I just got this flow meter delivered yesterday and I installed it last night. Amazon had reduced the price, and using points I was able to get a decent deal.
On day 1:
Everything seemed to work fine, especially after making a tweak to the reporting frequency. By default, flow was reported every 60 seconds, which is too long in my opinion. The lowest is 10 seconds, which is OK; but I wish it had a smaller threshold or could be configured like Aeon’s HEM. The meter worked and the device was properly updating in the phone app. I was also able to switch between the 3 different chart modes.
On day 2, well…
Issue 1. Some time last night the charts for 2 of the 3 chart modes stopped working, and live logging was throwing the error “java.net.SocketTimeoutException: Read timed out”.
Issue 2. I noticed that battery usage went from 97% to 69% in 24 hours - but I’m not running it on batteries. It’s plugged in to AC power (verified there is AC power). I have no idea why this is happening. Unplugging and plugging back in AC power properly sends the right alarm notices to SmartThings.
Issue 3, and most concerning, the physical flow meter started having a really weird harmonic sound coming from it whenever water flow would start or stop. Water still flowed fine, and the meter was measuring properly, but this is very annoying and concerning. This was not happening last night after it was installed. When I came home from work today and turned on a faucet, I was like “what the heck is that noise?”.
Regarding all those issues on day 2, I’ve emailed FortrezZ support (tagging @dantheman2865). I’ll wait to see what response I get before returning it.
The other thing that needs a little work is the device handler (for ease of use). It works, but since there are parameters that can be adjusted (flow reporting interval for example), the device handler should be built to be able to make those changes without having to modify the code.
The meter itself looks to be a well built device (except the harmonic noise now coming from it), and isn’t cheap in it’s construction.
I’ll post back any updates I get from support, and If I don’t hear back, it’s back in the box and on it’s way back to Amazon.