Test of the Moes ZigBee connected plug: it does not rely on its physical appearance ...

Our opinion on the Moes ZP-LZ-FR2U plug

Moes ZP-LZ-FR2U smart plug - ZigBee Tuya

MOES - Zigbee 3.0 connected socket + 2 controllable USB ports (FR version)

Created 5 years ago, the Moes brand offers us ZigBee products at attractive prices. We introduced you to their Moes multisensor ZSS-ZK-THL (temperature and humidity) as well as their wireless switch. Here it is again with the Moes ZP-LZ-FR2U smart plug.

This taking of E-type works in ZigBee 3.0, has 2 USB controllable simultaneously and works under Tuya, among others. Will its price of € 19,99 excluding promotion make you forget its ungrateful physique?

Moes ZP-LZ-FR2U: a ZigBee + USB socket

Unboxing

Here is a product that smacks of white label Tuya. Delivered in a neutral brown cardboard box without any visual, no mark, no reference, just a CE marking, the Moes ZP-LZ-FR2U plug does not send a dream… At, inside, it is not much better… The plug doesn't look like… nothing. She is ugly. Very ugly. She is big. Very big.

Count indeed 12cm high, 5,2 wide, 7 deep (with the 2 cm of male plugs) and a weight of About 130 grams. Once in place, it will come out a little more than 4 cm. Its large size can be explained by the fact that it has on the lower part a block of 2 USB sockets (unlike the Sonoff S26R2ZB, almost as big but without USB).

Made of white ABS or PC plastic with a basic quality, its finishes are in the standard, but the hole of the female plug on the back looks like an empty cave with simple slats at the bottom. Fortunately, no operational problems observed during our tests. In short, all this is very bleak and there are only a few specifications to take with a grain of salt.

We tested the FR version of the Moes connected plug with a male part type E (two studs and the earth hole). It is the same for the female part: two holes for the phases and an earth plug). But of course, this type of socket also accepts male plugs type F or Schuko.

The two USB sockets are actually a single block and will work together. Below, a physical button surrounded by transparent plastic will serve both to power up your outlet, but also to turn it off and reset it if necessary. This button will light up in green or red depending on its status:

  • Red : lit.
  • Green : off (but you can put the LED to OFF)
  • Blinking green : pairing mode.

Be careful, the physical button will not turn off the USB block.

Suffice to say that we are not the most impressed, let alone inspired, by this relatively big and ugly catch. But the physical doesn't matter, eh? This is the most important inner beauty ... And so the characteristics!

Information

Here is what our take offers us:

  • Brand: Moes
  • reference: Moes ZP-LZ-FR2U
  • Tension : 240V, 50-60Hz
  • Intensity : 10A or 2200 W. It's a bit stingy. If you are on 110V, it will be 16A (1600W), but there is little chance.
  • USB : 2A / 5V
  • Operating temperature : -20 to 40 ° C
  • Maximum humidity during operation : <80% RH
  • Overvoltage and overload protection : No.
  • Monitoring of electricity consumption : no
  • Protocol : ZigBee 3.0, repeater function
  • Hubs : ZigBee gateway, Jeedom Atlas, third-party hub such as Amazon Echo (show 2, 10, Echo Studio, echo 4...) and Tuya / Smart Life
  • Controllable with Jeedom, Home Assistant, Alexa, Google Home ...
  • Controllable by voice with applications and skills compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.
  • Standby consumption : NC

The characteristics are quite basic with its 10A maximum intensity and its lack of consumption monitoring. Its real advantage is the fact of having a block of two USB sockets in addition to the type E plug. Its operation with Tuya Hubs also makes it easy to access for most users.

Installing and using the Moes smart plug

We did several installation tests with a Tuya Hub, a device Amazon Echo with ZigBee bridge and a Jeedom Altas ZigBee box. We also tried with the famous Philips Hue Hub, but without success.

In all cases, it is necessary to put the connected Moes plug in pairing mode. It can enter it as soon as you plug it into the mains or, if it doesn't (as we did) after a reset. To do this, press the physical button for ten seconds until it flashes green.

For Tuya / Smart Life, we used the catwalk Earthsmart ZMHK-01. Detection is very simple: in your gateway, press " Add Sub devices And let search.

Once found, change the name of the socket to be able to use it by voice. Under the Tuya app or Smart Life, you have a device that goes back but 3 sub-units (individually nameable).

  • The socket as a whole (USB block and E socket)
  • Socket E (top)
  • The USB block (bottom)

It is interesting to note that you will be able to determine the status of the connected Moes outlet when it reconnects to the network in the event of a breakdown or if you have unplugged it, for example. You can also determine the use of LED (so you can turn it off if you put it in a room for example). These are very welcome points. There is also a " child safety Which means that the socket will stop if it is on or off 4 times in a row to prevent a funny guy from having fun with it…

To turn off the socket entirely or only the USBs, it will therefore be necessary to go through the application or the voice assistant. Indeed, as announced above, the physical button only controls the type E plug.

Amazon Alexa and Google Home

If you have the skill Alexa already active, you have 3 devices that go back under Alexa and can be used by voice. You will have to come and rename them individually to use them. If this does not go back directly, you will have to come and activate the Tuya Skill / Smart Life under the application ofAmazon.

For use with Google Assistant, it will be the same as with Alexa, but under the Google Home app and the Tuya Add-on.

We tested detection via the hub of an Echo Show 2. To do so, go through the application Alexa and go to the devices tab, then "+" At the top right, "Add a device" and choose " Socket ". Put the mark " Others " And click "Discover devices". Detection will start and you will wait approximately 45 seconds.

It is also possible to install it by addressing an Echo with Hub and asking it: « Alexa, detects my devices ». The purpose will be the same, but be careful, only one take will go up.

It is the full grip that we find in this case. You can therefore turn it on or off in its entirety (including USB) by voice or via the virtual button. The interest is therefore much more limited than with a Tuya Hub. Ditto, impossible to manage the status of the socket, the LED or the child safety.

With Jeedom Altas

Our last test was carried out with the box Jeedom Atlas.  As the socket ultimately comprises 3 units, if you wish to make them go up in Alexa or Google Assistant, you will have to go through the "virtual" Plug-In in order to create as many devices as necessary (a bit like under the application Alexa which detects 3 with Smart Life / Tuya). We refer you to our test of the power strip as the UseeLink power strip for more info on the procedure.

You will therefore have to go through the ZigBee Jeedom plug-in in order to bring it back to your Jeedom ecosystem. You can then put it on your dashboards after attaching it to a room

On the other hand, the catch goes back as unknown manufacturer and equipment. You will therefore have to select Tuya from the manufacturer and then plug with 2 USB ports. But there is no socket in the equipment list. We took the one that could most closely relate to it as a connected switch or a micromodule.

In the parameters, you can come and determine the names of the different "sockets", called "Status". There are two by default that will be displayed: the plug and the USBs.

Also under the Dashboard, the two states will go up with the name you gave them (we didn't rename anything in our case).

The use of the socket, in any case, is quite responsive thanks to the ZigBee. Its controllable USB ports are a real plus. As well as being able to modify the LED or enter a little more detailed parameters ... But its size and design really spoil the fun.

In conclusion, this Moes smart plug does not leave us unmoved and it is not thanks to his physique! Fat and ugly, it will put off more than one and that would be a shame because you have here a 3-in-1 socket with a controllable and configurable USB unit as desired (child safety, LED, etc.). Which is not common. Although it only supports 10A maximum and that she does not have no consumption monitoring, it remains nonetheless interesting given its price of 19.99 € at Domadoo.
Did i choose Alexa or did she choose me? Let's say that as a beta tester, it's a bit of both! And I do not regret having met our favorite assistant nor this adventure undertaken with Alexien Modo. Technophile, self-taught and loving popularization, I try to make our common passion easy to access!