We recently became a sponsor for a "Blue Collar Cat" in Washington, DC. (Non-adoptable feral cats are placed with a sponsor family or company needing rodent abatement.) We purchased a superfeeder CSF-3 with the outdoor adapter, and in Dec installed it in the new feeding station. It was easy to put together with the online instructions, and thus far, works as advertised. I bought this feeder based on reviews from outdoor/feral cat websites, and think we will be happy with it. It is sturdy and can be installed many different ways. I didn't realize this outdoor adapter package did not come with the bowl and stand ... and customer service was VERY helpful and timely in getting one out to me (thank you!). Once our cat is ready to leave her enclosure in a few weeks I have a few ideas for rodent and insect proofing an urban feeding station, and will send photos.
Original CSF-3 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. Many modes of operation, indoor or outdoor applications and ease of maintenance and repairs. Trusted brand for years and years by thousands of customers. See example how Alexa works for a customer using voice activation.
SPECIAL OUTDOOR PACK FOR CSF-3 QUART (compact at 4 and 3/4 cups capacity which can be increased later if needed-physical size: 7 1/4" x 3" deep x 12" tall) This feeder comes with installed chute cover, outdoor approved power adapter with 6' cord and plug to reach timer and outlet, 7-Day outdoor Super Feeder approved digital timer for up to 20 daily feed cycles and 50 feet of wire to reach your feeder from the outlet/timer. Also included is a small indoor type power supply the feeder’s box ONLY used to adjust feed cycle time (portion) in the comfort of your home before mounting feeder outside, after which time you will ONLY use the outdoor power supply to operate your feeder once mounted outside. With this package, it is recommended that you strap the upper hopper clear extension with an additional metal strap (not supplied but available) or other method of your own. CHUTE COVER IMPORTANT NOTE: EVEN THOUGH THE CHUTE COVER WILL PROTECT THE CHUTE OPENING FROM THE OUTDOOR ELEMENTS, IT WILL NOT PROTECT INTRUSION BY LARGE ANIMALS, PARTICULARLY RACCOONS WHO COULD BREAK IT OFF. THE CHUTE AREA SHOULD BE ADEQUATELY PROTECTED BY AN EXTERNAL DEVICE OR THE FEEDER INSTALLED IN AN ENCLOSURE OF SOME TYPE AS SHOWN THROUGHOUT OUR WEBSITES WITH PAST CUSTOMER PICTURES.
Voltage required: Power supply (supplied) 110-240VAC 50-60Hz 12VDC output, all timers 120V 60Hz-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).
Also, if you are not going to protect the whole feeder with an enclosure of some type, you should fasten the upper clear 2-cup extension to the mount to make sure both cannot be ripped off. You may purchase an extra metal strap available from this site to do that. The XL model does not need that because the large hopper comes with an extra strap.
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 with recommended kibbles. 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 other than one with pre-filled compartments.
NOTE: USING A NAME BRAND LIKE "SCIENCE DIET" IS ONLY A BRAND EXAMPLE.
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OVERALL SIZE: CSF-3 Feeder overall size (space needed): 7 x 3 x 12 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:
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®.
See WiFi Plug info