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Power Plug Phidget

ID: PSU1000_0
Recommended for new designs: This product (or a similar replacement with a compatible form, fit and function) is estimated to be available for ten years or more.

This wall socket makes it easy for your VINT Hub to switch power to a device or appliance.


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25 $12.00
50 $10.50
100 $9.75
250 $9.00
500 $8.25
1000 $7.50

If you have an appliance or device that uses mains power from a wall socket that you want to integrate into your Phidgets system, the PSU1000 is the safest and most convenient option available. Simply plug it into a wall socket, plug your appliance in, and connect a VINT Hub using a Phidget Cable. You'll be able to switch your device on and off using commands from our API in your program!

VINT Hubs and InterfaceKits

This Phidget can be controlled by a VINT Hub or any other device with a digital output. You can use a Phidget Cable to simply and easily connect the two devices. Here's a list of all of the different VINT Hubs and Phidget InterfaceKits that can be used with this device:

Product Board
Image Part Number Price Number of VINT Ports Controlled By
HUB0000_0 $30.00 6 USB (Mini-USB)
HUB5000_0 $60.00 6 Local Network (Ethernet or Wi-Fi)
SBC3003_0 $120.00 6
Product Voltage Inputs Digital Outputs Digital Inputs
Image Part Number Price Number of Voltage Inputs Number of Digital Outputs Number of Digital Inputs
1010_0 $80.00 8 8 8
1011_0 $50.00 2 2 2
1018_2B $80.00 8 8 8
1019_1B $110.00 8 8 8
1203_2B $70.00 8 8 8

Phidget Cables

Use a Phidget cable to connect this device to the hub. You can solder multiple cables together in order to make even longer Phidget cables, but you should be aware of the effects of having long wires in your system.

Product Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Cable Length
3002_0 $2.00 600 mm
3003_0 $1.50 100 mm
3004_0 $3.00 3.5 m
3034_0 $1.50 150 mm
3038_0 $2.25 1.2 m
3039_0 $2.75 1.8 m
CBL4104_0 $1.75 300 mm
CBL4105_0 $2.00 900 mm
CBL4106_0 $2.50 1.5 m

Part 1: Setup

Welcome to the PSU1000 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:

Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

PSU1000 Functional.jpeg
  1. Connect the PSU1000 to the VINT Hub using the Phidget cable.
  2. Connect the VINT Hub to your computer with a USB cable.
  3. Plug a device or appliance into the socket on the PSU1000.

Now that you have everything together, let's start using the PSU1000!

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the PSU1000, the Phidget Control Panel running on a Windows machine will be used.

The Phidget Control Panel is available for use on both macOS and Windows machines.


To open the Phidget Control Panel on Windows, find the Ph.jpg icon in the taskbar. If it is not there, open up the start menu and search for Phidget Control Panel

Windows PhidgetTaskbar.PNG


To open the Phidget Control Panel on macOS, open Finder and navigate to the Phidget Control Panel in the Applications list. Double click on the Ph.jpg icon to bring up the Phidget Control Panel.

For more information, take a look at the getting started guide for your operating system:

Linux users can follow the getting started with Linux guide and continue reading here for more information about the PSU1000.

First Look

After plugging the PSU1000 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

PSU1000 Panel.jpg

The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:

  • Serial number: allows you to differentiate between similar Phidgets.
  • Channel: allows you to differentiate between similar objects on a Phidget.
  • Version number: corresponds to the firmware version your Phidget is running. If your Phidget is listed in red, your firmware is out of date. Update the firmware by double-clicking the entry.

The Phidget Control Panel can also be used to test your device. Double-clicking on an object will open an example.

Part 2: Using Your Phidget


The PSU1000 is a mechanical relay built into a wall adapter plug. You interact with the REL2001 through the Digital Output Channel Class to turn on and off power to your appliance or device.

Before you use a device or appliance with the PSU1000, please ensure that the power specifications fall within the appropriate range (125V AC, maximum 15amps).

Some devices don't operate properly when they have their power supply cut suddenly or frequently (e.g. computers usually need to be shut down before cutting power). You should read the user's manual for your device or appliance before using the PSU1000 to switch on and off.

Explore your Phidget Channels Using the Control Panel

Double click on the Digital Output channel class under the port your PSU1000 is connected to.

PSU1000 0 Panel Example.jpg

Part 3: Create your Program

1. Setting up your Programming Environment

2. Phidget Programming Basics

Part 4: Advanced Topics and Troubleshooting

How do I know what channel, serial number, or hub port to use in my program?

Before you open a Phidget channel in your program, you can set these properties to specify which channel to open. You can find this information through the Control Panel.

1. Open the Control Panel and double-click on the red map pin icon:

The locate Phidget button is found in the device information box

2. The Addressing Information window will open. Here you will find all the information you need to address your Phidget in your program.

All the information you need to address your Phidget

See the Phidget22 API for your language to determine exact syntax for each property.

Mechanical Relays

This relay is an electrically-controlled switch. For more information about how mechanical relays work and how to use them, visit the Mechanical Relay Primer.

Use with an InterfaceKit
PSU1000 InterfaceKit Terminals Picture.jpg

In addition to plugging directly into VINT ports, the PSU1000 can be used with Interface Kits that have a Digital Output and 5V supply (like the 1018 - Phidget InterfaceKit).

To connect the PSU1000 to the Interface Kit, cut one end off a Phidget Cable and:

  • Connect the red wire to the 5V terminal of the Interface Kit
  • Connect the black wire to G terminal of the Interface Kit
  • Connect the white wire to the desired Digital Output terminal

Plug the end that still has a connector into the PSU1000.

To control the relay, open the DigitalOutput object for the channel the white wire is connected to. Setting the output state TRUE or FALSE will set the state of the relay.

Product Specifications

Board Properties
Controlled By Digital Output
Physical Properties
Wall Plug Style North American
Electrical Properties
Load Current Max (AC) 15 A
Load Voltage Max (AC) 125 V AC
Customs Information
Canadian HS Export Code 8536.49.00
American HTS Import Code 8536.49.00.75
Country of Origin CN (China)

Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
November 20200N/AProduct Release

This device doesn't have an API of its own. It is controlled by opening a DigitalOutput channel on the Phidget that it's connected to. For a list of compatible Phidgets with Digital Output, see the Connection & Compatibility tab.

You can find details for the DigitalOutput API on the API tab for the Phidget that this sensor connects to.

Code Samples

Example Options


				Make your selections to display sample code.