I purchased the Superfeeder a few years ago for when we go on vacation, so the use is sporadic. It works great and distributes the correct amount of food. The cats will hover around when the timer is set to go off so they do learn. Never had any problems with it and it is very well made. I decided to buy a second one to supplement the first one since I have a cat with a special diet. The only issue that might happen is the connection between the feeder and large hopper. It is held by friction and a small screw, if knocked over it might possibly break or if lifted by the hopper. A solution would be to use clear packing tape to make a cat proof solid connection. Great American product and service to match.
Made in USA for 23+ years! Adjust it from very tiny to larger portions up to 48 times per day. A very easy to program analog timer is included. Some Wi-Fi/automation systems may also be used.
This Super Feeder® now features a special dishwasher-safe bowl made with a special high-grade kitchenware material known as SAN by Kibisan® and especially designed to spread kibbles to the outer edge for better food access to pets and away from the feeder's chute cover. It also features an analog timer (style may vary) with very easy to program tiny pins used to trigger the feeder up to 48 times per day 30 minutes apart. THIS FEEDER COMBO INCLUDES : CSF-3 Cat/Small Animal Super Feeder, a heavy-duty black ABS stand with rubber feet and new black powder-coated mounting bracket, two clear polycarbonate 2-Cup hopper extensions, a 1.5 gallon (24 cups) hopper for a total of about 5 lbs of food that you can stack on top of one or two clear extensions or directly on the feeder when needed, a low voltage power adapter with 6 cord, and detailed instructions. Its ready to assemble with a supplied screwdriver. The minor assembly is well worth the effort for a dependable Super Feeder®! Power supply (supplied) 110-240VAC 50-60Hz 12VDC output, all timers 120V 60Hz- Wi-Fi Socket 110V-240VAC 50-60Hz. USA style plugs only-not battery operated.
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This feeder with stand is recommended for indoor use only. The stand should not be used outdoors. If you have a crafty "locksmith" cat when it comes to trying to get to the food, the special chute cover protective device is installed, which will help prevent unwanted food extraction!
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.
ABOVE: VERY SIMPLE CUSTOM MOUNTING EXAMPLE TO SUIT APPLICATION
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How to use the feeder with a regular external timer: Basically any plug-in timer like a lamp timer can be used. Just follow directions included in feeder's manual.
OVERALL SIZE: CSF-3XL Feeder overall size mounted (space needed): 12 x 11 x 25 inches tall
How to use feeder with a home automation system: You can plug the supplied power adapter into a 100-240V module controlled by your system. You then turn the module on for a couple of minutes with your system, which in turn triggers and powers the feeder. The feeder runs only for time in seconds you adjusted the feeder to give you the portion you want and then stops. When you turn the power off for a couple of minutes, the feeder resets itself and is once again ready to be triggered at the next programmed time. If your system has 12 to 24 volts output ac or dc, you can do away with the feeder's own power adapter and hook directly to the feeder. You could also control the feeder's run time entirely with your external system by setting the feeder's feed time controller to its maximum setting of 70 seconds. NOTE: We recommend our Wi-Fi socket listed on this store as ACWIFI Socket for iPhone control (see details). Systems below have also been known to work fine. Iris brand "smart outlet" in-wall has been reported to work with smart phone. Z-Wave Smart Outlet the "Quirkey+GE Outlink Smart Outlet systems will work. Some systems by Leviton may not work properly due to the fact that their systems such as Z-Wave module, Z-Wave receptacle and dimming modules may not completely turn off and thus not work with the Super Feeder.
Examples of home automation systems used with this feeder:
Remote-Controllable Dual Outlet: http://www.smarthome.com/insteon-2663-222-on-off-outlet-white.html/
I had a different feeder before, and we loved not having to get up at the crack of dawn to feed hungry cats. I did a lot of research, and finally decided to purchase this one after the one I previously had just mysteriously stopped working. This one costs a little more, but I like the fact that it is made in the USA, I can get replacement parts, and I can potentially get it repaired if the need arises. It wasn't difficult to put together (even for someone challenged with things like that such as myself). The video was very helpful. I like that the timer is external - less issues to go wrong with the unit. I have 2 cats, and they can eat together from the one bowl quite easily. I did not need to fashion a system to feed them separately - although they get along fine when it comes to food. The way the dispenser dispenses food is different as well. I feel that food will not get jammed in there, if that could be an issue with certain feeders. It is easy to adjust to different sizes of food as well, which I thought was unique. Our other feeder emitted a loud beep when it was feeding time, which this one doesn't. I have to say I am loving that in the wee hours of the morning! This one is quiet enough that I don't hear it. So far so good... I'm hoping it lasts longer than the year my previous feeder lasted!
The feeder was pretty simple to put together I did watch the video but also read the instructions. I like how my cat cannot stick his paw up in chute to food out. I have yet to attach the hopper since I wanted to see how it would work without it. So far it has worked out great.