The Roost Smart Battery stuffs Wi-Fi capability into a 9-volt battery. It can be placed inside any smoke detector. When the alarm sounds, it will send a push notification into your mobile device no matter where you are. The same feature will also activate when the battery starts running low. This will allow you to avoid the typical chirping. However, the company that made this smart battery says that won’t happen anytime soon since it claims to have a good battery life of about five years.
The Roost Smart Battery Can be Placed Inside Any Smoke Detector
When looking at the Roost Smart Battery, it looks just like any old 9-volt battery just with a cleaner looking coat of paint. But the looks are not just the only feature that should be impressed when it comes to this battery as it works, really well in fact. It does what it advertises excellently. It nails an essential feature that any smart home device have been neglecting for a lot of times – the mobile app.
This Smart Battery for Smoke Detectors brings in a great balance between keeping things simple while not being overly too simple that it becomes plain. It does not lack functionality yet it is also not one of those “all-in-one” models. It’s in that spot in between these descriptions in which the battery sits comfortably well.
The battery is compatible with iOS and Android devices, and it will walk users through the initial setup. The installation will even come with platform-specific features. It can be set up and let it start running within minutes.
For the app, you will be indicated with the location of the battery. You can also check on the battery’s status and current life. Furthermore, you can also customize the app’s emergency contact, but that is placed as “911” as a default. You can also add more “monitors,” which is the app’s name for additional users.
One of the main concerns since the battery’s crowdfunding days is that people had to replace the entire battery once it dies out. Thankfully, Roost listened and instead of replacing the entire power source, owners will just have to snap off a piece below the blue line. This is the part that will be replaced and will cost considerably cheaper than purchasing a newer model.
The Roost Smart Battery does what it has to do admirably. It is an exciting idea to smarten up old electronics in a more cost efficient manner instead of purchasing an entirely new device altogether.