Originally Posted by JimLewis
That sounds pretty good Steve! A few questions / comments about that timer:
- I like the fact that it has a rechargeable battery. That's super cool. That's one thing that's been a PITA with the Intermatic one is that the little watch batteries go out over time and need to be replaced. That's cool that the backup battery stays charged as long as it's plugged in and then only comes in in a power outtage scenario.
- What's not cool about this timer is I have to plug it in 24 hours before I program it. That's annoying. I'm sure there are ways around that. Like programming it while it's plugged into the transformer. But how annoying is that?
- You say it has improved heat tolerance. That would be great. As I am suspecting that that is what is causing problems with the ones I'm using now.
- Where are the prongs located on the back of that unit? Near the top? Or Near the bottom? Because that makes a big difference. Ones with prongs on the bottom do not fit inside transformers that have the outlet near the top - i.e. Kichler Transformers.
- A scenario that often comes up with my customers is they want their lights to come on 1 hour before sunrise. But as you know, that time changes daily. You can't just tell the timer "come on at 6:00 and off at sunrise. Sunrise could be earlier than that some parts of the year. Other parts of the year, that might only come on 20 minutes before. So is it possible to create an on-event that is Sunrise Minus X?
- Where can I purchase these? Online would be preferable, as there are no dealers for CAST in the Portland area anymore. I'm sure if I started liking these more, I can get my main distributor to stock them for me. They'll usually bring in whatever I ask, as long as it's something I'm going to continue to buy. But to try a half dozen out, where could I buy them now?
- Is there an outlet on the bottom too? Or just on the left side?
- What's list price? (maybe PM me if that's not something you can post publicly.)
Thanks for your time. This looks interesting!
Answers to your questions:
Plug in timer overnight: I agree, not ideal - a quirk we have to live with.
Heat: Actually, we found more problems with extreme cold than with extreme heat with older timers. We tested these new timers in our chamber - cycling between both extremes - most other timers failed that test. We worked with the Tork engineers to ensure better reliability at sub-zero temps.
Receptacles: these are on top and left side of unit.
Turn on before sunset: Yes, it's called sunrise/sunset offset (see instructions
Where to buy: check our online distributor search
. If none are nearby, many will ship to you.
James, I'm checking on the battery type.