We have two cats. Our black female always wakes my wife at about 4:30am pawing at her. We bought the feeders to automate the feeding in hopes that the cat wouldn't waker her. The feeders work well but the cat still torments her. We had to add the chute covers because our cat learned to get additional food out by working the feed chute. I'd suggest getting the models that include the cover. Couldn't find any blemishes!
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If you don't mind a few blemishes or just being the early model feeder without a chute cover, this is a great buy. This Super Feeder is brand new and carries the same warranty 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. If installed outdoors, it should be properly protected against wild animals and its power supply should be enclosed out of the weather. 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. The quantity is adjustable at the feeder. Voltage required: Power supply 110-240VAC 50-60Hz 12VDC output, all timers 120V 60Hz- Wi-Fi Socket 110V-240VAC 50-60Hz. 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).
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.
ABOVE: VERY SIMPLE CUSTOM MOUNTING EXAMPLE TO SUIT APPLICATION
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It is not designed for free-standing. 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!
(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.
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®.