Best Electrical Timers in 2020



Competition Electronics Pocket Pro II Timer CEI-4700 Review:


Replaced a good old RUReady Speed Timer 3000 that was starting to show odd behavior..

Pocket Pro II runs from a standard 9V battery. I didn't get the CED7000 because of the proprietary lithium battery and wanted something easy to replace.

Belt clip looks well built (I broke the one on the ST3000): spring steel and nice strong plastic clip. Overall what appears to be a strong product that will survive bumping into tables, and other range equipment.

Offers the features you'd expect: timing (obviously), par-time, and an RPM feature (for NFA Title II toys owners!).

Haven't fiddled with sensitivity setting or echo-cancellation. Defaults seemed sane for my indoor range.

Beep level is adjustable for dry practice at home.

Start signal can go off right when you press the start button (RO), or delayed (random or fixed delay) when practicing on your own.

Backlit LCD is nice upgrade, when shooting in low light.

Only downside: bulkier than the ST3000 (hence 4 stars out of 5). At least you'll have to try hard to misplace it!

Has more features and display mode than the ST3000 and as such has more buttons. After a quick read of the manual, you're good to go. This isn't rocket surgery.



Timer Relay, DROK Time Delay Relay 5V 12V 24V Delay Controller Board Delay-off Cycle Timer 0.01s-9999mins Trigger Delay Switching Relay Module with LCD Display Support Micro USB 5V Power Supply Review:


 At first I was unsure if this unit would do what I wanted. I was trying to find a way to start the cycle on my ice maker at specific times so it it would have ice ready for me before I wake up and before I get home from work because I dont want it to run all day. It has no built in timer function or anything and it does not automatically start when its powered on so my only option was to build something custom.

After thoughts of building some convoluted finger mechanism with linear actuators to push the button, I realized that was just stupid. After some searching, I found various different timing units, most of which did not seem like they would do what I needed. I came across this unit and asked the community if it can be used as a momentary close function without applying any voltage. The answer from another owner helped me so I took a chance and ordered it.

I received it quickly and did some testing with my multi-meter and found it will do exactly what I needed and I confirmed this does not apply any real voltage during this process so its perfect. (Note that I am only using USB power, nothing else). For anyone else looking for something like this too, I set it to P6 mode(which does not require a input trigger because it triggers at power on), set the OP to 0.8s (which is how long to close the circuit at power on), the CL to 1s (which is the time to wait before restarting the OP cycle), and LOP to 1 (how many times to loop).

With P6 mode and all of these settings, it powers on, closes the NO and COM circuit for 0.8 seconds and open again for 1 second but since the loop is set to 1, it stops there. After I wired it up to the switch on the ice maker (which was a tricky task), I was able to use a smart power strip like this one Smart Power Strip WiFi Plug and schedule it to turn on the USB power on at specific times which causes the timer to instantly close and open the circuit, thus pressing the start button.

I was also able to set a automation on the powerstrip app so when ever the USB is powered on, 1 minute later it will automatically power it off. If I ever need to Start/Stop the ice maker outside the scheduled times, I just tell Alexa to "Turn on Ice Maker". I cant ever use "Turn Off Ice Maker" command because of the setup but "Turn on Ice Maker" will do it as well.



DEWENWILS Outdoor Power Strip Stake Timer, Weatherproof Outlet Plug Timer with 6 Grounded (3 180 Degree Rotating Outlets) 6 ft Extension Cord for Yard Electrical Outlets, 13A UL Listed Review:


I bought this timer because the one I bought at Wal-Mart last season its stake part broke when I was putting it into the ground! I live in the Pacific Northwest where there is a ton of rain and soft soil too. My daughter suggested I buy one off Amazon because that is where she purchased a decent one for a good price. Well good thing I did because this beauty comes with a sturdy stake and it is easy to operate. I am using it to power and time my little outdoor Christmas display. It's doing a fine job of it too with 5 items it's powering and I don't have to worry about turning it on and off at night. To save electricity I have it set to turn on at 5 pm and turn off at 1 am. By then most people are snug in their beds and wouldn't see it anyway and it doesn't attract creeps with sticky fingers out early morning. The real test of it was when we had a rough wind storm yesterday. We had gusts up to 60 miles an hour and it held its place and kept working. Some of the decorations got a bit wind blown but not this timer!!! It kept working and stayed upright in the ground despite howling winds! I am very pleased with this item and consider it a good solid buy!



[2020 New Version] BN-LINK Smart Digital Countdown Timer with Repeat Function Accurate Heavy Duty Small Size for Charger Vacation Security, 3 Prong Outlet, 15A/1875W ½ HP ETL Listed Review:


I only want it for its 15 min and 30 min settings so it's not a deal breaker that even a half-second of power interruption from the grid will make it reset to "off." We have those little power glitches several times in every few months so I'll use my other mechanical timers for things like crock pots and ovens that I need to run for hours.

For many reasons, I absolutely prefer to use low priced "switch-type" coffee makers but I don't like the hot plate in them that never turns off. Those coffee makers turn off the water heater once the water has "perked" but those danged hot plates...always on. So, every time I buy one of those coffee makers, I've got to hack into the thing to disconnect the hot plate. That way, if I forget to turn off the swtich: No problem. The main heater has already turned itself off when the water went dry and with the hot plate disconnected it's not such a fire risk when I forget it. This Century Smart Digital Countdown Timer model BNH-60/SU107 relieves me of the need to hack every coffee maker I'll be buying. (I give the model and all that description jazz because Amazon will sometimes mix reviews for multiple products of similar types and web sites that steal Amazon reviews do the same mixing of reviews. If I give the model number in this review, you and I will l know what we're talking about here.)

I just got this thing yesterday so I've only used it twice. Works fine so far. The 15 minute setting lets my coffee maker do its deed and then the power to the coffee maker is shut-off 15 minutes after I had punched the 15 minute button on this timer.

This Century BNH-60/SU107 makes a click sound when a time setting is energized so I'm pretty sure it's got one of those tungsten-points type electromagnetic mechanical relays inside. That's okay. I rather like that. I've had things over the years with those types of relays and they can last and last and last I'm not particularly fond of semiconductors switching 10 amps to 15 amps of current. But, each has their safety risks, I guess.

This one says it will do 10 amps of tungsten and electonic ballast so I guess that's incandescent tungsten light bulbs, halogen light bulbs, fluorescent long tube fixtures, and compact fluorescent twisties. I do not know if they are also including the ballast of lights such as mercury vapor, metal halide, or sodium pressure. Sometimes the start up surge of those latter ones lasts more than just a few seconds so I really don't know. It seems the relay should do everything equally well if it is a mechanical relay, however, a separate and higher value of 15 amps is given for what they call resistive and general purpose. So, obviously resistive refers to little electric ovens, hair dryers, hair curlers, hair irons and things of that nature where controlled resistance to electric current creates heat. But, then, they kind of throw in a mention of 1/2 horsepower, TV-5 as a limitation but they don't indicate the current capacity involved. I'm sure there's a nominal value for the current of a 1/2 horsepower motor and it's startup capacitor but I don't know what that value is.

I'm glad Century made this thing. Guys? Next revision? How about a 15 minute backup like my breadmaker has? I'll probably buy another one or two of these for devices like my TV and radio in the garage and my little air compressor. I wouldn't mind using the long-term settings for those things. It won't be a problem if a grid snafu of a few nanoseconds caused those to shut down.

I like things that automatically shut down. In that way, when my friends say, "Hey! Let's do such and such," I'm not miles down the road when I have to do a 180º turn to double back and shut something off.



Woods 59746WD 24-Hour Automatic Photocell Remote Control Timer with 3 Grounded Outlets Ideal for Automating Holiday Decorations, Christmas Outdoor Lighting, Weatherproof, Adjustable up to 80 ft. away, 125-volt, 60-hertz Review:


This is a fairly simple timer which will give power to up to three different lights or devices. It has a photoelectric timer which delivers power to the three outlets when it detects a certain level of darkness, and you can set it to turn off at dawn or after 2, 4, 6, or 8 hours. It also has a remote control which will turn the whole thing on or off at the push of a button.

I purchased this timer to control two lighted holiday trees outside my front door. One challenge I had with this timer is that there is a small covered alcove just outside my front door which, because it is covered, tends to be a bit darker than the rest of the outside world. Unfortunately the two trees are inside the alcove, as is this timer. This means that the timer senses dusk 1-2 hours before it "should." I compensated for this somewhat by setting the duration at 8 hours, so even if the two trees illuminate at 3:30 in the afternoon they stay on until almost midnight. Sometimes I will use the remove control from inside to turn the lights off before I go to bed.

Bottom line: This timer functions flawlessly, but if you want it to turn on at dusk, be sure you plug it in where it is exposed to the "true" outdoor light level. This probably goes without saying, but the timer doesn't know what time it is; it only knows what light level it sees.



Fosmon Dual Outdoor Timer Outlet, 15A 24-Hour Mechanical Light Timer, 3-Prong ETL Listed Water Resistance and Heavy Duty with 2 Grounded Outlets and 7inch Power Cord - Black Review:


I bought both the 3-outlet and the 2-outlet versions of the fosmon outdoor mechanical timer. I thought I'd use one for the light in my chicken coop (which would remain dry) and maybe one for Christmas lights. I randomly chose to put the 3-outlet model in the coop. It worked great for about a month. The timer (dial) got so tight that it stopped turning. I then put the 2-outlet model in the coop which has been working fine for about the same time period thus far. When I made the switch I noticed that the dust cover over the dial on the 2-outlet model seemed much better. The dust cover on the 3-outlet model did NOT stay closed tightly over the dial. Maybe that is the reason for its failure as it can be pretty dusty in a chicken coop. That said, I have hope that the 2-outlet model will last longer. I'll report back either when it fails or when the days get long enough that I no longer need to use it. Hopefully it will be the latter. If the second one makes it through the winter, the star rating will stay the same only because I can't give five stars after the other one has already failed. If the second one fails, the rating will obviously be lowered.



BN-LINK 24 Hour Plug-in Mechanical Timer Grounded, Accurate Heavy Duty, 3-Prong for Lamps Fans Christmas String Lights White AC 1875W 1/2 HP, UL Listed Review:


Here are the "good" and "bad" on this product.
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ADVANTAGES
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1. This is the highest consumer rated timer among 179 Amazon.com users with a score of 4.8 of 5.0 stars. Competing brands do not come close.
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2. It will operate with the highest energy demanding devices. The timer is able handle equipment that requires a maximum of 15 Amps, 0.5 HP, or 1,725 watts.
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3. UL tested and approved.
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4. There is a maximum of 96 15-minute settings.
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5. The construction is heavy - very rugged. It is not the familiar light cheap plastic types that are commonly sold in hardware stores.
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6. At $10, the consumer is getting great value for an over engineered and durable product that will last for years. For the quality, it should cost $20 to $30.
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7. It is simple to use. First, slide the side switch to TIMER. Second, use a tooth pick to press down the tabs on the clock dial to set the time(s) for the device to go ON. Each tab represents 15 minutes of activation. Third, rotate the round clock dial and position the black triangle to the present time.
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8. There is no comparison between this product and the competition. Through the years, I have used Intermec and GE brands. These were the only choices on the shelves of Lowes and Home Depot. They were cheaply made; they tend to overheat; and the life expectancy was short. The biggest problem was the limited number of settings. Two or four plastic pegs were provided to turn devices ON and OFF. In other words, the user can only activate the device once or twice in a 24-hour day. These plastic pegs tend to fall off and get lost - rendering the timer useless.
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The CENTURY 24 product does not have the above problems. Most important, there are no plastic pegs to insert and lose. Just depress any of the 96 15-minute settings with a toothpick to set a various number of activation times.
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9. The device is grounded for safety.
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DISADVANTAGES
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1. The timer is heavy and big - leaves little room for another electrical device to plug into the electrical outlet.
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2. The manufacturer, Century Products, is not well known as Intermec or GE, competing companies that also make timers.
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3. The timer can only control one electrical device.
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UPDATE 1: I was too premature with my praise for this product. Of the two purchased, one went dead after two days.
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UPDATE 2: The malfunction happened on a Saturday. Three hours after requesting that the defective timer be returned for a refund, the vendor contacted me by email. He politely asked for a description of the problem, which I replied. Within an hour, a second email expressed his personal apologies and indicated that a free replacement will be shipped on Monday.
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The unit arrived a few days later. It was rigorously tested. The product turned my bedroom lamp ON and OFF every 15 minutes for 16 hours everyday. It was OFF for eight hours, because I did not want the lights flashing ON and OFF while sleeping. The testing will continue for the next few days. So far, the replacement timer is working without any problems.
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The reality is that defects in manufacturing happen all the time. This is normal.
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What is not normal is this vendor's reaction. It is unbelievable that a company immediately responded to a customer complaint within three hours on a weekend, confirm the issue within an hour, and ship a free replace on the next business day. Such an experience is "an all-time first." I am totally flabbergasted.
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Customer service like this puts all other businesses to shame. In fact, it must be emulated by all companies.
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UPDATE 3: I was so impressed with the product's quality, versatility, durability, reliability, and usefulness that I purchased four units. In operation for 24/7, they were continuously ON since October 16, 2016. During this time period, there were no breakdowns or time inaccuracies. My lights and lamps were turned ON and OFF without failure.



Fosmon C-10707US Outdoor 15A 24-Hour Mechanical Light Timer, 3-Prong ETL Listed Water Resistance and Heavy Duty Grounded Outlet with 7inch Power Cord - Black, 1 Plug Review:


I bought two of these to turn off my rock fountains at night. The fountains tend to build us algae during warm weather. Usually a weekly treatment of algaecide and a hose blasting will do the trick. But turning the pump off at night lets it dry out to kill algae.

As for the timer operation, it's like falling off a rock. There are 48 30 minute tabs to set as on or off. The tabs are easily pushed down with a finger, or pulled up with a fingernail or small screwdriver. The time is set by rotating the time to align with a pointer, and that's it.

Total installation time about 30 seconds. I don't think I'll have any weather problems, as we have little rain here. I've put the timer under a pile of small rocks for sun protection.



BN-LINK 24 Hour Plug-in Mechanical Timer Grounded, Accurate Heavy Duty, 3-Prong for Lamps Fans Christmas String Lights White AC 1875W 1/2 HP, UL Listed (2 Pack) Review:


Here are the "good" and "bad" on this product.
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ADVANTAGES
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1. This is the highest consumer rated timer among 179 Amazon.com users with a score of 4.8 of 5.0 stars. Competing brands do not come close.
.
2. It will operate with the highest energy demanding devices. The timer is able handle equipment that requires a maximum of 15 Amps, 0.5 HP, or 1,725 watts.
.
3. UL tested and approved.
.
4. There is a maximum of 96 15-minute settings.
.
5. The construction is heavy - very rugged. It is not the familiar light cheap plastic types that are commonly sold in hardware stores.
.
6. At $10, the consumer is getting great value for an over engineered and durable product that will last for years. For the quality, it should cost $20 to $30.
.
7. It is simple to use. First, slide the side switch to TIMER. Second, use a tooth pick to press down the tabs on the clock dial to set the time(s) for the device to go ON. Each tab represents 15 minutes of activation. Third, rotate the round clock dial and position the black triangle to the present time.
.
8. There is no comparison between this product and the competition. Through the years, I have used Intermec and GE brands. These were the only choices on the shelves of Lowes and Home Depot. They were cheaply made; they tend to overheat; and the life expectancy was short. The biggest problem was the limited number of settings. Two or four plastic pegs were provided to turn devices ON and OFF. In other words, the user can only activate the device once or twice in a 24-hour day. These plastic pegs tend to fall off and get lost - rendering the timer useless.
.
The CENTURY 24 product does not have the above problems. Most important, there are no plastic pegs to insert and lose. Just depress any of the 96 15-minute settings with a toothpick to set a various number of activation times.
.
9. The device is grounded for safety.
.
.
DISADVANTAGES
.
1. The timer is heavy and big - leaves little room for another electrical device to plug into the electrical outlet.
.
2. The manufacturer, Century Products, is not well known as Intermec or GE, competing companies that also make timers.
.
3. The timer can only control one electrical device.
.
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UPDATE 1: I was too premature with my praise for this product. Of the two purchased, one went dead after two days.
.
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UPDATE 2: The malfunction happened on a Saturday. Three hours after requesting that the defective timer be returned for a refund, the vendor contacted me by email. He politely asked for a description of the problem, which I replied. Within an hour, a second email expressed his personal apologies and indicated that a free replacement will be shipped on Monday.
.
The unit arrived a few days later. It was rigorously tested. The product turned my bedroom lamp ON and OFF every 15 minutes for 16 hours everyday. It was OFF for eight hours, because I did not want the lights flashing ON and OFF while sleeping. The testing will continue for the next few days. So far, the replacement timer is working without any problems.
.
The reality is that defects in manufacturing happen all the time. This is normal.
.
What is not normal is this vendor's reaction. It is unbelievable that a company immediately responded to a customer complaint within three hours on a weekend, confirm the issue within an hour, and ship a free replace on the next business day. Such an experience is "an all-time first." I am totally flabbergasted.
.
Customer service like this puts all other businesses to shame. In fact, it must be emulated by all companies.
.
.
==================================================================================================
.
.
UPDATE 3: I was so impressed with the product's quality, versatility, durability, reliability, and usefulness that I purchased four units. In operation for 24/7, they were continuously ON since October 16, 2016. During this time period, there were no breakdowns or time inaccuracies. My lights and lamps were turned ON and OFF without failure.



BN-LINK Heavy Duty Mechanical 24 Hour Timer Dual Outlet 3-Prong Accurate Indoor for Lamps Fans Christmas Lights White AC 1875W 1/2 HP, UL Listed Review:


I got this product for the heater I have in my fish tank. In the winter it was fine to be on all the time (we keep it cold in my house to save money). In the spring it gets warm enough that it doesn't need to be on all the time and will get the water too hot. I thought a timer like this would be the perfect solution. And it was! I can turn the tank heater on every other 30 minutes and keep the tank a perfect 78 degrees. I have used this product for 2 months now.

I was initially put off by how big this product is. I thought that in this day we can make anything smaller, why not this. I realized that this is as big as it is because the dial is very detailed and works in 15 minute intervals. Even with the dial this big, the tabs are very small. I had to use the tip of a pen to make sure I was getting the right ones pushed. There is an option to turn the timer on and off it you just want to have your item on all the time without needing to take the dial off and store it (and possibly lose it if you are like me and only need it seasonally).

It's nice that it does have 2 outlets available if you need it. I did only give it 4 stars because of the fact that it is bulky, I can't just put it anywhere. Where I have my tank I can only use one of the two outlets. This function would be perfect though it you were needing it for lights.