TP-Link has finally added HomeKit to one of its products, and it’s a serious bargain. The new version of its very good mini-smart plug has Apple HomeKit support and power monitoring, all for just $12.50 per plug. The Kasa Smart WiFi Plug Mini with Energy Monitoring and Apple HomeKit, EP25 is available on Amazon for $49.99 for a four-pack (a two-pack for $29.99 coming in Q4).
There are many smart plugs out there, but very few with power monitoring and HomeKit compatibility, and none as cheap as $12.50 that offers both. TP-Link’s Kasa line also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, but this is the first device with HomeKit. The company had originally promised that the mini-plug would get HomeKit in January 2019, but changed its mind a few months later.
TP-Link has an existing mini energy monitoring plug without HomeKit, but it’s $23 for one† Other HomeKit-enabled smart plugs for energy monitoring are a lot more expensive, Eve Energy costs $40 (but it supports Thread, while the TP-Link is Wi-Fi). There is also the $60 dual exhaust from Satechithat works over Wi-Fi, and the $33 Aqara Smart Plugrequiring a separate Zigbee hub.
Like other Kasa smart plugs, the Mini with Energy Monitoring can power any compatible plug-in device up to a maximum load of 15 amps. Add real-time energy monitoring and you have a very useful addition to your smart home. The Kasa app is also much better than the software companions of many cheap smart plugs. Allows you to set schedules based on time and sunrise or sunset, and group devices together. It allows timers to run something for a set amount of time or turn it on within a set amount of time and there’s also an “Away” mode and a runtime report, in addition to power monitoring.
One of my favorite features of the Kasa Mini is that it fits over one outlet without blocking the second. It is also UL certified, which is something you should always look for when buying smart electrical products.
While these are TP-Link’s first smart home devices to gain HomeKit compatibility, a new Tapo line announced at CES earlier this year is slated to support Apple’s smart home platform. The company said in January that the Tapo line would include a HomeKit-compatible Mini Plug, Power Strip, Dimmer Switch and Light Strip and should launch in 2022. There’s no word on Matter’s compatibility across TP-Link’s devices, though the company is a member of the Connectivity Standards Alliance, which is working on the new smart home standard.