For those who don’t know what the fuss is about, the newer european Rancilio Silvia models (usually referred to as E, such as the older V5 E or the new V6 E) feature an “Universal Energy Saving” device, produced by a company called Gicar. In other words – it’s a power saving feature and it makes sure the device turns off after 30 minutes of inactivity. The stock On/Off switch is a digital one and doesn’t hold it’s On position (jumps back to a neutral position after pressing). This makes it really difficult to use with a smartplug, as once the machine turns off you’d have to press the switch again to turn it back on.
I’ve been keeping the switch in the On position with a piece of rubber thick just enough to fit in the gap and hold it in place. Did so right after i got the machine in June and it worked perfectly so far. It allowed me to be using an Eve Energy smartplug – which basically means i’m using the European model together with a HomeKit compatible smart-plug in order to have the machine hot and ready in the morning. I decided to move from my temporary solution to a more permanent one.
I had two minor issues with it so far and i felt the urge to improve it. Firstly, i couldn’t use the switch as i’d have to take out the rubber and put it back each time. Temporary solutions do work, but the rubber piece would slip out and leave the switch in the Off position. This has only happened twice, but waking up to a cold machine isn’t great.
I sure hope this won’t happen again as i’ve ordered a new, genuine ON/OFF switch from an M model, from the US and decided to replace it.
The installation was pretty simple. Unplug the red and black cable, pop the switch out and plug the cables into the new switch to see how it works. And as you’d expect, it works.
It works, but looks too ordinary now. I still somewhat preferred the look with the original icon from the European model (instead of the bolt icon), so i’ve swapped the front plate of the M switch from the European switch. The results are just as intended.
I’ve created an automation and let the plug turn on at 5:00am, turn off 25 minutes later and turn back on after 2 minutes. Repeating the automation at 5:27 allows me to have the machine warmed up for at least an hour at 6:00am.
As result i now have an ON/OFF switch that still resembles the original, but stays in place without having a temporary appearance. It lets me control the machine with a smart plug, but also with the switch itself.
This still doesn’t solve the 30 minutes auto-off feature, but i will eventually look into it some day as well.
Is it worth the effort? Yes – for me personally, i’ve one less thing to worry about.