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.
Original CSF-3XL Super Feeder serviceable for years to come, made in USA and sold by Super-Feed for over 23 years! All parts readily available and easy to replace if ever needed. 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/voice command systems may also be used. See example how Google works for a customer using voice activation.
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-USA style plugs only-not battery operated. Indoor use only.
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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 best portion accuracy, but most other kibbles will work fine up to 5/8" diameter with perhaps a slightly reduced portion accuracy. Please be aware that the feeder will not “count’ kibbles, but tests have shown that an overall portion accuracy of +/- 0.1 to 0.2 ounce from one portion to another is possible. 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 of course apply to any feeder other than one with pre-filled compartments.
NOTE: USING A NAME BRAND LIKE "SCIENCE DIET" IS ONLY A BRAND EXAMPLE.
ABOVE: VERY SIMPLE CUSTOM MOUNTING EXAMPLE TO SUIT APPLICATION
Customer examples of various outdoor installations.
OVERALL SIZE: CSF-3XL Feeder overall size mounted (space needed): 12 x 11 x 25 inches tall
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 like Google:
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!
A great companion to this Super Feeder combo would be adding the Kasa KC120 Cam 1080p Smart Home Security Camera by TP-Link. Unlike so many other built-in cheap camera feeders, that separate day/night camera is perfect because you can place it where you want and vary the field of vision and close-up on whatever you want as well as being able to record, speak and listen to your pet. Makes a great pet monitoring system!
(These systems for reference only and not included)
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.
Iris brand smart outlet:
NOTE: 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. Any socket must not bleed any voltage while in off mode.
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®.
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CAT TRAINED TO HUNT FOR FOOD BY CUSTOMER USING HIS OWN CUSTOMIZED SYSTEM (very funny!)
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.