Charge your iPhone and get Siri outlet control with the PureSwitch (Review)

Charge your iPhone and get Siri outlet control with the PureSwitch (Review)

The HomeKit smart switch / smart outlet market is getting crowded these days. How do you make yours stand-out from the crowd? Add a USB charge port! That's what PureGear did with the PureSwitch.

 

The on/off button is easy to miss.

PureGear's first home automation product has a unique, circular (or is it wavy?) design that doesn't block both of your outlets. It's a pretty minimal device that will control up to 15A of lights and/or small appliances via its remotely-commandable outlet. And, the USB charger provides 2.1A of power at 10W, more than enough for your energy-hungry mobile devices. The PureSwitch has such a minimal design that its "manual" on/off button is well-concealed at the bottom of the device. (I went through multiple days of testing and I still didn't find it...until I was editing product shots in Photoshop!)

What you plug into the PureSwitch can be something other than a fan or light bulb, those are just optional labels.

Fast on/off operation and helpful front indicator lights for power and Wi-Fi connection status round out the positive attributes for the PureSwitch. As it's a HomeKit device, setup is pretty universal: Download the PureSwitch app, then start the setup process to add the PureSwitch to your iOS device, you'll scan the HomeKit setup code with your device's camera and then you'll be ready to go a few moments later. While HomeKit control is pretty universal, you may not want to use PureGear's app since it ony shows similar types of accessories (smart switches, outlets, etc) in its list of HomeKit accessories. If you have a home with different types of HomeKit devices, like lights, dimmers, sensors, fans, smart locks, etc you probably will find the PureSwitch app pretty limiting. It does, however, interestingly enough have support for HomeKit Zones, which Apple's own Home app doesn't yet support. Zones are a somewhat advanced feature of HomeKit, where you can group rooms together for even more refined control with Siri.

 

 

Conclusion

Overall, the PureSwitch is a good HomeKit product, and provides fast, efficient switching of (nearly) whatever is plugged into its outlet, and zippy charging of devices through its USB port. (You could also just use it as a USB power source, too.)

The only slight knocks against the PureSwitch are for the hidden on/off button, which is helpful once you locate it, and the app that doesn't support the majority of other HomeKit devices.

Disclosure: PureGear provided the PureSwitch to Smarter Home Life for this review.

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