Very happy with this feeder. It was easy to set up. Love that I was able to mount this one on a 4x4 post, raise it from the ground and add a section of eavestrough to keep the raccoons out of it. Using a large cat food and no difficulty dispensing it. It is much better than other brands I have purchased in the past.
This most versatile "Basic" CSF-3XL cat/small-animal Super Feeder for cats and other small animals comes with an additional 1.5 gallon hopper (about 5 lbs of kibbles--dry or slightly moist). This "basic" Super Feeder package does not come with a stand and bowl and is most economical way to purchase it. All PVC Down-Piping shown is only a mounting/installation example shared by a past customer and not supplied. This "Basic" package comes with an indoor type power supply (plugs into just about any lamp timer) fitted with a 6 Foot cord and jack plug, mounting hardware, two clear 2-Cup hopper extensions (shown with only one installed), hardware and instructions. Feeding time (portion size) cycle is fully adjustable with feeder's own internal electronic timer. To power and trigger it, choose a suitable external timer to program feed times (not supplied but available with a combo). Any basic lamp timer will do, or you may use a digital timer for best time accuracy. If you do not already have a timer of some sorts, to save cost we suggest purchasing combo 20 or 21 (indoor power supply/timer type) or 23, 23A (outdoor power supply/timer type). This "basic" package does not come with an external timer, but you can use any timer of your own to trigger it. If a 120V power source is not available, you may even use any of our 6-24V timers or purchase a battery combo to use your own 12V power source (some wiring required). CSF-3XL OVERALL SIZE: 12 inches wide x 11 inches D x 22 inches tall ready to mount to a 2x4 on wall or other means. Great for covered back-porch to feed outdoor pets. IMPORTANT NOTE: IF PLANNING ON INSTALLING THIS FEEDER OUTDOORS, MAKE SURE YOU ADEQUATELY PROTECT AT LEAST THE CHUTE AREA WHERE THE FOOD COMES OUT AND ITS SUPPLIED INDOOR POWER SUPPLY (ALL BOXED-IN IS BEST). IF YOU HAVE RACCOONS, YOU MUST DO THAT. This "basic" package deal will require some simple handyman work and parts available from Lowe's, Home Depot, etc...Use your own imagination! Voltage required: An indoor type power supply is included 110-240VAC 50-60Hz 12VDC output--USA style plugs only-not battery operated. The Super Feeder is weatherproof, but if it will be exposed to rain, an outdoor power supply kit is available (see deal 23 or 23A for complete combo).
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. Mount it to suit your pets. Many different ways to operate it indoors or outdoors. Use any simple lamp timer. Some Wi-Fi/automation/voice command systems may also be used. See how Google example works for a customer if wanting to use voice activation
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YOU MAY VIEW ADDITIONAL CUSTOM-MADE INSTALLATION EXAMPLES OF PAST CUSTOMERS' USING VARIOUS MATERIALS AT: http://www.super-feed.com/small.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. Many brands have similar recommended type kibbles.
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 The Super Feeder® 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 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
I just now put it together. That was a bit of a challenge to an older person with poor eyesight and reduced dexterity- but you can tell it is quality made. In the past I wasted money on one of the junky things from Petco that hasn't been worth the investment. Thank you for making this product- would recommend to others.
I have bought four of these over the years. Not because they wear out. The first one I bought years ago for my koi pond, it's still in service. Three more as we've added cats to the household. Reliable product and fast service.
We occasionally need to leave our dog in an indoor/outdoor kennel for a few days at a time while we are out of town. For years I have used food bowls with rotating tops to make sure that he still gets fed while we're gone, but the system was pretty bad. Between the two bowls we could leave him for a couple of days, but one bowl fed him every 12 hours and the other fed him every 24 hours, and since we needed two compartments' worth of food to match one serving, it was pretty goofy. Recently, his one brain cell realized that he could pry the lids off the bowls, and that was the end of that. We searched online for a long time to try and find some automated feeder systems that would work for 3 or more days, could be mounted outside of his kennel area to protect the food from his reach, and would dispense accurately. All the reviews for this product fit the bill, so long as we could find a small bites version of his food. Eventually, we did - a Nutro small bites Lamb and Rice that has almost the exact same diameter as the cat food mentioned in the specs for this unit. The instructions were easy to understand, and with the flap set to its maximum opening, and the duration to maximum, he gets one serving each time the feeder runs. (approximately 1.25 - 1.5 cups) We couldn't be happier!