Plug in timers are a really handy product to have in the home. They can save you money, deter burglars and ensure you come home to a warm, bright house on cold winter nights. Timer plugs are also ideal for specialised functions such as Christmas lights, greenhouse heaters, grow lamps, fish tank pumps and any other item that needs to be turned on for certain periods of time.
When choosing a plug in timer don’t forget to consider the following features…
Digital or Mechanical
As opposed to mechanical timers, digital timers or electrical plugin timers tend to be silent. They often have a clear LCD display and some electronic timers feature a battery back up to save your settings. Some have a surge protection feature too.
On the other hand mechanical timers are very straightforward to set. These timer plugs make a soft clicking sound when in use and do not fail in the case of a power outage.
Most timer plugs can be set for a range of times so you can, for example, turn lamps on and off twice a day. Some plug in timers also feature a countdown timer which is handy when you want something to turn off after a certain amount of time. This feature is great for charging appliances and devices.
Another setting available on the best plug in timers is an interval setting. This feature allows you to have an appliance come on for a certain amount of time periodically. This is great for fish tank pumps, grow lights, fans, heaters and anything else that you don’t want to run all day.
Some plug timers have a child lock feature so look out for this if you have inquisitive youngsters in the house.
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