click “Away” icon to enter its configuration page.

How to set a plug timer

Here we set Away Mode from 4:50 pm to 5:42 pm on Monday and Tuesday. Click “Start” to save the settings.

With this setting, your device will be randomly turned on and off from 4:50 pm to 5:42 pm on Monday and Tuesday. If you want to turn off the away mode, click on “Stop”.

Timer

With Timer settings, the smart plug will turn on/off automatically after the time you set.

With the settings in the pictures below, Kasa will turn on the HS100 after 30 minutes from now on.

You can click on Start or Stop to enable or disable the Timer function.

How to set a plug timer

Note: If internet fails, Schedule, Away and Timer mode will continue to run as programmed.

Although it’s not likely you‘ll be anywhere near this amount , try to keep the total load in watts of all the stuff your going to run through the timer below 1500 . As long as the total amp draw from the power strip will be less than the timers rated amps then yes you can.

Furthermore, are power strips safer than extension cords? In fact, plugging multiple power strips together, which is known as “daisy-chaining,” is the quickest way to overload your electrical system—and it’s also dangerous and violates most fire safety codes. For the same reason, avoid the use of extension cords with power strips.

Also question is, is it OK to plug a TV into a power strip?

Don’t forget about TVs, lamps, and other household items. All these items plugged into a power strip can put stress on it. A power strip and surge protector power strip look pretty much the same. They’re both skinny, rectangular, plastic boxes with multiple outlets for you to plug in multiple devices.

What can you not put in a surge protector?

7 Things You Should Never Plug Into a Power Strip

  • Hairdressing appliances. You need ’em hot and ready to go, which makes a power strip on the bathroom counter pretty much a godsend when you have only that one outlet.
  • Refrigerator and freezer.
  • Coffee maker.
  • Toaster.
  • Slow cooker.
  • Microwave oven.
  • Space heater.
  • Another power strip.

After successfully adding your Tapo smart device to your home network, you can make full use of the smart device to make your home smart.

-Schedule: Use schedules to set your smart device to automatically turn on and off.

-Away Mode: Set a period of time during which the smart device will be randomly turned on and off to make it look like you’re home.

-Timer: Set a countdown timer to automatically turn the smart device on or off after a certain amount of time.

Follow the instructions below to set schedules when to automatically turn on and off your smart device. Here we take Tapo smart plug as an example.

1. Lanuch the Tapo app, go to the Home page, tap the device to enter its device status page, then tap the icon to create a schedule.

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2. Tap + to add schedules and you can also pause the schedule manually anytime.

: Schedule is in progress. : Schedule is paused.

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Sunrise and Sunset:

Follow the instructions below to set schedules when to automatically turn on and off your smart device at sunrise/sunset or a custom time. Here we take Tapo smart plug as an example.

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Follow the instructions below to set a period of time during which the smart device will be randomly turned on and off. Here we take Tapo smart plug as an example.

1. Lanuch the Tapo app, go to the Home page, tap the device to enter its device status page, then tap the icon to set up Away mode.

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2. Select the start time and end time then tap START, and this smart device will be randomly turned on and off. You can stop the away mode anytime.

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Follow the instructions below to set a countdown timer to automatically turn the smart device on or off after a certain amount of time. Here we take Tapo smart plug as an example.

1. Lanuch the Tapo app, go to the Home page, tap the device to enter its device status page, then tap the icon to set a countdown timer.

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2. Set a countdown timer, toggle on or off the smart device then tap START. You can stop the timer anytime. As the following example shown, we set a timer to automatically turn off the smart device after 30 minutes.

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Note: If internet fails, Schedule, Away and Timer mode will continue to run as programmed.

Written by: Elizabeth Knoll

Written on: July 14, 2020

How to set a plug timer

Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images

Mechanical timers are simple devices that plug into wall outlets and control the power to whatever device is plugged into it. After setting them up properly, they will automatically turn on the device at a predetermined time and then turn it back off at another predetermined time.

Use them to control lighting in your home if you will be away for awhile; this may prevent your house from becoming a crime target. You can also use them for automated applications like grow lights if you have a lot of plants.

  • Mechanical timers are simple devices that plug into wall outlets and control the power to whatever device is plugged into it.

Locate the red “On/Timer” switch on the mechanical timer. Switch it to the “Timer” position.

Plug your timer into an electrical socket that is nearby the appliance or device you want to control.

Turn the dial clockwise to set the current time. Align the bold arrow up to the present time. Take note that the dark coloured times are PM and the light coloured times are AM.

Push all pins on the front of the timer down between the desired on time and the desired off time. This will allow the timer to power the device between the start of the “on time” and will power the device down at the start of the “off time.”

Plug your device directly into the front of the timer. If powering multiple devices, plug a three-way outlet into the front of the timer first and then plug each device into the three-way outlet.

  • Turn the dial clockwise to set the current time.
  • If powering multiple devices, plug a three-way outlet into the front of the timer first and then plug each device into the three-way outlet.

Move the red switch to the “On” position to disable the timer. This will power up the device as long as it is plugged in.

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Written by: Elizabeth Knoll

Written on: July 14, 2020

How to set a plug timer

Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images

Mechanical timers are simple devices that plug into wall outlets and control the power to whatever device is plugged into it. After setting them up properly, they will automatically turn on the device at a predetermined time and then turn it back off at another predetermined time.

Use them to control lighting in your home if you will be away for awhile; this may prevent your house from becoming a crime target. You can also use them for automated applications like grow lights if you have a lot of plants.

  • Mechanical timers are simple devices that plug into wall outlets and control the power to whatever device is plugged into it.

Locate the red “On/Timer” switch on the mechanical timer. Switch it to the “Timer” position.

Plug your timer into an electrical socket that is nearby the appliance or device you want to control.

Turn the dial clockwise to set the current time. Align the bold arrow up to the present time. Take note that the dark coloured times are PM and the light coloured times are AM.

Push all pins on the front of the timer down between the desired on time and the desired off time. This will allow the timer to power the device between the start of the “on time” and will power the device down at the start of the “off time.”

Plug your device directly into the front of the timer. If powering multiple devices, plug a three-way outlet into the front of the timer first and then plug each device into the three-way outlet.

  • Turn the dial clockwise to set the current time.
  • If powering multiple devices, plug a three-way outlet into the front of the timer first and then plug each device into the three-way outlet.

Move the red switch to the “On” position to disable the timer. This will power up the device as long as it is plugged in.

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Kasa APP is designed to control TP-LINK Smart Plug/Switch locally and also remotely. With Kasa app, we can easily control and monitor TP-LINK Smart Plug/Switch wherever we are and make our home smart.

In previous FAQ, we have introduced “How to connect my TP-LINK Smart Plug/Switch to my home network via Kasa”

Now in this FAQ let’s introduce some advanced settings/features of smart plug/switch.

Before we start, please make sure the device time is correct.

How to set a plug timer

Note: HS210,HS220, RE270K and RE370K do not support away mode.

Schedule

With the schedule feature, we can create an event to determine when to turn on/off the smart plug/switch automatically. Here we take HS100 as an example.

1. On the Kasa app, go to Devices page, click on HS100, then tap Schedule icon.

How to set a plug timer

2. Click on “+” icon to create a schedule, for example:

How to set a plug timer

With the settings in the picture 2, Kasa will turn on the HS100 at 9:50 am every day.

With the settings in the picture 3, Kasa will turn off the HS100 at 5:30 pm on Monday and Sunday.

Remember to tap “Save” button on the bottom to save the schedule settings.

As for how to delete the existing schedule, it’s different according to phone’s operating system. In the Android system, you could touch and hold the schedule, then a message will pop up, click on “OK” to delete the schedule. In the IOS system, you could touch and slide the schedule to the left, the “Delete” option will show up.

Away Mode

Away Mode is a feature to give the appearance you’re home while you’re actually away. During the time period of Away Mode, your kasa device will turn on and off at random intervals.

Click “Away” icon to enter its configuration page.

How to set a plug timer

Here we set Away Mode from 4:50 pm to 5:42 pm on Monday and Tuesday. Click “Start” to save the settings.

With this setting, your device will be randomly turned on and off from 4:50 pm to 5:42 pm on Monday and Tuesday. If you want to turn off the away mode, click on “Stop”.

Timer

With Timer settings, the smart plug will turn on/off automatically after the time you set.

With the settings in the pictures below, Kasa will turn on the HS100 after 30 minutes from now on.

You can click on Start or Stop to enable or disable the Timer function.

How to set a plug timer

Note: If internet fails, Schedule, Away and Timer mode will continue to run as programmed.