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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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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Imported (China)
  • ASIN: B003Z4JV8K
  • Item model number: PCS10
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,051 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

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From the potted petunia in the living room to the tomato plants on the patio to the Elm tree in the yard, Black & Decker's Plant Smart sensor makes growing lush, healthy plants easy and fun. The compact digital sensor measures sunlight, temperature, moisture, soil conditions, and more by simply inserting the testing end into the ground for 24 hours. It then separates and the top part plugs into a computer to provide several types of customized growing feedback. In Recommend mode, the tool helps to find the right plant based on the present growing conditions; in Monitor mode, the tool makes suggestions to improve the health of an existing plant; in Water mode, the tool instantly measures soil moisture to see if a plant needs water. Additional online resources include a library of 6,000 plants and a My Plants personalized homepage. Sweetly designed with a big orange flower on top, the sensor makes a great gift for any home gardener. It includes USB cable, one AAA battery, storage bag, and quick start card; and it carries a one-year warranty.

From the Manufacturer
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.

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PCS10 PlantSmart
Digital Plant Care Sensor
At a Glance:
  • For indoor or outdoor use with houseplants, flowers, fruit, vegetables, trees, grass, shrubs, potted plants, and more

  • Measures light, temperature, moisture, and soil quality for instant gardening recommendations

  • Three specialized modes--Recommend, Monitor, and Water--address your specific needs

  • Connects to PlantSmart Web site for advice tailored to your area's growing conditions

  • Includes a one-year warranty
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Measures moisture, soil quality, light, and temp
Measures moisture, soil quality, light, and temperature. View larger.

Plugs into your computer
Connects to your computer for real-time read outs and advice. View larger.

Uses one AAA battery
The PlantSmart uses one AAA battery. View larger.
Three Modes Track Sunlight, Temperature, Moisture, and Soil Quality
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

  • Windows: XP; Vista (32- and 64-bit versions); or 7 (32- and 64-bit versions)
  • Mac OS X (v10.5 and later, Intel processors only)
  • High-speed Internet (DSL or cable) recommended

  • What's in the Box
    PlantSmart plant sensor, USB cable, AAA battery, orange petal , storage pouch, and Quick Start card.


    Black & Decker PCS10 PlantSmart digital plant
    Simply insert the PlantSmart spike into your garden,
    and it will start collecting data--no plug-ins or cords needed.

    Product Description

    Advanced technology plus expert advice – in one simple solution. Measures sunlight, temperature, moisture, soil conditions and more. Provides expert recommendations on what to grow, easy to follow plant care advice and immediate feedback for watering your plants Works indoors with potted plants or outside in your lawn or garden. Works with flowers, vegetables, fruits, shrubs, grasses, trees and more. Works in 3 settings. In Recommend mode, our custom selection tool helps you find the right plant based on your unique growing conditions. In Monitor mode, analyze an existing plant and receive a custom report that provides clear guidance for improving your plant’s health. In Water mode, instantly measure soil moisture to see if your plant needs water. Takes the Guesswork out of Gardening. Includes USB cable, one AAA battery, storage bag, and quick start card.

    Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Can you imagine buying something, like this, to help you measure SOMETHING.
    Samuel Sanchez
    This is great because it all you have to do is put it in the ground for 24 hours and plug it back into the computer.
    staparker
    This product no longer is supported by Black & Decker, the company they partnered with has gone out of business.
    DeLyn

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    121 of 125 people found the following review helpful By f2k031 on March 14, 2011
    Verified Purchase
    Without a subscription the product gives only limited information about soil moisture levels and Sun light. No information on soil quality or fertilizer receommendations unless you subscribe to a monthly plan which is about $4 more a month. Useless.
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    211 of 226 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Sanchez on April 16, 2011
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    Can you imagine buying something, like this, to help you measure SOMETHING. I was very disappointed that ALL it did was give you "moisture," "bright," "warm." NO REAL NUMBERS! Than it gives you a list of plants for your "area" and a link, for some, to buy the plant/seeds - selling! So it does an awful job collecting data with no numbers ("warm," "intense [sunlight]]," "moist"[soil]). What is "bright"? What is "moist"? I could do this MYSELF just by looking and touching the ground! No Ph LEVEL!! They want MORE MONEY for "fertilizer" information. LOUSY and VERY disappointed. Don't waste you money. Just look out the window, touch the ground, and save your money especially when this device comes back with recommendation to "BUY" plants, seeds, and additional soil information on a monthly basis that should be included when you purchase it.
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    74 of 77 people found the following review helpful By S. Rivera on April 13, 2011
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    If you want to get readings of how much sunlight & moisture areas of your garden receive or if you want to know your soil temp, it gives you a nice little graph. If you want recommendations for types of plants or seeds, there are some limitations. In my case, the 1st recommendation for 5 of the 6 areas I monitored is something called saxifraga. I've never seen or heard of this plant in all the years I've been gardening. It's not even listed in any of my gardening books except for a small comment about plant propagation in a houseplant book. I was taking outdoor readings. The major disappointment is in customer support. I've called Black & Decker several times trying to get some clarification about the plant recommendations, or lack thereof. The most common response is "They gave us one to use, but I haven't tried mine yet." - or words to that effect. The most frustrating thing is that according to this device, basil won't grow in an area of my garden where it's grown for the past 2 years, but it doesn't say why. I called cust supp. once more to see if someone could clarify how it makes recommendations. I got the company line about not having used the device. When I asked to speak with someone who had used it, I was told that she wasn't in today but would be back tomorrow. Apparently there's only 1 person at B & D who knows anything about it.
    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.
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    28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kort TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 21, 2012
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    When this product did work, it was a nifty little device. It could give readings for temperature, soil moisture, sunlight, etc. I had to pay a subscription for soil analysis (its best feature) but knew that going in.

    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!

    ~ Kort
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    35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By john on April 9, 2011
    To get full use of this product you must purchase additional access to online analysis. I would not recommend this product. See other reviews for details of problems with it's application.
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    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Eriksen on November 10, 2011
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    For the price, the PlantSmart sensor is a bargain; it works well as an environmental sensing, monitoring and recommendation system. The system monitors light, temperature, soil moisture and (potentially - see below for a disclaimer) nutrient levels, collected over weeks of time and viewed on the website, something that I've never seen in this price range before.

    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.
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