First of all, this is NOT an advertisement. I'm just relating to all my fellow lazy humans that hate to handle the LB everyday about a "discovery" I just found.
I've owned several littermaids over the past 7 years, b/c the damn things keep breaking, but even though its cost prohibitive, I keep buying a new one b/c I'm lazy and Hank likes a clean place to do his business.

The most annoying thing about the littermaid (to me at least) is the damn thing going off at 2am and getting stuck on a tough clump and then the rake goes back and forth until I get out of bed and correct it. I was browsing on ebay and stumbled across this:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2358063127&category=29853

It's basically a more powerful transformer that does indeed have A LOT more power then the standard transformer. The seller claims it has worked for 1.5 years with no problems, and I'm willing to accept that claim, but I don't know about their claim of having triple the power is accurate (see my calculations below).
The thing costs $40 shipped, which is a bit pricey, so since I bit the bullet and bought one, I'm going to share the technical specs so if you want to find your own elsewhere (for a lot less I bet) feel free to do so.

Booster (24V 600ma) vs. Littermaid (12V 500ma)

Power calculation follows:
the booster generates 24V *.6A = 14.4 Watts
littermand std generates 12V *.5A = 6 Watts
14.4/6 = 2.4, so the booster is 2.4 times more powerful than the one that comeswith the littermaid.
I don't know why LM uses such a "weaker" adapter, but production costs and safety might come into play. Please don't blame me if your kitty gets hurt in the thing if it goes off while he is in it.
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your kitty gets hurt in the thing if it goes off while he is in it.

If you have to post this disclaimer, it is all the more reason not to mess with it. Two minutes or less per day or even twice a day is not worth the chance that a cat will get hurt. Do it the old fashioned way.
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Sliced cat is NOT the next best thing after sliced bread.
cary
First of all, this is NOT an advertisement. I'm just relating to all myfellow lazy humans that hate to handle the LB everyday about a "discovery" I just found.

It'll power through the kitty, too.
You do realize that a simple trip to Radio Shack will yield the same product for about $10 instead of $35?
Life itself comes with no disclaimers. I personally don't think this is any MORE dangerous then the regular littermaid for your standard kitty, but then again, I'm no engineer.
You do realize that a simple trip to Radio Shack will yield the same product for about $10 instead of $35?

Well since the seller wouldn't post the ratings of the transformer, I had no idea what it was until I got the thing in the mail. I posted the specs here so YOU can get for for $10 instead of $40. I guess no good deed goes unpunished.
The thing costs $40 shipped, which is a bit pricey, so since I bit the bullet and bought one, I'm ... if you want to find your own elsewhere (for a lot less I bet) feel free to do so.

And there is the biggest problem with the automated devices that are more beneficial to humans than they are to felines.

"Its the bugs that keep it running."
-Joe Canuck
And there is the biggest problem with the automated devices that are more beneficial to humans than they are to felines.

Come again? I love my littermaid, and my cat does too. It saves me time and he has a clean box EVERY time he has to go.
And there is the biggest problem with the automated devices that are more beneficial to humans than they are to felines.

Come again? I love my littermaid, and my cat does too. It saves me time and he has a clean box EVERY time he has to go.

Until the one time he gets trapped or injured by it... that is the risk.

For some it is an acceptable risk.

"Its the bugs that keep it running."
-Joe Canuck
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