"The Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor connects your garden for a premium price"
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The Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor connects your garden for a premium price
Hi, I'm Andrew Gephart for CNET and I'm here today to talk about the Koubachi WI-Fi plant sensor.
The Koubachi sensor is an all in one device.
You put this part in the soil by you plant.
And it measures moisture, sunlight, and temperature, and sends those readings via your router to the cloud.
You can check on that from the Android app, the iOS app, or any web enabled device on the website.
The Koubachi comes in two versions.
For 129 you can get this, the outdoor version, which is a little hardier than the $99 indoor version.
The price point on this Koubachi makes it more expensive than the other plant sensors we've tested.
Given that, I was hoping this would be the all-purpose, perfect plant sensor that we were hoping for.
And it's not.
The data the Koubachi gives you is helpful, and it's accurate.
But it's not super specific.
The charts it shows you as it collects data over time is really just a graph, showing the ups and downs of the moisture, or the temperature.
It won't show you specific data points.
You won't get to see.
What the temperature was for your plant on a certain day at a certain time.
But ironically the biggest problem with the price of this Koubachi sensor is how helpful its own website is.
Let me explain.
The app and the website.
Give you tons of helpful data.
It will already tell you how often you need to fertilize your plant, how often you need to give your plant a misting.
And just by checking the soil moisture yourself daily, it can also track watering schedules for you and give you everything you need to know about your plant with the app for free.
The only thing you get with this is it will track that watering schedule without you having to check the soil moisture daily.
It will also check sunlight and check temperature.
If you can't move your garden.
Knowing how much sunlight and how much temperature it gets might not be relevant to you.
Because you won't be able to make it sunnier for your garden.
So if you're looking for a complete hands off plant care helper, Koubachi's device will work for you just fine.
Tons of recommendations and email alerts across all of the categories.
However, if you want to put out any effort what so ever, there are cheaper options out there.
Including Koubachi's own website.
For CNET, I'm Andrew Gephart.
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