Rated 3.0 out of 5 by 39
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by customer Garbage
It's ridiculous that you'd have to perform the suggested battery routine on a brand new product but even that didn't work. I'm pretty good at figuring this stuff out, too.
This one's going back to the store.
Don't buy it.
December 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Scartizzu This timer is great
I see all the bad reviews but I have several of these timers and they work flawlessly for months now not one problem also have their larger two plug version it has a larger LCD and may prove easier too read for some. I also had one of mine that didnt have contact on the battery at purchase but ya easy to figure out that the batt just wasn't making contact. The programming can be a bit confusing but once you get it in your mind how it actually functions its super. Just know that when you set the trigger time it won't come on in auto mode until the actual trigger time comes around after that first trigger it will work automatically every time. In auto mode.
February 16, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by John Doesn't Work
The huge flaw with this product is that it does not completely stop power flow. I had two lights connected that were receiving a small amount of power. Luckly they were not damaged but they were putting out a small amount of light, defeating the purpose of the timer.
Even without the problem above, this timer is annoying to use because you cannot change the program on the fly. You have to wait until the next time it turns off and then back on in the future for it to work on the changed schedule.
Avoid this product at all costs. I am looking for a replacement now. I will probably go with two mechanical timers at this point.
January 9, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Mungo loses time, then timer quit working at all
this looks like a great idea, but fails in execution. Since I had it set to start at 06:00 & shutoff at 11:59, I didn't notice at first that the clock was inaccurate by an hour after a month or so.
I reprogrammed it, the clock seems to keep time ( for the last hour at least ) but the programming in auto mode doesn't work at all. The plugs work in manual mode, but not in timer.
this goes back tomorrow and expect to see to mechanical timers in my house again. Or pro quality digital.
FYI, the back of the box says this is not for use with aquariums. If you have expensive fish, don't go cheap on the timer.
December 11, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by tigger Dead Within Minutes
I bought two of these to save power on my home entertainment systems. Pulled out the battery "rip cord", sat down and programmed - took about 10 minutes. I plugged in all the gadgets and plugged the strip into the wall and... nothing. The strip wouldn't turn on anything. When I tried changing the mode I noticed the clock had reset and all of the programming was randomized. Unplugged the unit and sat down to reprogram when it saved me the trouble by freaking out and finally going blank screen: completely dead.
Total time from first use to completely dead: approximately 20 minutes.
April 30, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bkinct excellent
Very good product.Display easy to read,easy to program,without reading instructions.Nice to have 4 non timer outlets and battery back-up.One negative,not a surge protector.Plan to order another
February 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JRGAJ Works Great
I bought two despite the bad recommendations and followed the most recent post about tightening the back-up battery compartment. They both have worked flawless for almost a month. The programming was staight forward but if you have never programmed one before it could be a little confusing the first time. This has been the best powerstrip/timer I have found. Four timed and four hot outlets give you lots of options. Receipt is ready for a return if they start failing.Having to modify a brand new product to get it to work would be my only negative comment.
December 3, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BoarDLaze Reliable Power Strip With Lots of Outlets and Flexible Programming.
We've been using ours for more than four years.
It does exactly what it should, and does it reliably; but there are a few caveats.
Several other reviewers already covered the battery contact situation -- so, enough said.
Another thing to watch out for is that the programming won't "take," until the clock has run all the way through one cycle -- 24 hours for most purposes. It not only happens when you first program it, but every time you change the clock.
I suspect this is what confused the "tech savvy" reviewer who gave the strip one star, as well as a few others.
You'll also need to wait out a cycle if there's a power failure while your battery's dead.
On top of that, the instruction sheet is poorly written and confusing.
But once you've got it figured out, the combination of four programmed outlets with four more "always on" outlets lends a lot of flexibility. All in all, five stars is fair.
November 16, 2014