Finding the right power strip is not always the easiest: how many plugs? USBs? Wi-Fi or ZigBee? We test the power strip for you Nityam Smart NITSMTSCKC_MPUSU_403 (its small name), which works in Wi-Fi, includes 4 cards et 4 USB ports, all individually controllable, up to 16 A. For €29,90, it is one of the cheapest on the market. But is it worth the cost?
Nityam power strip Smart : a complete Wi-Fi model
Nityam Smart is a brand present in France since 2010 and specialized in the manufacture of lights and bulbs. It launched in 2014 on the LED market and now on that of connected products (mainly bulbs, diffusers and sockets) as we already explained to you during our Nityam Filament Wi-Fi bulb test.
One thing is certain, the Nityam power strip looks pretty tough. Its box is of rather poor quality: badly glued overlay, which gives the impression of a white label packed in a hurry. Despite everything, we find the visual of the socket and its main characteristics: 16A, usable with Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri… There is even more info on the side and the back, a real catalogue! Inside you will have, in addition to the socket, an installation guide badly photocopied in French completely understandable…
La power strip Nityam NITSMTSCKC_MPUSU_403 (aka the power strip) is actually pretty good with its 38 x 7,1 x 4,4 cm and has a 1,5 m long cable. The finishes are very good with a ABS type plastic well extruded and well assembled. You have notches on the underside to screw it to the wall or under furniture. It includes the marking of CE conformity but also RED and ROHS.
Our Nityam power strip as such consists of 3 zones!
- 4 female type E plugs. This is the format with the grounding stud. But the male E/F / Shuko sockets are quite adaptable.
- A set of 4 USB ports : This block will be controllable in its entirety. It's quite rare for USBs to be controllable, so it's a good strong point.
- ON/OFF button. This will be used to turn on and off all the plugs of the socket but also to enter pairing mode by pressing it for about 5 seconds. It will start flashing blue.
You have a total of 5 small blue LEDs, in front of each controllable zone: that is to say each female plug and the USB block. On, the zone is powered, off, no power. Then yes, the sockets will be controlled individually.
In terms of characteristics, here is what it is:
- Tension : 220-240V, 50-60Hz
- Intensity : 16A or 3680 W. Be careful to measure the intensities of the various equipment that you will come to connect so as not to exceed the maximum power.
- USB port : 2,4 A, 5.0V.
- Type : power strip
- Operating temperature : NC
- Maximum humidity during operation : NC
- Overvoltage and overload protection : No
- Compatible 2,4 GHz Wi-Fi
- Controllable with Tuya / Smart Life et Nityam Smart
- Hub : Not necessary
- Voice-controlled : yes, with applications and skills compatible with Alexa /Google Assistant et Siri.
- Standby consumption : NC
In theory, the Nityam power strip is quite interesting due to its 16A, its 4 individual plugs and its block of 4 USBs. In contrast, no support for over voltage and overload… Which is almost never the case in this price range.
Installation and use of the Nityam power strip Smart
Smart Life or Nityam Smart ?
The plug is given to work with Nityam app Smart which is a copy-paste of Smart Life / Tuya. We therefore used Smart Life because it avoids multiplying home automation applications. Indeed, many feedbacks exist on this product highlighting the fact that the socket goes out after an hour or does not control itself. This seems to be due to the home app. But it can also come from a defective batch, which is not the case of the tested product.
The installation is done like any product connected with Smart Life. Press at the top right on the "+" to add a device and come choose "Wi-Fi power strip" in "Electrical". Select your Wi-Fi and let it be. Once the outlet is detected (no Friction Less so), give a general name that will also be used for voice control.
By then selecting the device, you will indeed have 6 different sockets : the "general" power strip which will turn everything on and off, and the 4 sockets + the USB block. Anyone can be appointed at your convenience pressing the small pen. You can also integrate them into scenarios. It is also possible to set up ignition schedules or countdowns, as allowed by the app. But there, it will be for each of the outlets.
But there is a little surprise, announced nowhere on the specifications or the manual: consumption monitoring!
And that, for the price, is a very good surprise. You have indeed, directly:
- Intensity in my
- Consumption in watts
- Voltage of the circuit
- Accumulation consumption in KWh.
And you have below the total over the current month in the form of a graph. So be careful, the update of this total and the graph are done at regular intervals but roughly once or twice a day. But you still have the live data. Also note that it is not possible to extract a graph from it. The information seems consistent.
Use with Alexa
If you have already activated the Tuya Skill or Smart Life, the 6 “devices” go directly up. Otherwise, search as usual. They will take the name you gave them in the application, but it is possible to rename them for easier voice use. From there, you will come to use it as you do with any connected device : name change, voice control, integration into routines ...
You can therefore either drive it in its entirety or take by take. And the same for the USB block. It's frankly good and for once, very responsive for Wi-Fi.
Use with Google Assistant
It's as simple as with Alexa. Come and activate the Add-on Smart Life and devices will go directly up. Again, you can come and change the name of the sockets and do whatever you want with them. You still have 6 connected devices.
And for home automation fuses, you can bring them up under Jeedom via plugins Alexa or GA and display them on your Dashboard.
Note that during this test, we did not have any disconnection, power off problem or anything. This power strip did very well and pleasantly surprised us. But what about others that it does ON/OFF when asked to do ON/OFF and that it does it well? And in 16A moreover, the maximum possible. However, don't expect to do fast charging with the USB block...