My 3rd/4th one I've purchased for the cats. Never any problems with them and they do their job. For extended feedings or unusual hours this is the way to go for feeding small kibbles. As stated the 1/4" kibble is excellent for metering but it will work with the combination of three different kibbles I use. Two are disks and one is a cross. My cats never try to break in nor get unruly around it so there is no problem about them breaking it. If they do try to ransack the Superfeeder, then mounting it on a 4x4 just like a scratching post would do the trick. I was thinking of how to feed multiple areas with one feeder (say on a counter), you could probably put holes into the bowl/base and run PVC to a couple of bowls a few feet apart. Buy a extra bowl and you can change it back to a single feeder. It would have to be mounted to something so it doesn't fall off the counter or get pushed off. Clear packing tape around the joints will also prevent cat food hacking.
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. Trigger both of them at same time! Adjust them individually for tiny snacks or larger portions up to 8 times per day. Some Wi-Fi/automation/voice command systems may also be used. See example how Google works for a customer using voice activation.
Great double super feeder combo like two combo deal 18's if you want to feed your pets at the same exact time and maybe even different locations because they do not share one bowl very well. This combo deal comes complete with two heavy-duty black ABS stands ready for mounting brackets and digital timers. The supplied timers feature seconds adjustment for close synchronization if needed and can also provide for "small snack portions between main meals. Also included, two removable special dishwasher-safe bowls made with a special high-grade kitchenware material known as SAN by Kibisan® especially designed to spread kibbles to the outer edge for better food access to pets and away from the feeder's chute cover. All needed hardware is included with instructions (even a video is available for assembly and operation). As an added bonus, this package deal includes two installed polycarbonate chute protective devices ($17.00 value) to help prevent chute intrusion by "locksmith" cats.
The feeders and stands require very minor assembly with a supplied screwdriver. Each feeder can hold up to 1.8 Gal. (28 cups) of food (about 6 lbs). When at home, you can use the feeders without the 1.5 gallon hopper only using the two polycarbonate clear extensions (2-cup capacity each) for a total feeder capacity of slightly over a quart of food (4 and 3/4 cups). Like all other Super Feeders, this feeder will feed from very small portions to large portions as many times as the remote timer has on-off cycles (up to 8 per day with the supplied ACDT-20). NOTE ABOUT TIMER: We also offer the ACDT-19 digital timer which will provide up to 20 meals per day without in-between main meal snacks option available using the included ACDT-20 digital timer with seconds function. Just ask to switch timer from ACDT-20 to ACDT-19 in comments section of order. You can save money by purchasing this double "XL" feeder combo package deal instead of two separate deal #18's.
Voltage required: Power supply (supplied) 110-240VAC 50-60Hz 12VDC output, all timers 120V 60Hz-USA style plugs only-not battery operated. Indoor use combo. CSF-3XL feeder overall size mounted (space needed): 12 x 11 x 25 inches tall
WITH TWO FEEDERS TRIGGERED AT SAME EXACT TIME YOU CAN TRAIN YOUR PETS TO EAT AT THEIR OWN BOWL! You can use the two closely synchronized digital timers to operate both feeders at same time, or you could our Wi-Fi Smart Plugs (see bottom of page). Although the feeder will not feed during a power outage, the digital timer will keep time and programs while power is off, and normal feed cycles will resume when power is restored. No need to ever have to re-program the timer or feeder when power is disrupted. For the feeder to not feed, the power would have to be off at the very moment the feeder is scheduled to feed. The feeder will spend most of its lifetime in the "off" mode anyway to reset itself. Several feed cycles per day with smaller portions are recommended. Most of all, this combo provides for a great back-up set-up too, by using two feeders and two timers. Check out the video at: http://www.super-feeder.com/video.html
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.
NO PROBLEM WITH MISCHIEVOUS PETS!
Customer examples of various outdoor installations.
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®.
See WiFi Plug info
CAT TRAINED TO HUNT FOR FOOD BY CUSTOMER USING HIS OWN CUSTOMIZED SYSTEM (funny and amazing!)
Custom mounted with flat tray and camera near-by (early model without chute protective device): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSKKWyIYE3M
These feeders are a Project with a capital P. They were enormously fiddly and satisfying to assemble, and work as advertised. My primary objective - to not be woken up at 4am by hungry cats - is met. However the project continues. Our cat burglar deduced that repeated rocking yields a stray kibble, and that there's a weak point between the clear chute and the big plastic hopper. By sitting on the whole thing, she managed to work the screws loose and bend the metal retaining bar and actually separate the two, creating a huge mess and attracting ants overnight. I've seen the wooden contraptions some folks have built to prevent this, and I think I'll have to do the same, and possibly order some replacement parts. The pro is that Superfeeder makes this easy and supports tinkering. The con is that tinkering is necessary. That said, compared to everything else I investigated, I think this is the best option by far. Other feeders, my cat would've broken and I'd have no recourse and no community to help me find a suitable hack.
The feeder we ordered is exactly what we wanted. Assembly was easy, as was adjusting the feeder settings. Our cat adapted to the new device with no issues whatsoever.Now we can be sure that our pet is on a regular, consistent feeding schedule, even when we're not. Couldn't be happier!
We have two Standard Poodles and one has Addisons Disease so it is important to keep his weight under control and the best way to do that is with automatic pet feeders. Unfortunately, and until I discovered the Super Feeders, we have gone through approximately ten (10) Aspenpet "lebistro" pet feeders. Initially they seem to work fine but they don't hold up well and the plastic "fingers" start breaking off. The Super Feeders are truly GREAT!!!! I highly recommend Super Feeders and I only wish I would have gone to them along time ago.