It arrived on time, assembled as described. The fish love it! I like the simplicity and the fact that it doesn't use batteries. It's connected to an inexpensive outdoor analog timer, which is the same type that controls my pond pump. My fish get fed twice per day; don't need a digital timer. And it there's a power outage, the fish still get fed, just a little later
Original KSF-2 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. Custom mount your Koi Super Feeder with many modes of operation for indoor or outdoor applications. Trusted brand for years and years by thousands of customers.
Pole/pipe mount not included. This 1 Quart and 3/4 cup Super Feeder comes with an outdoor approved 120V power adapter with a voltage output of 12VAC ready to use with your own 120V outdoor timer. Just plug the power adapter into the outdoor timer's outlet, program the timer to come on at a certain time to trigger your Super Feeder, and it's ready to go. No need to worry about rain. The power adapter has a 6' cord w/plug and comes with two crimp blade connectors and can be mounted to a wall or piece of lumber. Also included is a small indoor type power supply in 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. All you will need is an outdoor 120V programmable timer and some 2-conductor wire to operate it. The analog ACAT-32 timer or ACDT-35 digital timer we sell are perfect and guaranteed to work with it if you do not have a suitable timer. A combo pack is also available on this store. 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).
KSF-2 INSTALLATION ABOVE
KSF-2XL INSTALLATION ABOVE
Mounting examples: http://www.super-feed.com/outdr.html
INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS WITH 220-240V: Please click on "Q&A/Shipping" above and http://www.super-feed.com/international_order_policy.htm
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. If using a digital timer, compatibility may be an issue with the included outdoor power supply unless using the ACDT-35 we have tested and recommend. Any analog timer can be used.
OVERALL SIZE: Feeder overall size (space needed): 7 x 3 x 12 inches tall
How to use feeder with a home automation system:
For Wi-Fi control, we recommend a system like the Wemo Wi-Fi switch by Belkin. We also recommend various systems that are currently being used available at smarthome.com Note: Many Wi-Fi systems offered on the market today are perpetually vulnerable to perpetual changes and updates that can quickly render some products unusable. In regards to other Wi-Fi switches on the market, some may not work if the socket does not turn off completely (some do and some may not), meaning that any residual power coming out of it during its off time will prevent the feeder from resetting itself between programmed feed cycles.
You can plug the supplied power adapter into a 100-240V 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: 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.
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/
I have used the KSF-2 for about 8 years and it finally wore out, had to buy a second to replace it so our fish stay fed while we are away or just busy. The adjustable feed amount is great for fish that just keep growing bigger and bigger. Could not live without this product. Mark in B.C.
I have been using this feeder for about 6 years without any problems. It only would not feed if I forgot to fill it, and with the added extension, that is only about once every ten days. Finally, it did empty the entire feeder in 24 hours so I am replacing it with the exact same feeder, but new. I think the timer went kaput, as in testing the feeder, I could not get it to fail. Thus I have a spare one, if and when I should every have a problem. I love the adjustability of the feeder and the fish love its dependability.