How many times have you planned a trip away or gotten home late to a dark house. With kids, life is unpredictable! Thanks to the iBright 7X, walking into a dark house is a thing of the past. Using a iOS app which can be accessed on your iPhone or iPad you can turn on and off the outlets at the top as well as set a schedule for them. There are two always on outlets which are perfect for things like a speaker, lamp next to the couch or more. It also features USB charging for your devices as well as a Wi-Fi extender. I never imagined that a surge protector could be so smart and make my life easier! It also allows me to control technology use, because I can turn on and off wi-fi via the app which means that I don’t have to worry it’s being used without my permission.
I loved that if I knew I was running late or going to be home at a different schedule, I could just change the cloud schedule for my outlets (which I did mark in the app so I knew what I was turning on and off!) so I didn’t come home to a dark, empty house with two kids. That’s the worst feeling ever! Having the ability to turn on and off wi-fi is perfect for parents of older kids, because you can make sure they do their chores and other items. I had to be in town this week and loved that I could turn on the lights via the app as I was getting off the train rather than coming home to a dark house. We brought ours on vacation because no only is it a surge protector and provides extra outlets we could use it to charge our devices AND to boost wi-fi. One small device so many uses! You can use your computer or tablet to create a schedule, track performance and hourly consumption for the various outlets on the device which makes it perfect to really understand what your true usage is. I loved the ability to schedule the outlets so that they were on when I needed them and off when I didn’t – but that I could override them.
In terms of enhancements, I’d love it if the Wi-Fi extender worked with my 5G network. My 5G network works in most of the house, but once you get outside, it stops working entirely. I was able to connect my 2.5G Wireless network and boost it so now we can listen to music on the deck via Pandora or iTunes without having to worry about using my data!
Overall, this is a great product that you never knew you HAD TO HAVE! I loved not having to come home to a dark house as well as the ability to switch on and off outlets and monitor electrical consumption. It helped me keep a better eye on what lights I did or didn’t leave on and helped me be accountable to it. I loved that I could bring one surge protector on vacation and charge my iPad/iPhone, boost my wi-fi and have more outlets at the same time! it was a win win all around.
The TriCascade is available from Amazon and other retailers.
BRIGHTenergyby Tri Cascade Inc.
Category: Utilities, Productivity
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 3.1 MB
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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.