AOPA Pilot Magazine - February 2021 - 88

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OWNERSHIP

Switch hitter
Now you can 'clap on' your engine preheater
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88 | AOPA PILOT February 2021

Sean Mollet, an electrical and software engineer consultant and Beechcraft
Baron owner with time on his hands during the COVID shutdown, decided to design
his own solution. The result is SwitcheOn
(pronounced switchy-on), a two- or fourchannel electrical outlet that can be
controlled remotely through the cell network. The two-plug model sells for $199; the
four-outlet unit goes for $299. Rather than
having to add your own phone connection
and deal with a variety of SIM cards, you pay
an annual fee of $50 to SwitcheOn through
its app to take care of it. The first year's service is included in the purchase of the unit.
Set up is super simple-and rather
clever. Download the SwitcheOn app for
your Apple or Android device. Plug the box
in and a QR code appears on a small display
on the unit. Scan the code with the app and
it immediately makes a connection.
Plug into the box whatever you
want to switch off or on. Depending on
model, the app shows two or four familiar slider switches. Each can be labeled

CHRIS ROSE

AN AGE-OLD DILEMMA: Tomorrow, a
Saturday, is going to be beautiful and
you're wanting to fly the Mighty Bird. But
overnight temps are going to be down in
the mid-20s. It's a 40-minute drive each
way to the airport, so the idea of trekking
out there after work tonight to plug in
the engine heater is enough to dissuade
you from flying at all. If you wait to plug
it in when you get to the hangar tomorrow
morning, it will be hours before the engine
comes up to a temperature where you feel
comfortable starting it. If only you could
clap on, clap off.
The real solution, of course, is some
way to remotely turn devices on and off.
Such systems have been around for a
few years, using dedicated cellular connections. However, for the most part,
traditional cellular plans didn't cost effectively accommodate such occasional uses.
Owners would have to pay for dedicated
cellular service, often at $40 a month or
more, just to send a few bits of data a few
times a month.


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