One recurring issue with smart plugs / sockets is that they are often designed with a specific prong type, so if you want to use them in our country you may have to add an adapter, which may not be ideal, since the socket may fall off or have bad contact.
Sonoff S26 WiFi smart plug solves that issue as ITEAD Studio made it available in six different versions for China, Australia, United Kingdom, Europe type F, Europe type E, and the United States.
Sonoff S26 specifications:
- Standard – US/ UK/ CN/AU/ EU(type F/E)
- Power supply – 90V~250V AC @ 50/60Hz
- Max. Current – 10A
- Max power – 2200W
- Connectivity – 802.11.b/g/n 2.4G WiFi with WEP/TKIP/AES encyprtion, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK security
- Dimensions – 104 x 55 x 73 mm (Fire Retardant ABS enclosure)
- Weight – 130 grams
- Temperature Range – 0ºC-40ºC
- Humidity- 5%-90%RH, Non-condensing
- Certification – CE
Just like other Sonoff devices, Sonoff S26 can be controlled via eWelink app fo Android or iOS, and works with Google Nest / Goole Home, Amazon Alexa and IFTTT. However, as usual, while the smart socket has some safety features, the company did not independently certify it with UL/ETL or TUV, so it may cause troubles with your insurance in case of fire.
It’s very likely the socket is based on ESP8266 or ESP8285, so open source firmware support may come soon from either Sonoff-Tasmota or ESPurna projects.
Pricing is very competitive, as the smart plug sells for $8.50 for the US and China version, and $9.50 for the other countries.>
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.