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Black & Decker PCS10 PlantSmart Digital Plant Care Sensor (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Provides expert recommendations on what to grow, with easy-to-follow plant-care advice and immediate feedback for watering your plants
- Measures sunlight, temperature, moisture, soil conditions, and more
- Works indoors with potted plants or outside with flowers, vegetables, fruits, shrubs, grasses, trees
- Includes USB cable, one AAA battery, storage bag, and quick-start card
- 1-year warranty
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Using advanced technology, your PC or Mac, and an Internet connection, the Black & Decker PCS10 PlantSmart digital plant care sensor analyzes your home or garden's growing conditions and relays advice on proper care and maintenance of plants. Three specialized modes and an interface with the PlantSmart Web site make this sensor useful for beginning and advanced gardeners.
Measures moisture, soil quality, light, and temperature. View larger.
Connects to your computer for real-time read outs and advice. View larger.
The PlantSmart uses one AAA battery. View larger.
The PlantSmart sensor eliminates guesswork by reading your garden or plant's current levels. You choose between three specialized modes, depending on your needs.
In Recommend mode, the sensor takes multiple readings of temperature, light, and soil moisture in a 24-hour period. Based on this data, you will receive recommendations for plants that will thrive in your area. Monitor mode diagnoses ailing or frail plants, giving you detailed instructions on reviving them. Water mode lets you know if a plant is parched or oversaturated.
For a low subscription fee, you can activate an additional mode that will allow your PlantSmart sensor to test your soil's fertility levels.
This versatile device works with houseplants, flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, shrubs, trees, and grasses. It uses one AAA battery (included).
Detailed Instructions for Healthier Plants
After the sensor is finished with its analysis, connect it to your PC or Mac with the included USB cable. The PlantSmart Web site will download the sensor data, along with your area's current weather, climate, and horticultural hardiness.
You will receive a custom report about growing conditions in your area and immediate feedback on watering, sun exposure, temperature, and soil nutrition.
Free, Ever-Growing Gardening Resource
The PlantSmart Web site is a valuable resource for all of your garden and plant inquiries. Search the EasyBloom Plant Library, a constantly expanding database containing information on over 6,000 plants. Learn how to care for specific vegetation and save your searches in your My Plants area.
PC and Mac Requirements
PlantSmart plant sensor, USB cable, AAA battery, orange petal , storage pouch, and Quick Start card.
Simply insert the PlantSmart spike into your garden,
and it will start collecting data--no plug-ins or cords needed.
Top Customer Reviews
I bought it during a Gold Box Deal for under $30. It might be worth that amount, barely. It's definitely not worth $50.00. It would be a better deal if the fertilization data was included, but if you want to know about the nutrient levels in your soil, it costs an extra $3.00/mo.
That point is now moot though since the program that controlled the device has been discontinued effective 01/06/2012. Black & Decker states that the company they partnered with to handle that side of things went out of business. B&D no longer supports it. On the plus side, you can get a refund if it was a recent purchase, but these sensors should not even be on store shelves or in stock on Amazon at this point. It will still provide rudimentary data, but nothing gardeners shouldn't be able to figure out for themselves. Just under 4 stars initially, 1 star now for its very limited functionality. Buyer beware!
The product is darn good, but not perfect. Black and Decker adopted a conservative "consumer friendly" approach, so that very little decision making is placed in the hands of the consumer; in the interest of simplifying this product, B&D gave the PlantSmart a closed architecture, so even if you were interested in seeing the underlying data, you wouldn't be able to. In terms of obtaining a recommendation, you plug the sensor into your computer using a USB cable, pick your plant, set the PlantSmart to Monitor mode, and then stick the sensor into the pot you want to monitor. Water your plant when at the start, then wait; data is collected for 2 days to 2 weeks (they recommend that you wait for a full watering cycle). After the unit beeps at you (indicating dry soil), you reconnect the sensor to the computer, and upload the data. The data is processed through the B&D website, and the values are compared against an aggregated database from several major sources (National Gardening Association, W. Atlee Burpee, Ball Horticulture). The website then provides recommendations to you for plant care. For consumers, this is generally an excellent approach, as it greatly simplifies getting the good results for most plants the long term.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrible product, useless even after numerous contacts with tech supportPublished 13 months ago by BoBirdie
I LIKE THE QUALITY, I LIKE THE DESIGN, EVERYTHING WAS GOOD EXCEPT THAT THE ACCURACY IS NOT PRFECT, I RECOMMEND TO HAVE BETTER DEMONSTRATION AND DETAILS FOR THE GOODS NOT ONLY... Read morePublished 21 months ago by fadi
I just got one from the Salvation Army store & it appeared unopened. I did register the item on the website & received an email notice of an extended warranty. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mstv01
I have two of these products. the one that checks for fertilizer levels and everything else is great. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
I now have 3 of these babies and use them all the time. One is always in "water mode" to check each indoor plant. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by JULIE J Smith
paul gunter ,purched two of the plant smart
systems ????? worked ok fof 2/3 months then nothing only the records of the 2 3 months i'm ready to put mine in the trash and move... Read more
lacks the sophistication of lumens, temps, pH readings in raw format to do much with it. the information is too high level.Published on October 16, 2013 by bk