WiFi Latching Sprinkler Controller
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- Valves are controlled via cloud based sensors
- Unit pPays for it self by saving water.
- Control or monitor your system with Amazon Alexa.
- Unit tracks the amount of water yousave.
- Unit can be controlled or monitored from any web browser, or Alexa.
- Eliminates the need for long cable runs to sensors.
- Secure HTTPS connections using TLS1.2 Encryption.
- Works seamlessly with VegeCloud.com.
- Valve states are uploaded to the web after each run cycle.
- Fast and easy web based setup.
- Long battery life.
- Water tight enclosure.
- Box has flanges and screw holes for easy mounting.
- Easy to mount and compact.
You can save water, power and money.
With the WiFI Latching Sprinkler Controller (VegeSprinkler), you can stop wasting expensive water and electricity.
The godness of this sprinkler controller is that it will quickly pay for itself as it only uses the precise amount of water that your lawn and plants require.
Within minutes you will be able to setup the VegeSprinkler, through its web interface using your phone or computer's web browser.
The VegeSprinkler works with any available cloud based sensor.
Cloud based sensors can be placed anywhere in your lawn, garden or farm where Internet is readily available.
This eliminates long cable runs from sensors to controllers.
Also since all of the data is in the cloud, it is fast and easy to retrieve and view sensor data, so that you can fine tune your own system.
The most popular sensors are are our VH400 soil moisture sensors, and our THERM200 soil temperature sensors. When coupled with a VegeSprinkler or Wifi Sensor VegeHub, these sensors become cloud based sensors, that can be read by any controller on the Internet that knows their secret key.
You configure your VegeSprinkler by setting up a watering schedule, as you would with any standard sprinkler controller. Then you configure the cloud based sensor inputs to the controller, by entering their web address, thresholds, and conditions.
For example you can specify that a sprinkler turn off if the soil moisture is >35%, or if the temperature is below 50°F (10°C) to prevent damaging your plants from watering during cold weather.
Some traditional sprinkler clocks have primitive rain sensors thrown on as an after thought. These rain sensors consist of a couple of plates mounted to a sponge. When the sponge gets wet from rain it expands and closes the contact sensor, shutting down every valve on your system, until the sponges dry out.
In contrast the VegeSprinkler allows independent laser precision control of each valve.
Every valve can be fine tuned to a set of advanced cloud based sensors independently of the other valves.
One valve may be tied to a temperature sensor and moisture sensor in your lawn, and another tied to a relative humidity air sensor in a green house. The combinations are many.
Old fashioned sprinkler controllers are placed safely in the garage because they are power hungry, and not waterproof.
Because the VegeSprinkler is waterproof and not tied to a power source, you can place the unit anywhere. Mount it on a fence, a post, a tree or anywhere close to your valves.
Traditional controllers use 24VAC cable and then run hundreds of feet of cable underground to each sprinkler valve from the controller's central location to each of the valves.
What happens when a gopher chews through a cable? Yes - you have a problem.
Since our latching controller is placed near the valves you will never have this problem again. If you do find yourself in this situation, it may be easier to replace the valves in your box, with latching valves, and place our latching valve controller nearby to control them.
Traditional controllers and valves haven't been updated in over a hundred years, and were designed at a time when fossil fuels were thought to be endless - when there were no concerns of atmospheric pollution. As such they are power hogs. When you factor in millions of these ancient devices wasting power around the world it translates into millions of gallons of oil and millions of tons of polution pumped into our air.
Latching valves use a 50ms pulse of power to turn them on or off, and as such their power is negligible. Latching valves consume 36,000 times less power than a traditional sprinkler, based on a 1 hour cycle.
The VegeSprinkler uses TLS 1.2 SSL for secure Internet connections, allowing it to do secure HTTPS posts to servers.
If you don't care about security, you can still post using regular HTTP.
The VegeSprinkler comes with the most commonly used website certificates, or using our certificate tool, you can put on your own.
One of our primary design goals for the VegeSprinkler was long battery life. We wanted you to be able to place it anywhere without worrying about power connections.
Under normal use scenarios your batteries will last over a year.
The VegeSprinklers come with a battery cable clip, suitable for standard 9V batteries.
If you are using power from an adapter, you can replace the clip with your own wires.
We recommend using a 9V AA battery pack with 6 AA batteries.
Use lithium batteries if the location will get cold.
You can configure the VegeSprinkler to send it's battery voltage when it updates to the server, so that you can monitor its level. Battery life depends on your valve cycles, and update rate.
Make sure you don't put batteries inside the box, because it is air tight, the batteries will breathe gas acid in the heat, thus corroding the components.
You can Setup your VegeSprinkler and add it to your local WiFi network by using a browser on your phone or PC.
Once it has connected to your network you can plug in a USB thumb drive, and it will write the IP address to a file. This IP address allows you to configure it through it's web interface.
To configure it, press a button, and it will become a mini web server on your network, and serve up configuration pages. Examples of the configuration pages are provided below.
See the Quick Start Guide for step by step instructions.
While it's possible to go it on your own and write your own server, to control the sprinkler controller, through itself web API. Why bother when it works seamlessly with VegeCloud out of the box (see tutorial in the Video Tab).
VegeCloud allows you to store the data, and allows you to visualize it with graphs, and also to set triggers on your data so that you can get text alerts and email messages, when your sensors have passed a threshold value. VegeCloud also gives you access to Alexa.
You can use voice commands to ask Alexa about sensor values, and to override the normal schedule. For example, if you want to stop the sprinklers from coming on while you are having a party on the grass, you can tell alexa to turn them off at a particular time.
Voice commands are much faster and easier than pulling out a phone, and opening an app or web browser. Alexa is a paid service on VegeCloud which costs under a dollar/month.
You can put this box outside in the rain or snow. The rugged ABS plastic box has silicone rubber gaskets making it waterproof.
All of the cable entry points use cable glands, so that no water or insects can get in.
The box has flanges and screw holes for easy mounting, so that you can put it anywhere.
If your Internet goes down - no problem. The will keep running its internally stored schedule. When it is able to connect to the Internet again, it will resume querying cloud sensors to make watering decisions.
Our product philosophy is simple. We provide low-cost modular building blocks to our customers, and then let them come up with their own applications.
Get creative with our very unique sensors, WiFi Hubs, Relay Boards and come up with your own creations.
The following screen shots of the VegeSprinkler's web interface shows you how the VegeHub can be flexibly configured:
See Water Saved on VegeSprinkler's Home Page
Create up to 4 Program Schedules
Manually Run a Program or a Valve.
Control Valves with Cloud Based Sensors.
|Power consumption||Sleep mode: 35uA.
Server update mode: 38mA for about 2.5 seconds.
Valve State Change: 350mA for about 50ms.
|Supply voltage||5.5 to 12V supply|
|Dimensions||See drawing below.|
|Number of Valves||4|
|Operational Temperature||-0°C to 50°C|
|Enclosure||Wall mounting bracket.|
|Maximum update Rate||Every 5 minutes|
|Current Firmware Version||0.8.0|
Coming Soon -
|TB1 (Battery In)|
|1||VIN||+Battery (Red Battery Wire)|
|2||GND||-Battery (Black Battery Wire)|
If you intend on powering the VegeSprinkler from a battery, battery selection is very important. Not all batteries types act the same in different environmental conditions. For example alkaline batteries do not do well in cold temperatures.
For temperature extremes Lithium Ion batteries are best, with a typical range of -40°C to 60°C. If you need off the shelf disposable batteries we recommend Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries. Their 9V battery has a 700mAh capacity, and their AA have a 3500mAh capacity. If you use the AA batteries we recommend that you get a 9V or 12V AA battery holder to supply power to the VegeSprinkler.
Rechargeable 3.7V Lithium Ion 18650 batteries are also a good choice, for environmental extremes, and for long life. Two batteries in series is sufficient to power the VegeSprinkler.
Because batteries off-gas acid, especially in hot environments, never place batteries inside the VegeSprinkler enclosure, as this will corrode and destroy the electronics, over time.
VegeSprinkler - WiFi Latching Sprinkler Valve Controller, controls up to 4 valves.
|BH-AA-9V||9V battery holder with snap clip. Holds 6 AA batteries. Recommended for all VegeSprinkler's.|
Rain resistant battery box for 9V battery holders. (Does not include the battery box bracket.)
Rain Resistant Battery Box:
Whan putting our products outside in the rain & elements, you will need to protect your batteries from the rain and the sun.
Our rain resistant battery boxes are designed to hold and protect 6V or 9V AA battery holders in 2x2 or 2x3 Configurations.
It is Easily Mountable
We have put a lot of effortt into the enclosure design to make it easy to deploy, and attractive. There are two winged flanges with screw holes, which allow you to mount it to any appropriate surface.
Use a double sided tape for other surfaces.
Resistant to Rain and very Rugged
These rugged boxes will protect your batteries from both the rain and sun. They are 3D printed with bio-degradable PLA.
Breathing Material Prevents Acid Vapor Build Up
Never put batteries in an air tight box, because they will send off-gas acid vapors and corrode.
Our boxes prevent acid build up with venting holes on the bottom, and use a breathable material.