Because of the low power needs of some of these newer devices and the convenience of wireless, it seems more and more devices use batteries. However, I have some observations and concerns.
Not all devices are reporting battery status. I’m not sure if this is a SmartThings issue or the device. How do you go about diagnosing this?
What is the “standard” for a battery alarm. I received a push notification from one device when it reached 10% and another at 1%. And how do we control this delivery. To me low battery is less important than a smoke alarm or water leak. I would rather send it as SMS than push or some other option like e-mail.
With my 54 devices, it gets rather difficult managing which needs its battery changed and when. It would be nice to have a screen that lists all the battery status we can sort.
It wouldn’t be so bad if devices could better handle rechargables because you could just periodically replace with a fully charged battery. Otherwise, with disposables, you want to get your money’s worth so to speak and use it till it is nearly dead.