By Eric Campbell
This is the
second automatic feeder for our dog (75 pound mutt) that we’ve tried; the first
was the “PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed” which worked — ok — for a
little under 18 months. We began to have an issue with the mechanism jamming
and not dispensing food on an inconsistent basis. It became a big enough issue
where we never knew for sure if our dog got enough food if we weren’t there to
watch it dispense. She would never let on either way, which didn’t help.
This WOPET automatic dog feeder A36 is priced much more reasonably, is easier and more user friendly to set up and control, and the mechanism seems to me to be a better design. A few more points:
* The hopper, which I believe is a little smaller than the other unit we tried in the past, has a clear top and the food level is easily seen. There were a couple of unfortunate instances where our old dispenser ran out of food, causing a (temporary) missed meal.
* This unit includes a wall plug, which is available with the other unit but at additional cost. As of this morning, pricing out the other unit with an adapter comes in at just under 150 dollars. There is still a battery back-up for this dispenser, so if you lose power your pet will still get fed.
*This dispenser is much easier to program and doesn’t require holding onto a two sided reference sheet of commands for future reference like our old unit. Granted, the old unit allowed other features like slow feeding mode, additional feeding times, and early, manual dispensing of food which then automatically skips the next scheduled feeding. This dispenser is more basic, with 4 available feeding times in a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and “4th meal”) which worked just find for us. Our dog’s feeding needs are pretty basic.
If I had a complaint, it would be with the initial “fine tuning” needed to get the pet’s portion correct. It’s based on grams, and each rotation of the hopper delivers 10 grams. So we weighed 2/3 of a cup of dog food, rounded up (our dog would not appreciate rounding down) and we gave that a try. First meal came out a little on the large size (dog did not complain) so we backed it off a bit and got it pretty close on our second try. If I was to do it over again, I’d keep hitting the manual dispense button (each time cycles one hopper of food) until we filled up the appropriate feeding cup. As long as you keep track of how many it takes to do that (6 for us) you should be pretty much set.
All in all, for under 90 dollars my wife and I feel this is a better dispenser than our previous purchase. It includes a power adapter, seems to have a better feed / hopper mechanism, and has just enough features so as to not over-complicate the programming and day to day use. If this continues to hold up for us (and exceeds the 18 months we got out of the other product!) we definitely recommend it.
WOPET automatic dog feeder A36 overview:
WOPET automatic dog feeder A36 Feature:
- Flexible meal portions from 1–39 protions
- 4 feeding times can be set for any time
- Personal voice message calls your pet
- Dry dog or cat food; no canned or wet food snacks
WOPET 7L automatic pet feeder Specification:
- Material: ABS
- Color: White
- Dimensions:9.8 x 13.7 x 15.3 inch
- Food container capacity:7lbs dry food
- Rated Voltage: 110-240V
- Power adapter voltage: 5V/0.2A
- Battery Powered：Requires D Batteries (not included) 3 Pieces
FEED YOUR PET WHILE YOU’RE AWAY – Schedule up to 4 automated feedings per day using the built-in programmable timer. Program each meal time with a few button clicks on an easy to use LCD screen. Control food portions from 2 teaspoons to 4.5 cups per feeding. NEVER MISS A FEEDING. The WOpet feeder is wall powered and/or battery powered. In case of a power outage, the feeder will continue to function on 3 D-size batteries to assure your pet gets fed (batteries not included).
CONTROL PORTION SIZE OF EACH FEEDING – Dispense anywhere from 2 teaspoons to 4.5 cups dry food per feeding to sustain any size animal. You can program a unique portion size for each automatic feeding, allowing you to ESTABLISH REGULAR EATING ROUTINES throughout the day without any stress.
RECORD A CUSTOM MESSAGE FOR YOUR PET – Keep your pet excited about meal times! Press and hold the mic button for three seconds to begin recording a message to be played as each feeding dispenses. (e.g. Here, Fido! Come and eat, boy! Good doggy.)
OPERATING TIPS – Suitable for dry food only, with the food pellet size ranging from 0.2-0.6 inches in diameter; up to 4 meals a day. The removable hygienic feeding tray is dishwasher safe and easy to clean. LARGE STORAGE COMPARTMENT – The main food storage compartment can hold up to 20 CUPS of food and is removable for easy cleaning and refilling.
CUSTOMER SERVICE – Customizable Feeder Great for Dogs, Cats and Small Animals of Various Sizes.Provide a interesting living for your pet with our pet feeder!24-hour professional service center, full refund within 30 days, 12 months warranty and 24/7/365 technical support.