Purchased this feeder for use at our cabin. My two cats have used this model at home for several years, and the operation has been flawless. Without the automatic feeder, the cats were always begging for food and free feeding is not an option because of a weight issue in one of the cats. Portion control is excellent with this feeder. The cats receive 3 small feedings and additional wet food once or twice daily so they are happy. When a petsitter is needed, they can come only once daily.
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If you don't mind a blemish here and there like a scratch/nick that you may not even notice, this is a great buy. This brand new Super Feeder carries the same 1-year warranty, excluding of course the blemishes, as any other Super Feeder. This basic package comes with a power adapter (type may vary) with 6' cord and jack plug, metal black powder-coat mounting bracket and strap, other hardware, two 2-cup capacity clear extensions, which give the feeder a total capacity of 1 quart and 3/4 cup. INCREASE ITS CAPACITY NOW OR LATER WITH THE 1.5 GALLON HOPPER AVAILABLE SEPARATELY. All you will need to operate it is any plug-in lamp/appliance timer (analog or digital), home automation system, etc...You MUST mount it to a 2x4 stud, 4x4, hang it, or make your own wood mount/platform (NOT for free-standing). This feeder will feed from a few food bits to a cup or more many times per day. The frequency of daily feeding cycles is totally dependent on the amount of "on-off" cycles your remote timer has. If installed outdoors, it should be properly protected against wild animals and its power supply should be enclosed out of the weather. The quantity is adjustable at the feeder. It's brand-new, but remember that although plastic on feeder and/or accessories may have some imperfections, proper operation is not affected and covered under warranty. Feeder may consist of early or late model housing and chute cover depending on what is in stock at time of order. Voltage required: Power supply (included) 110-240VAC 50-60Hz 12VDC output, USA style plugs only-not battery operated. If a 120V power source is not available, you may even use any of our 6-24V timers listed here to use your own low voltage power source (some wiring required).
ABOVE: VERY SIMPLE CUSTOM MOUNTING EXAMPLE TO SUIT APPLICATION
MORE EXAMPLES FROM CUSTOMERS: http://www.super-feed.com/small.html
Note: Small 1/4" round (spherical) kibbles like offered by Science Diet or other brands are recommended for very best performance. Please be aware that the feeder does not “count’ kibbles, but tests have shown that an overall accuracy of +/- .1 to .2 ounce from one portion to another is possible with recommended kibbles. Most other kibbles will work well up to 5/8" diameter, but with so many shapes/sizes of kibbles on the market, it is impossible to predict exact results as far as exact accuracy is concerned. Although performance is guaranteed with recommended food as described, please be advised that due to variance of kibble sizes and shapes, 100% portion accuracy simply cannot be guaranteed for all feed cycles. That would apply to any feeder feeding oddly shaped kibbles.
NOTE: USING A NAME BRAND LIKE "SCIENCE DIET" IS ONLY A BRAND EXAMPLE AND DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT YOU ARE USING "RECOMMENDED" KIBBLE TYPE AS LISTED ABOVE IF YOU MUST HAVE THE BEST PORTION ACCURACY.
INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS WITH 220-240V: Please click on "Q&A/Shipping" above and http://www.super-feed.com/international_order_policy.htm
The feeder, as is, must be appropriately protected from wild animals if installed outdoors! Examples can be found at super-feed.com by clicking on http://www.super-feed.com/small.html.
How to operate the Super Feeder® with a cell phone, iPad, Android device or home automation system with with voice command like Alexa or other type:
First, be sure to adjust your super feeder's desired portion size by plugging the power supply into a power outlet and adjusting the feed duration controller with the little supplied plastic screwdriver as explained in your feeder's manual or video. Then plug the power supply into the Smart Plug after you have installed it just like you would a lamp.
System we tested and recommend:
The TP-LINK HS100 Smart Wi-Fi Plug is perfect to control your Super Feeder® remotely for up to 15 meals/snacks per day. It is one of the easiest we tested to install and use. Just follow directions included with the Smart Wi-Fi Plug. All you will need to do once installed is program suggested 2 minutes of "on" time for each feed cycle time of day you want. Make sure you program "on" and "off" time, i.e. 8:00 AM and off at 8:02 AM for each time of day you want to feed your pet. Also select all or certain days of the week you want to trigger your Super Feeder® to feed your pet. The feeder runs only for time in seconds you previously adjusted the feeder to give you the portion needed and then stops. You may of course trigger your Super Feeder® anytime by remotely turning it on for a few seconds and turning it back off yourself from your device. You may install and operate several Wi-Fi Plugs and feeders simultaneously in different places within range of local Wi-Fi. Note: The feeder must have been powered down for at least 2 minutes between feed cycles to assure it triggers again. If it has not been off long enough like repeatedly turning it on and off, the feeder will not work, which is normal. You could also control the Super Feeder® by voice command using this TP-LINK Smart Plug compatible with Amazon Alexa®. The TP-Link Camera could be a great addition. Many ways to operate your Super Feeder®. This is what makes it so unique!
Other systems recommended by past customers:
For Wi-Fi control, the Wemo Wi-Fi switches by Belkin have been used successfully. Various systems that are currently being used are available from smarthome.com Note: Some systems offered on the market today suffer from perpetual changes and updates rendering some systems unusable if not compatible with certain Wi-Fi systems. Some Wi-Fi switches on the market may not work if the socket does not turn off completely (some do and some may not like used for dimming lights), meaning that any residual power coming out of it during its off time will prevent the feeder from resetting itself between programmed feed cycles and will prevent it from triggering.
Using various timers:
You still retain the option to use just about any type of common lamp timer to operate your Super Feeder®. Anything that will turn on a lamp or appliance will trigger and operate the Super Feeder®.
I bought this model to go along with other feeders I bought about 5 years ago, because we get a new cat and they don't like sharing. Although it is marked (and discounted) as "blemished" I couldn't see why. It looks great, and works great! My cats haven't ever been able to game these machines, and I never have to worry about reliability. It's super sturdy and easy to set up, and my cats dont bother me all day long for extras because I'm not the food source anymore! If you are on the fence at all, go for it! It's the best product I have ever bought in my life, no exaggeration.
For years I had been manually dispensing food to my cats everyday until (after a whiile) it got to be a big repetitive chore. I went through the normal stages, buying a very cheap feeder but that only solved part of the problem. I was still faced with filling up that feeder on a daily basis (figuring the exact amount each time) and sometimes more than once a day if I was going to be gone for any length of time from home. Finally, in the Winter of 2013 I bought my first Super-Feeder CSF-3 (off of the Amazon site). It was priced within range for this type high quality of type of feeder and included most of the available options (including the chute, stand, and timer). After receiving it I followed SF's advice and decided to watch their video first. That made assembly a breeze (I could freeze it at crucial points, review what I might have missed, and set up the included timer more easily instead of trying to read paper instructions). After assembly, that feeder has been working non-stop for just about 2 and a half years. I no longer have to carry feeders from the pet's eating area to the kitchen, figure the servings, then take them back every single day. Now, I may load the feeder once a week using just the standard 2-section food hopper (there is a gallon option option so if you need it, they have it !) As I said, my first feeder included all options, so was priced higher because of that ; then I thought (hmmm, it'd be nice if both pets had these automated feeders). That would free up so much time for me every day. So, I began the search, checked directly of SF's website, and found that they sold the same CSF-3 without the options, and that purchase would save me over $75. I just had to be willing to make my own stand (a couple of 2x4s did the trick in no time flat) and I purchased a good timer (just 10 more bucks) from the local big box store. After assembly I had a worked unit (which they labeled as 'blemished' but this item has no flaws at all that I can see). So, definitely, if you're on a budget, go for the no-frills CSF-3 ( but if you want the timer, the stand, the detachable and whatever other extras come with the full package, then try that). Excellent customer service, high quality workmanship, and the pets actually do get attached to the Super Feeder after a few days 8-)
I was a little skeptical at first because of the price. My wife and travel a lot so we needed something to feed our outdoor cat when we were away. I purchased the Cat feeder in December 2011. I built a wooden enclosure and has been outdoors from day one. I live in Southern Michigan so it sees temperatures from -10F to 100F. It is still working excellent to this day. I highly recommend this feeder to anyone that is looking for a high quality feeder that will last. If you use these feeders outdoors you will have to adjust the volume adjustment screw differently in summer and winter to get the same amount of food per activation. I think the plastic inside is softer with warm temperatures so it allows more food to flow out when it is warmer outside.
This feeder was purchased to give our original feeder a rest. We are campers and knowing the guys are being fed takes the stress away.
I tried different models of food dispensers and they don'T last or don't work as advertised.... till now! Superfeeder is very good. I installed my 2 machines (have 2 cats and they don't share!) in minutes. Works great as advertised. Very compact units and seem very robust and durable. Only downside is the adjustments. The time knob would be nice if it had a more precise mesure than turning half turn each time! Also a graduated width adjustment for the pellets. Since I have 2 machines would have been easier to configure the same! I recommend this product to every pet ownwers. PS: Very good customer service and email response time.
My wife and I breed show rabbits. They are kept on a pretty strict feeding schedule so that they are in top shape. We attach these units over the J feeders on each cage. We have digital timers for each rabbit so we can take care of their individual needs. Even though rabbits generally spook pretty easy, mine came to the feeders after the auto feeder stopped and ate normally. We plan to use these units for nights when we are out past the regular feeding time or for weekend trips. Will be buying a nanny cam so I can see the feeders working. Definitely recommend them, they worked like a charm.
A great product. Cat proof. you have full control of how often and how much food is dispensed, unlike other feeders. worth the price.