Amazon Smart Plug has been launched in India and it can make everyday appliances or household electronic items “smarter”. The Amazon Smart Plug acts as a buffer between the power socket and the appliance and allows you to use the Alexa app or Alexa-enable smart speaker to switch on or off the appliance. Amazon Smart Plug, according to Amazon, is easy to set up. It has a 3-pin socket design and a 6A power rating.
Amazon Smart Plug supports most of the kitchen and home appliances in India including such as lamps, table fans, electric kettle, room coolers, televisions, mobile chargers, air-purifiers, soundbars, etc. With the Amazon Smart Plug, customers can add smart control to their existing appliances by pairing the smart plug with a compatible Alexa device (like Echo smart speakers) for hands-free voice control.
The Amazon Smart Plug is priced at Rs. 1,999 and is listed on Amazon in a single white color option. It is currently up for sale and can be paired with an Echo Dot for Rs. 4,498 or an Echo Dot with Clock at Rs. 5,498.
The Amazon Smart Plug is rated for 220V to 240V, 50/60Hz, at maximum 6A for input and output. It uses 2.4GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and does not work with the 5GHz band. It has a 3-pin design and is compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices through the Alexa app. The smart plug can be operated using a compatible Echo, Fire TV, or any Alexa device.
There is an on/ off button on the left side and an LED indicator on the front. The smart plug essentially gives you the ability to say things like “Alexa, turn on the TV” if your TV is connected to the Amazon Smart Plug. In terms of dimensions, the Amazon Smart Plug is 46×71.3x37mm and weighs 104 grams.
For setup, the user just has to plug the device into an electrical socket and open the Alexa app to add a new device and follow the instructions. It is expected to take just a few minutes to set-up and good to go. Once connected, customers can ask Alexa on any Echo, Fire TV, or Alexa built-in device or the Alexa app to turn on/off the power. For instance, just ask, ‘Alexa, turn off the fan’ or ‘Alexa, turn on mosquito repellant’.
Another notable aspect is that users sitting in the office can remotely turn on or off the home appliance such as a geyser or television (to control screen time of children) or an AC at home via Amazon Alexa mobile app.