Potions and other magic items - activation is a standard action no matter the spell casting time?

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Activation

Drinking a potion or using an oil on an item of gear is a standard action. The potion or oil takes effect immediately.

Command Word

 Activating a command word magic item is a standard action and does not provoke attacks of opportunity.


Use-Activated

Unless stated otherwise, activating a use-activated magic item is either a standard action or not an action at all and does not provoke attacks of opportunity, unless the use involves performing an action that provokes an attack of opportunity in itself.

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So if I drinka potion of Lesser Restoration, its only a standard action to get the restoration effect, but if I cast it from preparation, its three rounds? 

Am I missing something?

Scrolls and wands both state that they take a standard action unless the spell takes longer than that to cast, in which case you use the actual casting time.  

WIth the magic creation rules, the PCs have built a belt that the monk uses to Enlarge Person on himself.  SHould that take only a standard action, or a 1 round?

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So if I drinka potion of Lesser Restoration, its only a standard action to get the restoration effect, but if I cast it from preparation, its three rounds? 

Am I missing something?

That drinking a tiny vial of fluid doesn't take longer just because of the spell brewed into it?
WIth the magic creation rules, the PCs have built a belt that the monk uses to Enlarge Person on himself.  SHould that take only a standard action, or a 1 round?

That depends on the design of the belt, but by default, if the belt is activated by putting it on (use-activated; putting on a belt is how you use it) it doesn't need to be separately activated; it takes as long to activate as it takes to don the belt.

If your party's monk wears the belt continuously, but only activates it when he needs to be larger, it's not simply use-activated.  Consequently, since the item description doesn't state otherwise, the default is for it to take as long to activate as the spell normally takes to cast (1 round).  If the PCs want to make a belt that can be activated more quickly, it should cost more than the basics defined by the pricing guidelines.

I will note, however, that the belt of growth in the Magic Item Compendium is activated with a command word as a standard action.  At 3,000 gp, it's actually much cheaper than the 7,200 gp the pricing guidelines would suggest for a 1/day, CL 10, command word item of a 1st-level spell with a duration of 1 minute/level.

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