Globe Electric Wi-Fi Smart Plug Review
You don’t need to make drastic changes to start building your smart home. The Globe Smart Plug ($15.99) is a single-plug model that lets you control common devices like lamps and fans with your phone or via Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri voice commands. It also works with other Globe devices such as smart lights and activity sensors, but it cannot report energy consumption and it does not support Apple HomeKit and IFTTT platforms. . The Wyze Plug is compatible with many other smart devices and is much more affordable at $14.99 for a two-pack, making it our Editors’ Choice winner for smart plugs.
Slim and basic design
Measuring 1.5 x 2.2 x 1.1 inches (HWD), the Globe Plug isn’t as wide as the Emporia Smart Plug (1.5 x 3.3 x 1.1 inches) or the Wyze Plug ( 1.5 x 2.7 x 1.2 inches), but its height and depth are about the same. Its small footprint leaves plenty of room to access the second outlet in a two-outlet outlet. The front of the plug contains a single three-pronged socket, while a three-pronged plug sits on the back. A backlit power button is on the left side. The button lights blue when the device is powered on, flashes blue during setup, and displays nothing when the device is powered off.
Under the hood are Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios to connect the plug to your phone and 2.4GHz home network. After connecting the outlet to Wi-Fi, you can control it from your phone or with Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. You can also use Siri shortcut commands to trigger the plug, add it to a SmartThings home automation system, and create smart scenes in the Globe Suite app that allow it to work with other Globe smart devices. However, the plug does not support Apple HomeKit or IFTTT platforms.
The outlet uses the same Globe Suite mobile app (available for Android and iOS) as other Globe products. It appears in a dedicated tab on the home screen, along with the other Globe devices you own. At the top of the screen are buttons for any shortcuts you create, and at the bottom are the Home, Smart Scene, and Profile buttons. The Home button takes you back to the main screen wherever you are in the app. The Smart Scene tab lets you configure the outlet to turn on or off based on weather factors (temperature, humidity, and wind speed) or events (sunrise and sunset), location of your phone, a daily schedule or a trigger event from another Globe Device. Use the Profiles button to set up Alexa, Google Assistant, and SmartThings integrations, and submit support requests.
Back on the home screen, tap the socket panel to access a screen with a large power button, routine button, and gear button. Use the Routine button to set a timer, set up power cycles, choose an auto-off time, and set up a vacation mode where the outlet randomly turns on and off to make it look like someone one is at home. The gear icon opens a Settings screen with options to configure a child lock that blocks the power button’s manual function, a light mode that gets rid of LED indicators, and a restart status option that prompts the outlet to resume its last powered state if the power goes out.
It lacks the ability to generate power consumption reports, a feature you get with the Emporia smart plug and ConnectSense 2 smart plug.
Simple setup and operation
Installing the Globe Smart Plug is easy. To get started, download the mobile app, create an account, plug in the device, and tap Add Device when prompted by the app. Once the power button starts flashing blue, the app immediately recognizes the outlet and adds it to the available devices screen. Tap Next before entering your Wi-Fi SSID and password to complete the process. In testing, the outlet also automatically appeared on my Alexa device list.
The Globe plug performed well in my testing. It responded instantly to app and voice commands, and had no problem sticking to the usage schedules I created. A smart scene I set up for the outlet to trigger a Globe smart bulb worked as expected, as did my Alexa routine for the outlet to turn on when a Ring Floodlight Cam detects motion.
Good but a bit too expensive
Turning traditional electronics into smart devices is easy with the Globe Wi-Fi Smart Plug. Once you insert the plug into an outlet and pair it with the Globe Suite mobile app, you can control everything you Connect to it with your voice or phone. The app also lets you create usage schedules, integrate the outlet into a SmartThings ecosystem, and set up routines involving other Globe devices. That said, the plug can’t tell you how much power you’re using, nor does it work with IFTTT or Apple HomeKit platforms. Our Editors’ Choice winner, the Wyze Plug, doesn’t work with HomeKit either, but it does allow for plenty of other third-party integrations and is half the price. The Emporia Smart Plug also doesn’t support HomeKit, but does provide detailed power usage reporting for $9.99, making it another more cost-effective alternative.
Globe Electric Wi-Fi Smart Plug
The Wi-Fi-enabled Globe Smart Plug turns traditional appliances into smart devices that you can control with your voice or phone, but it costs more than competing models.
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