I have only had it a couple of weeks but it is fine so far. Better than the previous kind that I had been using. Nice that the food supply is so visible (though that may drive the raccoons crazy). Seems sturdy and well-made. The suggested installation using PVC pipe is good and should put the feeder out of the reach of the raccoons - especially because I have an electric fence between them and the feeder. I got the electronic timer. A little fussy to set up but one only has to do it once because the settings are battery backed up.
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Great deal on quart size Koi-pond Super Feeder--Combo Deal includes: KSF-2 outdoor Super Feeder with 2ea. 2-CUP clear hopper extensions making the feeder over a quart capacity (can be increased with additional hopper extensions or matched 1.5 gallon hopper), mounting bracket and strap, hardware, ACDT-20 7-day digital timer (must be kept indoors or well sheltered) which will provide up to 8 daily feeding cycles, 50 feet of wire, and an indoor low voltage power adapter (various outdoors approved power adapters and timers are also available individually or with another combo deal if you plan on installing them in outdoor conditions). This 7-Day digital timer will keep exact time and programs even during power failures or disconnection because of its battery back-up feature. It will also allow various daily or weekly feeding cycles. If you anticipate wild animals around the feeder, mount it securely with perhaps an additional metal strap at the top (available separately), or make your own. Lots of ways to mount it (see our websites). Feeder size: 7x3x12 inches tall--Voltage required: Power supply (supplied) 120V-60Hz 12VAC or DC output, all timers 120V 60Hz--Wi-Fi Socket 110V-240VAC 50-60Hz. USA style plugs only-not battery operated but could be. 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).
Mounting examples: http://www.super-feed.com/outdr.html
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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.
How to use feeder with a home automation system: You can plug the supplied power adapter into a 120V 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: If enclosed out of weather, 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/