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Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


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  • Wireless Live Monitoring
  • Accurate Vitality Diagnosis
  • Water Control
  • Temperature Monitor
  • Light Advice and Alerts
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Product Details

Pattern Name: Indoor
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.4 x 6.7 inches ; 2.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B008FYAHTC
  • Item model number: K001
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,840 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

Pattern Name: Indoor

The smart plant care assistant. Koubachi accurately determines the vitality of your plant and sends you a notification with precise care advice at the right time. Fully rainproof sensor withstands all weather conditions.


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bell on May 22, 2013
Pattern Name: Outdoor
I really want to like this innovative product. But there is not much working once you open the expensive-looking package. Their customer service is one of the worst I have encountered in a long time. Here is what I think, based on my experience:

Pros:
- iphone app
- good packaging

Cons:
- built-in database of plants is very limited, I have found a tough match for only two plants in my yard
- it always shows that a plant needs watering, even when there is standing water
- no on-demand readings of the sensor - only once a day, which also means troubleshooting takes days
- no documentation (even on-line) beyond the start-up guide. How do you decipher LED flashing messages not mentioned in the start-up manual?
- malfunctions in more ways than one: the main button failed after 16 days. It was working one day, but just failed the other without anyone touching it.
- when sensor malfunctions, ALL notification e-mails stop. So you do not know something is wrong.
- there are some undocumented behaviors - once in a while there is a notification badge in their iphone app, but I was never able to figure out what it is. It just comes and goes without any message.
- it officially does not support "hidden" wifi networks
- very slow and misleading customer support - e-mails go unanswered for many days. I have been trying to resolve my problems with Koubachi for the past 2.5 weeks.

Tip: alternating red/green LED lights when you change battery means that the main button malfunctions and sensor needs to be replaced.

If you decide to buy, do it on Amazon - with Apple you have only 15 days to return.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brendan OBrien on November 21, 2013
Pattern Name: Outdoor
This device is average. It's a good concept, but poorly executed. I'll start with the good stuff:

- Readings seem accurate, the water, sun, and temperature readings were pretty much what I expected.

Hmm, is that really it? I guess so. In summary the pros are: The sensor works fine for me, and I am getting accurate readings (when it trasmits, see below), which helped me figure out how much sun/day my plants were receiving.

On to the cons:

- Unreliable. It's supposed to transmit sensor readings every 24 hours. It would often fall behind by days, and therefore give me inaccurate readings and poorly timed advice. It's telling me right now to water my tomato plant, when we just had torrential downpour yesterday. Looking at the sensor readings, they're all 4 days behind.
- Button is a placebo, as far as I can tell. The button is supposed to transmit data immediately. Never worked for me.
- As others mentioned, the plant database is puny. I have a few squash varieties, and the entire squash family is represented only by eggplant in the database.
- Advice isn't very good. You have to already know what you're doing to evaluate the Koubachi's plant health advice, which defeats the point entirely. Example: Koubachi kept telling me my tomato plant was getting too much. It gets 4 total hours of full sun exposure in my backyard and is thriving. Tomatoes love sun. If anything it could use more, not less.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Tumik on April 20, 2013
Pattern Name: Indoor
Two of my orchids were not doing well, even though I though that I'm watering them properly and they have plenty of sunlight (as much as they need).
Once I got Koubachi, it showed me that actually they need to be water differently and at different interval, and also they were not getting enough sunlight (apparently even couple of feet away from window sunlight is so diffused that it is not enough for plants).
Anyway, I'm loving it! It reminds me when they need to be watered, when misted, if temperature is okay and if they have enough sunlight.
You no longer need to worry about plants, Koubachi will take care of that.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Customer on October 22, 2013
Pattern Name: Indoor Verified Purchase
I bought this device based on its working descriptions but it turned out to be a real disappointment. I went through the required calibration process, basically telling it when the soil is wet and when it is dried based on what I felt and it used those information to set up a reminder on my phone to let me know when to water the plant.

I expected this plant sensor to be smart enough to figure wet versus dry condition on its own but I was wrong. I thought the tip of the probe will sense how wet the soil is but it doesn't. There is no real time feedback of the soil condition! There is no real time feed back of anything!

This device is no more than a very expensive reminder. If you expect this sensor to be more than a reminder then you will be disappointed. I will return it for a refund.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steve Kennedy on August 14, 2013
Pattern Name: Indoor Verified Purchase
I am not the typical Koubachi customer who is really into plants. I simply bought this device to remind me when to water a half dozen house plants I have in a room I don't go into that often. First off, the device I got was DOA -- not the batteries, but the device was defective. In the process of working with their Tech Support people in Germany, I was also advised the Koubachi app would not work with my iPad 1. Needless to say, I returned this to Amazon today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Lin on February 20, 2014
Pattern Name: Indoor
I was surprised that others found this product lacking. I purchased this when it first came out - before they had indoor vs. outdoor models. Mine says for indoor use only, but I am using it outdoors since I don't have plants indoors.

I finally had my front courtyard redone with planters with lavender and kumquat. I choose to use the sensor on the lavender planter - which doesn't yet have the drip irrigation - to remind me when to water it.

Admittedly, I thought this was just a fancy watering reminder. So I was pleasantly surprised to see how it can be customized to the type of plant you have. It's limited to just three sensors - temperature, light and moisture. (It can not tell you soil pH or nutrient content, etc.)

I found the setup process pretty straight forward and had no problem setting it up to connect to my home wifi (Apple Airport Express 2). I was glad I didn't need to enter some serial number and that at the end, the sensor was automatically connected to my account.

I was able to press the button on the sensor to update the data - just hold it for a second or two and I immediately went to my computer and saw the updated readings appear. Initially, the sensor said there was 0% moisture, but after I watered the planter and pressed the button, the sensor update said 68%. So I think it's working fine. It had the correct temperature also (72.4). I will see how long this device lasts outdoors - but as I live in southern California, I think it will be fine.

This device has been sitting in the box for probably a year now, and the batteries are still fine. Will update in a few weeks or months if anything happens - like if the batteries run out early or the device stops working.
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