Tapo 100 Smart Plug

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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
View the Tapo P100 on Amazon

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.

Screenshot of the app on the Google Play Store
Tapo entry in the Google Play Store

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

  1. Finding & installing the app
  2. Reviewing T&Cs & Privacy Policy
  3. Creating an account or Login in
  4. Adding the Smart Plug
    1. Granting access to network
    2. Searching for device
    3. Entering your Wifi credentials
  5. Naming the device
  6. Adding it to a room
  7. Choosing an icon
  8. Done

Once in there, you’ll have access to things like:

  • Timers
  • Schedules
  • 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.

Conclusion

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.

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Grandadevans

I am a disabled veteran of 3 tours of Iraq and a tour of Afghanistan as part of the British Army. No longer able to work as I have to lay down on a sofa-bed in my living room 20-ish hours a day. I'm hoping to be able to make a living blogging about my Home Automation /Smart Home journey and maybe regain some dignity in life.

4 thoughts on “Tapo 100 Smart Plug

  • May 1, 2020 at 18:51
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    is it supported by Home assistant ? i cant find any integrations for it anywhere ?

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    • May 5, 2020 at 12:31
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      Hi Daz, Unfortunately, there isn’t any direct integration with Home Assistant as yet. There is a way to do it though.
      I just need to get the system working on my platform and then I’ll publish it, as it’ll not only apply to this – but to many items that aren’t directly supported by HA.
      Once I have the integration working on my system, I’ll try and get the post up as soon as possible, even though I have around 3-4 posts mid-stream at the minute.

      Thanks for your comment, and I’m sorry it took a few days for me to approve it & reply. Unfortunately, COVID-19 means that amongst all my usual job titles, I now have Teacher, explaining my lack of free time these days.
      John

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  • May 5, 2020 at 12:39
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    Hi John many thanks for your comments, didn’t expect a reply to be honest so very thankful. Be great if you manage to integrate to HA as there being sold very cheap on Amazon at the minute. Good luck and once again many thanks for all your work.

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    • May 15, 2020 at 10:50
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      Hey Darrin,

      I know I’ve had a system working before. Admittedly, it took a mixture of Home Assistant, NodeRED & the Alexa app. I just need to figure out how I did it, then replicate it in a post.

      Unfortunately, at the minute I’m having to spend around 20-odd hours a day laid on my sofa-bed trying to balance not being ‘out of it’ because of too much medication, and crippled by agonising shooting pains down my arms; legs; back; testicles; you name it.

      Alongside that I’m doing the home-schooling thing with a very understanding 10 year old son & trying to support my wife (a teacher) whose currently having to work around 80 hours a week during the lockdown.

      The only joy I get is complaining about things 🙂

      Anyway, I will say that I’ll try and find out how I did it soon, as I’m spending some time on it at the minute anyway, trying to get the BG Smart Sockets/adaptors to work in Home Assistant again after they changed the firmware & App.

      Fingers crossed 🙂
      John

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