Digital Timer Switch Comparison Chart

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Development Progress, Features, Scheduling and Timing | Comments Off on Digital Timer Switch Comparison Chart

Digital Timer Switch Comparison Chart

As we prepared to focus on promoting Nanospark as a digital timer for equipment, we accumulated a fair amount of data about other digital timers on the market.  We’ve compressed the data down to key features, and represented it in a comparison chart.

We hope this will help you see the value of Nanospark for your timing needs.

How some of the industrial digital equipment timers stack up.

How some of the industrial digital equipment timers stack up (click to enlarge).


There are a couple things from the above chart worth expanding on.  First is the interface.  Most of the digital timers have a seven segment display (that is a small LCD screen) and then 6 to 9 buttons to cycle through menus and setup programs.   Nanospark is a true touch screen- using an app on a tablet, smartphone or iPod touch as the interface.  This makes programming schedules simple to learn and easy to setup.

Next, take note of the remote override feature.  Though given the same label, Nanospark’s remote override is quite different from Tork’s.  Tork includes a remote override switch that can be installed anywhere within a facility and then wired back to the timer with a control wire (small gauge, low-voltage).  So the “remote” switch is still somewhere within wiring distance.

Contrast that with Nanospark’s remote override which is through text message.  Nanospark uses a service called Twilio which, for $20 or less a year, allows you to  check on the status of all equipment wired to the timer (individually or systemically).  Then with a text message turn equipment on or off thereby overriding the current schedule.

Of course, we can’t neglect the bottom line.  Nanospark excels when we look at number of circuits (or outputs) for the price.  Timers in the same price range as Nanospark only have one or two circuits; Nanospark has 10.  Without Nanospark, to get that many channels- that many pieces of equipment controlled by one timer- you’re looking at 3 to 10 times the cost of Nanospark.

We’d love to hear from you too.  What features do you find important for your equipment timers?  What features are missing that you would love to have (we many just build it for you)?

If you prefer to make your own in-depth comparison, you may appreciate the following links to the product pages on the various timers:

Nanospark Universal Equipment Timer

Intermatic ET8215B

Tork ELC series

Omron H5F

Tork E Series

Intermatic GM40AV

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