Moes Dual USB Zigbee Socket ZP-LZ-FR2U Review


In this AliExpress Review, I’m fully disassembling and testing the Moes Dual USB Zigbee Smart Socket, model ZP-LZ-FR2U. It’s a relatively cheap (~$20) and simple smart plug, which features a standard plug and two USB ports underneath for powering 5V devices.

It seemed interesting enough for me to buy, disassemble and review so let’s see what it’s got. My other reviews of some Moes products can be found HERE.

The Moes Dual USB Smart Plug can be bought for ~$20 on AliExpress, Amazon.de and Amazon.nl.

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Technical Specification

  • Model: ZP-LZ-FR2U
  • Input Voltage: AC 110/240V, 50/60Hz
  • Max Current: 16A
  • Standby Power Consumption: Less than 1W
  • Communication: ZigBee 3.0
  • ZigBee Device Type: Router
  • Working Temperature: -22°C~45°C
  • Product Size: 120x56x30mm

Disassembly

The Moes Double USB Zigbee Smart Plug came packaged in a cheap, cardboard box containing nothing but the smart plug and a manual. Aside from a general sticker, there is nothing else on it or inside. The package came intact though, so its just AliExpress things. It’s possible the package will be different between sellers, but the product the same.

Unlike other plugs of this type which span horizontally, this one is meant to be installed vertically in your wall plug. It has a standard plug (US, UK, EU, FR, CN, IT, JP & others) on the top and two USB ports underneath it, as well as a quick control and pairing button.

Moes Dual USB Zigbee Smart Socket Plug model ZP-LZ-FR2U front case view

The case is very sturdy and neatly designed, there’s a sticker on the bottom with some general information, mentioning the USB-A ports are 5V2A. The CAUTION: “Strictly installed by a licensed electrician” made me lol though.

The button is used to pair the device (held for ~10sec) or quick toggle the main relay. You can child-lock it via Zigbee2MQTT.

Moes Dual USB Zigbee Smart Socket Plug model ZP-LZ-FR2U back case view

Prying the socket apart gave me some trouble because I was trying not to damage anything. Once I opened it, you can see the plug is connected by three (3×2.5mm) wires to the main PCB. It’s important to note this smart plug is not grounded, which offers an additional path for the electrical circuit to flow into the earth so as to not endanger anyone working with the electricity nearby in the event of a short circuit.

Moes Dual USB Zigbee Smart Socket Plug model ZP-LZ-FR2U disassembly

The two USB ports are soldered solid in the middle of the PCB. I tried jiggling them a bit to see if they will perhaps break apart, but they were good. Some capacitors and a current transformer can be seen on the PCB and that’s about it.

Moes Dual USB Zigbee Smart Socket Plug model ZP-LZ-FR2U usb ports inside

Zigbee communication is handled through a Tuya ZTU Module [Datasheet], also found in some other Moes/Tuya products such as their new Temperature & Humidity Sensor ZSS-KB-TH or their clicky 3 gang wall switches, ZS-EUB.

This module is setup as a router/repeater in this particular device and presented no connectivity issues whatsoever in my setup.

Moes Dual USB Zigbee Smart Socket Plug model ZP-LZ-FR2U zigbee module tuya ZTU

It was a bit difficult to photograph, but the main 16A relay is manufactured by a company called Fanhar based out of Shenzen, China. This relay is also found as a 10A variant in the Moes 2 Gang Switch Module. I’ve had some of those installed as a daily driver in my hallway lights, they are pretty solid.

They feedback a nice clicky sound when toggled, which is a good thing in my experience, weaker relays will give out a fainter sound.

Moes Dual USB Zigbee Smart Socket Plug model ZP-LZ-FR2U 16A relay Fanhar

Home Assistant Integration

The Moes Dual USB Zigbee Smart Socket model ZP-LZ-FR2U is compatible with ZHA and Zigbee2MQTT in Home Assistant. To pair the device, hold the button for around 10 seconds until the LED starts blinking.

Zigbee2MQTT

Moes Dual USB Zigbee Smart Socket Plug model ZP-LZ-FR2U Zigbee2MQTT

The socket is identified as Zigbee Model TS011F and manufacturer _TZ3000_2xlvlnez. It’s also correctly labelled as a Router, meaning it’s capable of relaying Zigbee mesh traffic.

Moes Dual USB Zigbee Smart Socket Plug model ZP-LZ-FR2U Zigbee2MQTT exposed entities

It exposes some interesting entities in Home Assistant through Zigbee2MQTT.

  • select:
    • power_outage_memory: Recover state after power outage
    • indicator_mode: LED indicator mode
  • lock: Child lock (locks the button)
  • switch:
    • endpoint1: Toggles the main relay ON/OFF
    • endpoint2: Toggles the USB ports ON/OFF

Note the operation of the exposed switches: The first switch toggles the main relay or whatever you have plugged in it at 110-220V. The second switch toggles both USB ports at the same time, they are NOT individually controlled. A small disappointment here, meaning both devices you have connected to 5V will be power cycled when you toggle switch 2.

ZHA

The plug is partially compatible with ZHA, being identified as model TS011F by manufacturer _TZ3000_2xlvlnez. Unfortunately, ZHA lacks some functionality as the only things controllable are the switches.

Moes Dual USB Zigbee Smart Socket Plug model ZP-LZ-FR2U ZHA Home Assistant

A custom quirk is missing, so its possible a future update will bring some configuration variables in ZHA from Zigbee2MQTT for the Moes Dual USB Smart Socket.

Usage

I can think of some great use cases for the Moes Dual USB Smart Plug. For example, let’s say you have some remote ESP boards or sensors that you need powering up. You can freely use the USB ports, without extra adapters or plugs. This will save you an adapter, which would normally occupy some standard wall plug somewhere.

Here is a list of some ideas:

  • Powering ESP32 & EPS8266 boards (Very useful!)
  • Powering Presence Sensors (eg. Aqara FP1, Tuya ZY-M100)
  • Powering Curtain Controllers (eg. Aqara E1)
  • Powering 5V Led Strips
  • Powering Portable Speakers
  • Power-cycling Routers (Check Voltage Rating!)
  • Powering Any 5V2A Appliance
  • Charging phones
    • I’ve tested this and while it works, I would not trust this plug to charge your phone

The crucial thing to remember is that the USB ports are not individually controllable. Switch 1 toggles the main relay, switch 2 toggles both USB ports. Keep that in mind when planning things out.

Verdict

This is an interesting Zigbee-based smart plug by Moes. The USB ports are definitely useful and free up some 5v adapters than you normally would have to plug in separately for different devices. Zigbee communication was great in my robust mesh network and the plug relayed Zigbee traffic. I tested this with a Tuya Temperature & Humidity sensor by pairing it directly to the plug in Zigbee2MQTT.

In summary:

Pros

  • Quality ABS plastic
  • Vertical case design
  • Sturdy and robust build
  • Protective Covers on Plug Holes
  • Child Lock Protection
  • Zigbee 3.0
    • Acts as Router
  • Can power any 5V2A device

Cons

  • No energy monitoring
  • USB ports and not individually controllable
  • Not grounded

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Moes Dual USB Zigbee Smart Plug ~ $20



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