Have installed a multi-sensor in the interior of an external shed. The sensor is used to just monitor if the door is open/closed and the temperature in the shed. The shed sensor is about 6’ from the wall of the house, and an estimated 50 feet from the ST hub.
However, I’m suspicious that the sensor is flaky – when I installed it as new, it showed battery level as 88% dropping to 38% after a day. Then zero (sensor was not reporting). I replaced the batteries with new ones, and it reported battery level as 100% for a day, but one day later has gone back to reporting battery life as 38%.
OK – a couple of things going on here potentially
a) Can indicated battery level drop off as signal strength decreases? This is about 50’ from the hub with no nearby devices to act as a mesh. The signal has to go through 3 standard wood framed household walls, so I’m assuming the signal is not strong.
b) Has anyone seen indicated battery level drop off with temperature increase? The temperature in the shed may go to over 90 F (enclosed shed in the sun). But the battery level does not come back up in the cool of the night.
c) Multi-sensor is flaky - I’ll continue to run it for a while since its working, but from 100% to 38% battery life in a day is pretty poor performance. Brand new sensor out of the box, so I’m hoping this isn’t the problem.
Has anyone else seen this issue? This might be something of interest to folks putting the sensor in locations which might see elevated temperatures or at a moderate distance from the hub/ mesh — such as a separate garage, in an attic, or a nearby outbuilding.