Smart tech is gaining popularity and more and more as people are equipping their homes with Home Assistants, Smart bulbs, smart lights etc.

I think it is good, it is also good fun but if like me you have a disability, well it can be almost essential now!

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The Teckin 4 pack of Smart Plugs is currently (2nd Jan 2020) on offer at £52.99 £39.99 and so these plugs come in at just under £10 and you get free delivery with Amazon Prime.

Teckin Smart Plugs

I already had one smart plug that controlled the water feature and cost over £12 and in comparison it looks rough. The Teckin Smart plugs are round and have an On/Off button on the side and they look like a good quality plug with a nice finish that has a slight sheen.

Operating and setting up the lights is very straight forward and is done via the Smart Life app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

Once that is installed, plug in your Teckin Smart Plug and press and hold the On/Off button for a few seconds and when you release it, the light will be flashing.

Smart Life App screen shot

Press the + in the top right and follow the on-screen instructions and when the plug is added, you can edit it and rename the plug according to what it controls.

Now if you have Amazon Alexa or Google Home Assistant it can also be operated via that and I have an Echo Dot and when the plug was set up, Alexa announced it had been added. Then it was a case of editing the name on there.

Via the Smart Life app you can turn the plug On and Off and even add a widget to control the plugs. You can add a schedule based on Day and Time and even a countdown till you want the plug to switch off.

Using Alexa for me added an extra ability and that was via the Alexa routines and so for the Water Feature, I could have it switch on at Sunrise and Off st Sunset and the Lounge Lamp comes on at Sunset and is timed to switch off at 10pm.

Or you can just ask Alexa to turn on or off and say the name of the plug.

It really is as simple as that!

We had our Christmas Tree lights extension lead plugged in to one and this was handy as accessing the plug to switch it on and off is not easy and was being done by hanging over the back of a settee and using an umbrella to poke the switch.

Four nicely made and nice looking smart plugs which do not require a hub to run for £39.99.

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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