The SONOFF Mini is a small and compact DIY smart switch used for different kinds of switch boxes (even the smallest EU standard switch box). It makes it convenient to automate your home appliances with eWeLink app through your smartphone or tablet or voice commands.
You can use it to connect an external light switch or other power outlets around the house. It supports the DIY mode (designed for developers) which allows users to integrate MINI into worldwide third-party open source smart home control system to achieve LAN control without cloud service, such as Home Assistant, openHAB, ioBroker, etc.
The design and build
Well, the SONOFF has assembled the Mini Smart Switch with PC V0 material to ensure sturdiness and durability. It further adds ergonomic and compact design to feel you comfortable while operating the functionalities.
Further, the Smart Switch comes in two pieces to ease the controlling features. On the front, it crafts the brand logo, whereas you will get a wire on the right side. The whole body is well saturated in the white colour shade. Physically, it measures 42.6 x 42.6 x 20 mm.
Hardware and Software
Sonoff Mini is much better designed from the user perspective than Shelly 1. It comes with 6 terminals which is a logical choice as your light fitting will supply 2 power strands, 2 strands to close the bulb loop and 2 strands to close the switch loop. No need to re-invent the wheel (looking at you Shelly!) or splice the cables – just plug and play!
It’s rated for 10A so it can handle sockets too as long as you don’t connect anything power-hungry (your 2000W vacuum is ok). It also comes with an external antenna in case the “noise” from the wires disrupts the WiFi.
If you used the Sonoff devices before, the eWeLink app isn’t anything new to you. Sonoff Mini gets connected in the same way as other devices. Press the reset button for 5 seconds, use pairing mode, follow the instructions and you are ready to operate the device via the app.
Intelligent Controlling: The DIY Mini Smart Switch is principally designed to assist you in handling your home appliances smartly. It is equipped with the WIFI IEEE 802.11 b/g/n as well as LAN network to ensure strong connectivity.
Moreover, it also works with external switchboard through a wire. You can connect it with the rocker light switch to turn off/on your appliances connected with this smart switch.
App and Voice Assistant: Now, controlling your home appliances will be fun as the SONOFF DIY Mini Smart Switch sports mobile app and Alexa Voice Assistant programs. Sync the switch with eWeLink app and control your home anytime anywhere.
Similarly, you can also connect it with the Alexa Voice assistant to turn on/off the devices in a hands-free way.
Scheduling: Notably, the Mini Smart Switch allows you to schedule the on-off time for the devices you want to control. Ultimately, it will save needless power consumption.
Ease of use
Wireless connection needed
This Sonoff smart switch is available for purchase at Banggood.com and it will cost you just about $4.49.