Broadlink SP1, a low cost Wi-Fi smart socket released last year, allows you to control your electric appliance with your mobile device running iOS or Android. You could turn it on or off, set timers, and so on. An updated model is now available, Broadlink SP2, that adds energy monitoring to the features found in the previous model, to track your historic and live power consumption on your smartphone or tablet, as well as a motion sensor to automatically turn off the lights, for instance, if you are away (Auto Home / Auto Away feature).
The hardware specifications are very similar to SP1 except it’s using a case made of polycarbonate plastic instead of ABS, and the device is a bit bigger:
- Material – PC
- Wi-Fi – 802.11 b/g/n
- Power Plug – Three flat-pin plug (Australia type)
- Voltage – 100~265V @ 50-60 Hz
- Output Current – 10A
- Output Power – 2300W max.
- Dimensions – 12.3 cm x 7 cm x 6.5 cm
- Durability – > 50,000 On/Off
- Temperature Range – -10 C to 60 C
The smart socket comes with a user’s manual in English. Just like with SP1, you’ll need a plug adapter or a universal power strip to use the plug, if you don’t live in Australia, China, Argentina, New Zealand, and the few other countries using this type of plug.
The “Broadlink” app is apparently the same as for SP1 for iOS 5+ and Android 2.2+ and support English as well as simplified and traditional Chinese. The company SP2 page is not very clear, and there are also other iOS and Android apps, but they must be for other products.
You can purchase Broadlink SP2 on DealExtreme for $45.24, but it should eventually be closer to $36, as it’s available for 179 CNY (About $29) on Taobao excluding shipping. For reference, Broadlink SP1 sells for $35 on dx.com.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.