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Fibaro Wall Plug review: The Fibaro Wall Plug sheds light on power consumption

Fibaro Wall Plug

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The Good This smart plug looks good, works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant through a Z-Wave hub, and includes a color-coded LED to indicate power consumption levels.

The Bad You'll only have access to the Fibaro app if you own a Fibaro Home Center or Home Center Lite hub. Powering monitoring can work with hubs like SmartThings, but a custom device handler is required to use those advanced settings.

The Bottom Line This mighty little wall plug can handle large appliances, and makes a great addition to a Fibaro system. At $60, it's a pricey, but capable Z-Wave plug.

7.0 Overall
  • Features 6.0
  • Usability 7.0
  • Design 8.0
  • Performance 7.0

Connected wall plugs are a small, but mighty part of creating a home that feels truly smart. Plugs, outlets and switches are an easy way to add smarts to small appliances and devices without completely replacing them. 

Fibaro's Wall Plug can do just that and monitor power consumption, too. If you have the Fibaro Home Center, it can even shut things off if they use too much power. At $60, the Fibaro Wall Plug is a pricey, considering plugs from Wemo, TP-Link and others costing nearly half as much. Still, it's worth the money if you're already using the Fibaro system, or want a clear visual indicator of how much power your devices use. 

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The Fibaro Wall Plug includes a lighted LED ring to indicate power consumption. 

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Right out of the box, I liked the design of this plug. It might not be for everyone, but I thought the rounded, simple plug shape was attractive. The style doesn't overthink what a plug should look like, and in most cases, it won't block adjacent outlets, either.

What it does do is add an LED light ring around the edge to indicate power consumption level. The lighted ring is color-coded based on how many watts the connected device is using at the moment, and you can use it to monitor and control anything from lamps to a power-hungry refrigerators, really anything that uses a standard power outlet. 

For a typical wall charger or lamp, it glows blue, with higher levels of energy depicted by green, yellow, orange, red and finally purple. I tested it out with a phone and computer charger showing blue. When I plugged it in a toaster oven, the plug glowed red. 

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Fibaro's LED light a different color for each corresponding power consumption level. 

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Here's a breakdown of how much power is indicated by each color:  

  • Blue - 70 watts
  • Green - 145 watts
  • Yellow - 350 watts
  • Orange - 750 watts
  • Red - 1,350 watts
  • Purple - 1,800 watts

I like the idea of a visual indication of how much power I'm using. Of course, if you're not interesting in a constantly glowing plug, you can turn the LED indicator off by pressing and holding the plug's white button for about 3 seconds. You can also reactivate the light this way. Fibaro markets the light ring as both a power indicator and a night light, but it's sensible that you can disable this feature completely if you prefer.

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