Gadget RC Mains Sockets

Description

Often the elderly, those prone to falling or any other condition that can limit mobility can find it difficult to turn on and off electrical appliances. 

Gadget RC Mains Sockets provide a means of switching off or on electrical appliances either at the touch of a button, or simply by getting out of bed/chair and activating a discreet sensor. 

This could include switching on the lights, or even switching on the kettle for a cup of tea.

Gadget RC Mains Sockets can be used in two different ways. 

1) The first uses the handy remote control. Just attach the socket to your appliance, and use the remote to switch it on and off. This could be from the comfort of your sofa, or even when you’re tucked up in bed.

2) It’s also possible to include a sensor which allow appliances to be switched on when movement is detected. From getting out of bed, to opening the front door. This could include a bed, chair, pressure mat or door sensor, and are each controlled using the stylish Tynetec Reach Alarm unit. 

Gadget RC Mains Sockets can lend a helping hand and support you to live as independently as possible at an affordable price.

Features

  • Simple, easy and discreet – no installation required
  • Includes 5 sockets and 1 remote control
  • Enables electrical appliances to be switched on and off at the touch of a button
  • Optional sensors allow for automatic operation through a Tynetec Reach Unit
  • Ideal for those with limited mobility, the elderly and plugs in difficult to reach places
  • 24 month warranty
Technical Information
  • 5 Switchers and 1 remote control
  • Operating frequency: 433.92MHz
  • Operating voltage: 240V 50Hz AC
  • Maximum load: 13A UK mains socket
  • Red on indicator lamp
  • Compatible with Tynetec MK2 Sensor Controller 
  • Remote dimensions: 110mm x 40mm x 16mm (HxWxD)
  • Remote weight: 42 g
Delivery & Installation

Delivery

Standard UK delivery is £4.50 inc. VAT (£3.75 ex. VAT). We work very hard to deliver your order promptly and will aim to deliver all items within 3 working days, if you are within the UK.

Delays do sometimes occur due to unforeseen circumstances, so if for some reason your parcel hasn't arrived within 7 working days, please contact us via email on [email protected].

 

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Installation

This product does not require installation.

FAQs

Q: I have a question that's not answered below. What should I do?

A: If you have a question, please click here to get in touch. We'll be happy to answer any queries you may have. 

Q: How many sockets and remote controls do I receive in the box?

A: You will receive a pack of 5 sockets and 1 remote control.

Q: How do I change my remotes batteries?

A: If the red transmit light on the remote control fails to illuminate when on/off buttons are pressed it is likely the battery needs replacing. Remove the battery cover off the back of the remote control. Replace the battery with a type 23A ‐ 12V (note correct polarity). Refit the battery cover.

Please note that the gadget sockets do not require batteries.

Q: My product isn't functioning correctly. What do I do?

A: If the appliance fails to operate check the following:

  1. Is the Gadget socket/appliance correctly plugged‐in?
  2. Is mains wall socket switched ON?
  3. Is the appliance itself switched ON?
  4. Is the battery in the remote control OK?

If your device is still not functioning, give us a call anytime on 0800 246 1939 and we'd be happy to help. 

Q: Can I turn all my electrics on with just a single button?

A: Yes. Multiple sockets can be set with the same Channel Number if they all want to be operated from a single button on the remote control. There are 4 possible Channel Numbers (1/2/3/4) which selects which number button the socket responds to from the remote control.

  1. Set the dial switch (1/2/3/4) on each socket as required.
  2. Plug the Gadgets in their wall sockets and test.
£51.59 Inc. VAT

Product code: TKZXT466-1

Availability: In stock

Warranty: 24 months

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Reviews
The expert's opinion

By Clive Noak, Director, Protelhealth Limited and John Colson, Operational Support Manager, Orbis

Expert rating 4

 

This is a very well thought-out and designed product that will appeal to all customers in need of generating an alert/alarm to be received by someone else, e.g. family member, friend, carer or monitoring centre (or a mixture of all these persons).

Overall score:     
 

What’s in the box

  • Reach Plus Alarm Unit
  • Mains cable (Power Lead)
  • Telephone connection cable (Telecom lead)
  • Stand + Screw
  • Connector Cover
  • Touch Pendant
  • Touch Pendant Wearing Kit
  • User and Installation Guide
     

What we liked about the device

  • Unlike many such devices, it would sit comfortably in a home without drawing attention to itself or targeting its user as being someone vulnerable, e.g. the acceptability of the fashionable pendant design.
  • The inclusion of the pendant within the kit and its associated “wearing kit”.
  • The comprehensive and easy-to-use “User & Installation Guide”.
  • The very positive feedback from the installers as to how easy the product is to install, its robustness and acceptance by end users.
     

Things to watch out for

  • Need to be careful that wires are not trapped by the securing screw when attaching the Connector Cover or Stand.
  • There are no trouble-shooting instructions within the “User & Installation Guide”.
  • The importance of effective Broadband Filters, if broadband is available within the home.
     

Design/ease of use

All aspects of the product are well presented in effective, sturdy packaging, with everything except the screw for attaching the Stand being easy to find (this is hidden in plain sight, being safely secured within the plastic moulding of the packaging).

The “User & Installation Guide” is really well designed with the DIY person in mind, as it is colour coded with the parts of the product, e.g. the mains cable connection has a blue dot on it that lines up with the blue colour on the alarm/receiving unit, which is described in the “User & Installation Guide” in the same colour.

Although it would be best to have this unit installed by a professional installer, especially if it is to be linked to a monitoring centre, without any prior experience I did have it set up and generating alerts to my mobile phone within 15 minutes. Therefore, the device is easy to install and intuitive; especially as once connected to the mains it tells you what you are doing wrong.

John has installed many of these devices himself and trained many others to do this and has always been impressed by the quality of the materials and their durability.
 

Functions available

The range of functions available of the Reach Plus Unit, as outlined in the product description, which are in addition to those of the more basic Reach Unit, i.e:

  • Horizontal, vertical and wall-mounted installation options    
  • Stand with cable management                    
  • Intruder alarm capability
  • Away mode
  • Large, illuminated call button                       
  • Memory for up to 32 sensors
  • Illuminated function buttons                         
  • Speakerphone mode
  • Front panel LED light showing the unit's status                   
  • 5 volume levels
  • Low battery reporting         
  • Voice reassurance messages – these can be recorded by family members or carers
  • 12 or 24 hour monitoring mode    

These functions make this a very impressive offering and one that is very scalable according to the needs of the individual, e.g. ability to accommodate up to 32 sensors.

During my attempts at installation, I was encouraged by the fact that I triggered a number of the built in alerts, such as the telephone line failure alert and the mains supply failure alert, which confirmed to me that they both work and are really annoying until you do something about them!

From the installers perspective, John had nothing but praise regarding the functional ability of the product, its reliability and general ease of use. The only criticism he had received from users was that the lights on the front of the device, that alert if there is a problem or highlight the red communication button, can at times be too bright at night and are not dimmable, although they can be programmed to be switched off.


Value for money

At its current price of £187.97 (excluding VAT) and a 24 month warranty, this product represents tremendous value for money (£0.26 per day over 24 months), especially as it is expected to last much longer than two years (an extended warranty is available).

Installation would be an extra cost, but one highly recommended if a monitoring centre and or additional sensors are to be incorporated.