Hard to get Apple Homekit enabled smart plugs, to cover that gap Elgato eve energy launched exclusively to support Apple Homekit to fill that gap.
This switch easily integrates with Apple’s HomeKit and – if Apple’s ecosystem isn’t for you Elgato even offers a multi-platform-compatible smart app.
How to Use Elgato Eve Energy
Elgato Eve Energy switch is an absolute breeze. It works like any other smart switch out there: simply plug it into the outlet, then plug the device you want to control into it.
The Elgato Eve Energy switch connects through Bluetooth – not via your Wi-Fi. Despite not being connected to your home network it is super responsive and easy to use.
Once it’s installed, you’ll be able to turn the switch on and off straight from your phone.
Track power usage of any device you want to.
Related: Elgato Eve Room
The Eve app is built to control your HomeKit-connected devices, and you’ll likely either use it or the Apple Home app.
Control lights from Phone
The Eve device lets you tap a button in the Eve app to turn it on or off, and there’s even a physical button on the little white box itself that will do the same job, which is utterly perfect.
Scenes enable multiple accessories to work in concert. So you can create a scene called “Bedtime” that turns on your bedside lamp via Eve Energy, locks your doors, and shuts your shades – all with one tap or voice command.
Related: Homepod Automation
Upon tapping the plugs name, you can access an extensive list of reports. It will cover your current consumption in watts. Your total consumption in kWh over the course of hours, days, weeks, or months. Entering your cost per kWh, it can tell you how much you’re paying to run an appliance. These are also laid out in easy to digest bar graphs. It’s the best energy monitoring system I’ve come across and I find myself using it as much to check power consumption on different items in my home as I do for home automation.
Integration with Other Homekit Devices
Elgato’s got a serious plan here, as the app itself can do a lot of things like turn on a selection of smart plugs in your home that you group together into “scenes,” like maybe your lamp, a stereo, and your gaming console all at once. The app also integrates all of Eve’s other great gadgets, like the Eve Weather and Eve Door & Window.
Control via Siri
One of the biggest attractions of HomeKit is being able to use your voice with Siri to control your lights and appliance (but not Amazon Echo or Google Home currently).
Related: Apple Homekit Devices 2019
For or Against
Design is nice
|Offers great energy monitoring||
Works with HomeKit
No support for Amazon Alexa or Google Home
How to Setup
Setting up the Eve is really simple, the iOS app even uses your camera to read the serial number and pair the device. Everything was up and running very quickly and trouble free.
Plug Eve Energy into a socket
Download the Eve app from the App Store
Open the Eve app and tap Add Accessory. Eve will now guide you through the setup process to remotely control your devices
If you have already set up another accessory, go to the Eve settings to add Eve Energy to your home
Control devices connected to Eve Energy from the app or using Siri
You can also use the button to control devices connected to Eve Energy