I purchased this product in October of 2014. I had a little problem with it at first, regarding the installation and the timer. I was able to get good, sound advice from the seller. The Super Feed has been operating without fail since (February, 2017). It has allowed my wife and I to go on vacations as long as 3 weeks. The cat is always there when we get back from a trip (not always happy with our absence). The combination of this project, with a water dispenser and a kitty tube for the car to sleep in with a heating pad to keep her at a cat's body temperature has been invaluable. Good solid purchase. I highly recommend it.
Made in USA for 23+ years! Many modes of operation, indoor or outdoor applications and ease of maintenance and repairs.
SPECIAL OUTDOOR PACK--CSF-3XL for up to 1.8 gallon cat Super Feeder® with installed chute cover, outdoor approved power adapter with 6' cord and plug to reach timer and outlet, 7-Day ACDT-35 outdoor approved digital timer to provide up to 20 daily feed cycles! 50 feet of outdoor wire is also supplied to reach your feeder from the outlet. 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 indoor type and 120V 12VAC output outdoor type. All timers 120V 60Hz- Wi-Fi Socket 110V-240VAC 50-60Hz. USA style plugs only-not battery operated.
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.
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IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THIS COMBO! DO NOT EVER hook-up 2 power adapters/transformers at one time when setting up this combo. You may damage your feeder and/or other accessories and void your warranty. The standard SMALL power adapter included with all feeders is only to initially run and adjust your feeder indoors before final mounting outdoors using only the outdoor power adapter/transformer by itself. You may of course also use the small power adapter/transformer indoors by itself if you ever want to. ALSO, to program the supplied outdoor timer, only use the instructions supplied by the timer manufacturer to program the times you want to feed per day (on-off cycles).
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.
OVERALL SIZE: CSF-3 Feeder overall size mounted (space needed): 12 x 3 x 22 inches tall
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: 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:
Remote-Controllable Dual Outlet: http://www.smarthome.com/insteon-2663-222-on-off-outlet-white.html/