This morning I received a package in the post which included a couple of Blitzwolf Smart sockets including the BW-SHP6 (2350w).
You may then recall that I’d been made aware that there was a “pro” version of the SHP6 model of smart socket – same name (exactly) but higher capacity and power monitoring – slightly different number on the case.
Well, I have one of the latter now – again simply called the BlitzWolf® BW-SHP6 Smart Socket – the Banggood link is above – this is NOT the same as the older, non-pro version as this one handles up to 3450W and of course the unit also has Power Monitoring (voltage, amps, watts). There seems to be no distinction in the part name or number – just the clear printed reference to max. wattage as above. Meanwhile…
Blitzwolf BW-SHP5 (3680w)
In addition to that I now have the BlitzWolf® BW-SHP5 2.1A Dual USB Ports 16A Smart WIFI Socket and this one, as well as handling 3680w and having power monitoring, also has two handy USB sockets on the underside – 5v at 2.1A total – and all of this can, if you like, be controlled by the Blitzwolf APP.
Setup took seconds – I simply plugged the sockets into our 220v mains outlets one at a time and started up the APP, telling it that I had new devices. Again within seconds the sockets (one at a time) were registered with the APP and once both were done, I checked the USB switching on the SHP5 and the power out and power monitoring on both. As we have electric heat back in Spain these will be ideal – smaller, less powerful smart sockets simply would not handle that amount of power. I believe our heating radiators are no more than 2KW worst case (and these are not very inductive loads) so I don’t expect any issues. As heat is where most of our winter electricity charges come from, the automomous timing and power monitoring ability will come in handy.
As most of you know I tend not to use cloud operation for essential features so despite the perfect operation you see above, I have already now converted these (using Tuya-convert) to run the Tasmota firmware – and I made use of the templates for these sockets at the Blakadder site. But that’s just me. The sockets run just fine out of the box with Alexa, power monitoring, scheduling and more – in the case of the BW-SHP5 including separately controlled dual USB output..
Update July 2020
And thinking about it I have an immediate use for this BW-SHP-5 – I have an old timer in our main medroom in Spain and we have a loud and fairly powerful fan which circulates air through a pipe. It needs no special IOT control as it just runs twice a day – but the existing timer while being LCD, doe not handle summer/winter – and also the large timer takes up valuable space in a solitary power socket near the bed.
I’ve just set the timezone on the SHP5 aned set a pulsetime of 30 minutes – so the simplest of rules will allow the SHP5 to control the fan – and simultaneously allow my phone and tsblet a good overnight charge with automatic cut off using the built-in twin switched USB outputs.
pulsetime1 1900 rule1 on time#minute=660 do power1 1 endon on time#minute=1808 do power1 1 endon rule1 on
pulsetime2 14500 rule2 on time#minute=660 do power2 1 endon rule2 on