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Turn even ordinary devices into smart assistants. It’s easy with a Smart Plug

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Are you a smart home enthusiast but there are many „dumb“ products in your home? Then we have good news for you. You can easily turn an ordinary device into a Smart one. All you need is a Smart Plug from TESLA. Although there is a wealth of smart products on the market, many of us find a conventional device at home that cannot be replaced by a smart alternative. But even that doesn't have to stop you on your journey to modern living. Reach for a smart socket.

We recommend that you carefully consider the location of the socket and the number of appliances that may need to be connected before choosing. This will make control and automation settings as efficient as possible.

The TESLA Smart Plug is the ideal solution for conventional electrical devices such as lamps, TVs, heaters or even fans that you would like to control remotely. How do you turn a dumb appliance into a smart one, you ask? Easily. In layman's terms, you just need to plug the device into a smart socket. The rest is done through the TESLA Smart app on your phone. With this app you can switch the device on and off, set automations and scenarios, and even monitor energy consumption. 

You will find several variants in the range of smart sockets. You can choose from the Smart Plug with one port or the Smart Plug Dual with two ports or go for the version with an added USB plug, the Smart Plug 2 USB. If you need to connect multiple devices at once, you'll appreciate the Smart Power Strip with a total of seven ports - three standard and four USB. 

One app controls everything

You don't have to worry about the number of ports complicating operation. After pairing the outlet with the TESLA Smart app, you can name the entire outlet and individual ports according to the devices plugged in, so you know exactly which one you're controlling. 

For example, imagine getting a one-port socket for the kitchen and a seven-port extension cable for the living room. You can then name them by room in the app. For each room you can also define the specific devices involved, for example in the living room; the TV, set-top box, Playstation and chargers. So, there's nothing easier than just activating whichever device you feel like when you need it. A romantic evening watching a movie? Choose TV and set-top A pleasant evening with friends? Let the PlayStation come to life. 

Additionally, if you're a fan of intelligent personal assistants, then you'll be pleased to know that you can easily connect to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Even non-smart devices can be controlled by voice commands. 

The TESLA Smart app can also make your home a safer place. You can see which socket is switched on at any given time. So, you don't have to worry if you've unplugged the iron or the kettle when you leave the house. Simply check whether the socket is active or not. 

Automation for the smart home 

Although controlling appliances via smartphone is a big help, a truly smart home is all about automation and scenarios. And with the TESLA Smart app, there are many ways to automate devices. 

The most basic function is to set the on and off time. This is ideal for those with a weekend house, as for example, who can use a few clicks to ensure that the lights are switched on daily, ensuring that the place never looks deserted. You can also use automation if you want to save money. You can set the sockets to switch off automatically when you leave the house. This will help you avoid Stand by mode and unnecessary wasting of energy. 

What to remember when setting up scenarios?

Make the most of the smart socket when creating scenarios. You simply tell your appliances how to behave in certain situations. If you're the owner of multiple Tesla products, specific examples are probably already coming to mind. The ideal choice is, for example, pairing with sensors.

Tips for setting up automations and scenarios: 

  • Lamp + motion sensor: The lamp lights up if it detects movement in the room. 
  • Fan + window sensor: The fan starts when the window closes. 
  • Heating + temperature sensor: The heating starts if the temperature in the room drops below a certain level. 
  • Time automation: Switches the socket and the devices in it on/off at the times you choose. 
  • Position automation: Turns the socket on/off when you come/leave home. 
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Bear in mind that two options need to be set for each situation. That is, one in which the situation occurs and one in which it does not occur. For example, if you pair a motion sensor and a smart socket with a lamp, you need to set both option A (the sensor detects motion and turns the lamp on) and option B (the sensor does not detect motion and does not turn the lamp on).

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Energy consumption under control

An important added value that every user will appreciate in these energy-demanding times is control over energy consumption. And the TESLA Smart Plug does this twice - firstly by measuring the power flow in the sockets and secondly by activating only the ports you are currently using. 

The power flow measurement function provides information about the power consumption of the socket, both at any given moment and in the long term. You can see all the readings in the app, making it easy to spot the "electricity guzzlers" that are increasing your energy bills. The second way to reduce energy costs is to use only the ports you need. In practice, this means that the other devices remain completely switched off. And not only in Stand By mode, as is the case with standard sockets, but colloquially speaking, other appliances will be completely “out of juice”. This will really keep costs to a minimum.

Whether you choose a smart socket to save energy or to turn conventional "dumb" appliances into intelligent smart devices, its features can make it the first step towards a smarter, safer and more energy-efficient home. 

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Unfortunately, even a smart socket cannot change all devices. It is suitable primarily for small appliances and devices with standard on/off control, where you set the switch to the ON position and then leave everything to the app. For example, you will not be able to use it for large devices such as a boiler or instruments with digital controls.

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Control your smart home with a simple app. Just download the app, add individual TESLA products and set their behaviour. Anyone can do it. In addition, the app is fully localised in many languages.

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