Power Monitoring Smart plugs - they've become so cheap

This is more an FYI for others wanting to get more smart plugs which run custom firmware.
The first plugs I bought were TPLink HS110 which cost a shedload and are big and bulky. Not practical for “In-sight” use.

I recently bought some of these

For a pack of 4 it cost £38 which is dirt cheap.
They handle 13A and are fused (non-replaceable without a soldering iron)


I also bought some of these


Again, less than £10 a plug. These have a relay in them marked to 16A so some “safety” headroom there. (We have to remember, less than £10 and from China… :frowning:)

They’re both flashable with the Tuya Convert and then Either Tasmota or Espurna (But I did brick one as I uploaded the wrong firmware. Getting to the uart is a PIA)

Anyway, these two do work nicely with Tasmota, mqtt and OH :smiley:
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Given the trouble you had, would you be willing to write of a quick tutorial pointing out some of the places where you have lessons learned?

These are wifi plugs though, right? As opposed to Zigbee, Bluetooth, or ZWave?

I’m always extra suspicious of cheap devices that want to access my wifi from behind the firewall…

If you replace the firmware than you can know exactly what it’s doing. Tuya Convert, Either Tasmota, and Espurna are all open source and do not require a cloud service to operate so you can easily block their ability to access anything outside your LAN without breaking their functionality.

I too wouldn’t use something like these with their native firmware, not to mention they rarely work with openHAB with their native firmware anyway. But they become much more trustworthy when you replace their firmware with your own.

Oh, just looked up “Tuya Convert” and I’m impressed: https://github.com/ct-Open-Source/tuya-convert - I could see myself going down a similar route, thanks for the pointer. :slight_smile:

Sure. I’ll post up a how-to.

As Rich said, it’s all opensource firmware that replaces them. For the most part, I don’t even power them on to test. Just flash the firmware with something I know I can trust.

Tunya convert tricks the device into thinking its getting a firmware update from the vendor. Saves having to open them up and find the uart which is increasingly not exposed on these devices.

And yes, they’re all WiFi (esp8266) which is brilliant.