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Technical Analysis: Everything You Need to Know About TOPGREENER’s TGT02-W Plug-In Timer for Lights

After it’s release in September, the popularity of the Plug-In Timer has risen to new levels. It has been mentioned on top deal sites like 1sale.com, dealnews.com and kinja.deals.com as well as dozens and dozens more. Reviews from Amazon and Bestreviews.com pushit up as one of the top plug-in timers of all time.

It’s one of the biggest items that we have ever released and the expectations for it are just as big as its options. And rightfully so, as it has a hefty plethora of programmable settings if you’re interested in buying one yourself. But before you make that decision, you’ll want to do your research, and that’s why we have ahandy guide with all the information you will ever need to know before choosing to buy the TGT02.

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So, the TGT02 has A LOT of Features

“TGT02” has always been synonymous with “Plug-in Timers” or “Random Timers” (we’ll get into the random feature a little later). Taking on all of the benefits of the HET01 in having the random mode feature along with the daylight savings and the 18 On/Off features has been a notable step in the right direction. The TGT02 is noticeably better in portability and has all the same functions without having to electrically install it in any wall or connect to any wires. Especially with a size that fits in the palm of your hand, we can see why a lot of our customers prefer it over it’s electrical big brother.

Having its 18 On/Off programs, that big footprint makes it a rather big contender in the Plug-In Timer category. More-so than others. In fact, it’s the ONLY one with 18 ON and 18 OFF programmable settings other than our HET01 electrical model. 100% of other timers are stuck around the 14 program mark keeping you limited to what you can do as far as lighting control goes. In many cases you’ll have to lazily walk back to your timer, remove a couple of programs and add new ones, all while everyone is waiting for you to get the timer ready for the Christmas lights. So, the extra programs do come in handy to make things easier on you.

Some people love the clear LCD screen that it sports — that is, after all, often why they bought a TGT02 in the first place. Many timers come loaded with OLD features that never get upgraded, one being the screen.

Two Extra Features are Better Than One

Part of what you get for the added features are more buttons. Three more to be precise, rather than just one. TOPGREENER is using the most popular functions of any timer available in the market today to create one “standard” base point for everything that is programmable. They aren’t the same features as other times though, they’re better. Using what we have learned from the mistakes of other platforms, we have designed a brand new barricade of add-ons and features. All in a small package,

The Random feature is a MAJOR complimentary option that comes in handy. Using your already pre-set programs, it takes those times into consideration and randomly turns on your lights ON and OFF according to your settings. Have something ON for 8am and OFF for 12pm? The timer will take that into consideration and randomly come on between those times and turn off no more than half an hour after the program. It’s a very convenient option to have, especially when leaving for vacation or work.

In practice, the Daylight Savings Feature is pretty straight forward. Hold the DST button for 5 seconds. It should either add an hour to your real-time and all of your set programs or remove it. It’s so you don’t have to go into each setting one by one and add or remove an hour manually. Saves a lot of time.

We have also developed a completely quite and hummmm-less item. While other timers are known to “Hum!” and “Click!” ours is just      …       (silence)         …                  .

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Now lets get to the Programming

Lets go over which button on the timer does what first.

BUTTONS AND INDICATORS

1. Indicates the day(s) of the week. Options are: MO = MONDAY TU = TUESDAY WE = WEDNESDAY TH = THURSDAY FR = FRIDAY
2. DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME indicator DST displayed = ON DST no displayed = OFF

3. Indicates the status of connect light(s) or load(s): ON/ OFF

4. DAY button. Select day(s) of the week: SPECIFIC DAY OF EACH WEEK, WEEKDAYS, WEEKENDS, EVERYDAY

5. HOUR button. During programming, it’s used to select the hour: 1 thru 12 AM/ PM At the main screen, it’s used to turn Daylight Savings ON/ OFF

6. AUTO/ MANUAL indicator. Indicates Manual operation mode and Automatic timer controlled mode

7. MINUTES/ RANDOM MODE button. During programming, it’s used to change the minutes. At the main screen, it’s used to turn Random Mode ON/ OFF

8. RESET button: Push to reset all settings to Factory Default

9. PROGRAMMING button. Press once to enter the Programming of the Clock. Press twice to enter the Programming of the schedule

10. MANUAL button. It’s used to manually turn the light(s)/ load(s) ON/ OFF

11. MODE/ RECALL button. During programming, it’s used as a Recall button: Press RCL to bypass or Recall a saved program At the main screen, press the MODE button to switch between Manual operation mode and Automatic timer controlled mode

12. AM/ PM indicator

13. CLOCK

14. RANDOM mode indicator RND displayed = ON RND not displayed = OFF

 

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PROGRAMMING

NOTE:

• This timer has a built in rechargeable battery backup. The programming will be stored during the event of a power outage.
• In programming mode, there is a 12 second time-out. If no buttons are pressed within 12 seconds, the display will return to main screen.
• The switch displays the time in 12-hour format.

To Enter Programming Mode

1. Press the PGM (Program) button once to set the clock (the current time).

2. Press the PGM (Program) button two times to enter the programming mode for adding and removing ON or OFF times on the schedule.

• At any point during programming of the clock or schedule, the MAN (Manual) button may be pressed to exit and return to the main screen.

Setting the Current Time and Day (CLOCK)

1. Press the PGM button once and the CLK icon will appear on the bottom left of the screen.

2. Set the time using the HOUR and MIN buttons. Make sure the AM/PM indicator is displaying the right letter.

3. Select the current day of the week by using the DAY button. 4. Press the MAN button to return to the main screen.

Adding ON and OFF times to the schedule

NOTE: Each program you add to the schedule should have an “ON” and an “OFF” time. The day(s) you select for the “ON” time should match the day(s) in the “OFF” time.

1. From the main screen, press the PGM button two times and “1ON PROG” will appear on the screen. You are now ready to set the ON time for PROGRAM 1.

2. Set the time using the HOUR and MIN buttons. Make sure the AM/PM indicator is displaying the correct letter.

3. Select the day of the week by using the DAY button.

• NOTE: if you want to apply the program to every day of the week, press the DAY button until all the days of the week are displayed. This will count as 1 program, not 7 separate programs.

4. Once the day is selected, press the PGM button once and “1OFF PROG” will appear on the screen. You are now ready to set the OFF time for PROGRAM 1.

• Repeat steps 2 and 3 to set the OFF time and day.

5. Once you are done selecting the OFF time and day, press the MAN button to return to the main screen or the PGM button add more programs to the schedule.

Run the Program:

BYPASS a Program:

1. Press PGM button to scroll through the programs and stop when you see the ON or OFF program that you wish to bypass.

2. Press the MODE/RCL button. When you see “–:–“, the program will be bypassed. Remember to bypass each OFF program for every ON program and vice versa.

3. When you are done bypassing the programs, press the MAN button to return to the main screen.

Resetting the Timer:

To reset the Timer back to Factory Default Settings, use a small object such as paper clip or the tip of a pen and press and release the “R” button. The display will flash indicating a reset.

Daylight Savings Time (DST):

1. To Enter Daylight Savings Time, go to the main screen and hold down the HOUR/DST button for five seconds or until you see “DST” in the display. You are now in DST.

2. To Exit Daylight Savings Time, go to the main screen and hold down the HOUR/DST button for five seconds or until “DST” is no longer in the display. You are no longer in DST.

NOTE: Daylight Savings Time does not automatically change during DST events. This DST button is a convenience button designed to easily adjust the clock by 1 hour, forward when ON and back when OFF.

Random Program mode:

This Timer has a Random Mode that may be used as a safety feature. While in Random Mode, the Timer will randomly turn the lights ON within a 30 minute window of each programmed ON time and randomly turns the lights OFF within a 30 minute window of each programmed OFF time.

1. To Enter Random Mode, go to the main screen and hold down the MIN/RND button for five seconds or until “RND” is in the display.

2. To Exit Random Mode, go to the main screen and hold down the MIN/RND button for five seconds or until “RND” is no longer in the display.

OPERATING THE TIMER

NOTE: To run all the programs, the timer must be set to AUTO (Automatic) Mode

1. Go to the main screen. Use the MODE/RCL button to switch between the Automatic and Manual modes. AUTO will be displayed if you are in Automatic mode and MAN will be displayed when you are in Manual mode.

2. Whether you are in Automatic or Manual mode, you can manually turn the lights ON or OFF by pressing the MAN button or the door of the controls when it is closed. • “ON” or “OFF” will be displayed indicating the current status of the lights.

Automatic Mode: In this mode, the timer will run the programs that you have scheduled. It will automatically turn the lights ON or OFF based on all your programs. Manual Mode: In this mode, the timer WILL NOT run the programs that you have scheduled. You will only be able to operate the lights using the MAN button

Manual Mode: In this mode, the timer WILL NOT run the programs that you have scheduled. You will only be able to operate the lights using the MAN button.