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It’s time for another review, and this one is for the new TP-Link Tapo P100 Smart WiFi Plug.
Let’s start with the basic premise for this smart plug. It’s cheap and from a top-notch manufacturer. That means that you get all of the things you think of when you think of TP-Link, such as:
- Health & Safety Standards are met
- Guarantees & warranties
- Well thought out design
- AND a very competitive price thrown in for good measure
Tapo P100 First Impressions
When TP-Link first sent me the Tapo P100 Smart Plug to review, I was surprised at how small it was.
Because I own and use several HS100 & HS110 smart plugs from TP-Link, I was expecting the Tapo P100 to be more akin to their size. But instead, I found it to be significantly smaller than them.
The Tapo App
Tapo App Installation
The instructions I’m going to give you are for Android.
Once in the app, I discovered a cool benefit – you don’t have to create a Tapo account…. that is, as long as you have a TP-Link Kasa account. Because I already had a TP-Link account for my Kasa plugs, I tried it, and guess what – it worked 🙂
Tapo App Setup
Setup is fairly straight-forward and is just a case of
- Finding & installing the app
- Creating an account or Login in
- Adding the Smart Plug
- Granting access to network
- Searching for device
- Entering your Wifi credentials
- Naming the device
- Adding it to a room
- Choosing an icon
Once in there, you’ll have access to things like:
- Firmware Updates
- Device Information
- Share the device with other family members
- Google Assistant & Amazon Alexa integration
Advantages of Tapo P100
- Smaller size than the TP-Link HS100/HS110
- Cheaper than the TP-Link HS100/HS110
- Looks good & unobtrusive
- Simple to operate
- Can take a load of 13 Amps (supports most uses)
- Works with existing TP-Link Kasa account
Disadvantages of Tapo P100
- Can only take a load of 13 Amps
- No power/energy monitoring features
Is it worth the money?
Yes! For the small fee of £9.99 (call it £10), you can get a Smart plug, that is from a much-respected manufacturer, and with great features and access to smart Voice Assistants.
Not to mention, it’s supported by Home Assistant, which is the Home Automation software of choice for this site.
Is it worth going for the Kasa HS100/HS110?
If you are just wanting a good-value & trustworthy Smart plug, then get this instead of the HS100.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a energy monitoring one, then go for the HS110 if you can find somewhere that has them on offer.
This Smart Plug is great value for money; primarily because it’s sturdy, reliable and I know if anything goes wrong with it within the warranty period, TP-Link will sort it.
It’s rated at 13 Amps, which for our house is enough to support nearly any appliance in here. In fact, I honestly can’t think off-hand of a single device that needs up to the 16 Amps that some plugs go up to.
If the worst happens, then the plug is fireproof, and so that’s always another level of safety that gives me piece of mind.
Do you own one of these?
If you have a Tapo P100, then please, share your thoughts on what you like, or don’t like about them below in the comments. Alternatively, if you have any questions, then why not get in touch.
- Tapo P100 page on the TP-Link site
- Affiliate link on the Amazon store