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Skydrop™ Sprinkler Controller $150 + Free Shipping - Also: 8-Zone Expansion for $3.06 (YMMV) @ Lowe's + Free In-Store Pickup

Simmeltron 150 28 June 29, 2016 at 02:18 PM in Gardening & Outdoor (7)
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Link: https://www.skydrop.com/buy-now/
Use code: july4th - 50% off July 4th Sale has been extended!!

Product Description
With its intuitive simplicity, the Skydrop™ Smart Watering Sprinkler Controller takes the guesswork out of watering. Using hyper-local weather data to learn how much water your yard needs—based on real-time precipitation, humidity, temperature, wind, solar radiation, slope, and soil condition—it intelligently adjusts so you don't have to. You can also monitor or adjust at any time from your smartphone or computer. Save water, time and money with Skydrop.

This beats the $200 Father's Day sale they offered. Also beats the best price I can find online (Amazon at 177.21).

Add Ons Available that qualify for the 50% off sale

Skydrop™ Expansion:
Skydrop Expansion provides an additional 8 zones as well as connections for a rain sensor or flow meter.
Simply place the Skydrop Expansion Module between the main Skydrop controller unit and the wall plate. Sells for $49 ($24.50 using the 50% off coupon!)

I just found the Expansion for sale at Lowe's for $3.06!! Get it here [lowes.com]
This appears to be location specific as I checked several other Lowe's locations and their prices varied quite a bit but they are still mostly all great deals.

Skydrop Outdoor Housing:
Protect your Skydrop™ controller, indoors and out.
The Skydrop™ Enclosure ensures your Skydrop smart sprinkler controller will remain water- and dust-free, no matter where it is installed.
The Enclosure is designed for outdoor use but can be used indoors or where heavy dust or debris are present. Sells for $49 ($24.50 using the 50% off coupon!)
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looks like its at the main site
www.skydrop.com
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I love that they sell an expansion telling you how many zones it adds but never tell you how many zones the original product supports
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I love that they sell an expansion telling you how many zones it adds but never tell you how many zones the original product supports
That is odd. But I do know that without the expansion, the device supports 8 zones. Smilie (Learned that via Amazon's listing: https://www.amazon.com/SkyDrop-Wi...00LLZ496O/)
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That is odd. But I do know that without the expansion, the device supports 8 zones. Smilie (Learned that via Amazon's listing: https://www.amazon.com/SkyDrop-Wi...00LLZ496O/)
Lame any device like this should default out of the box support 12 zones at a minimum
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Lame any device like this should default out of the box support 12 zones at a minimum
Eh... could be worse... could be better. Most high end controllers like this are 8 zone (or a fortune for 16 zone). For $175 (controller + expansion) to have this awesome controller and 16 zones I certainly am not complaining tho! Big Grin
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Really torn between this, the RainMachine, and the Rachio.... Anyone have experiences?

Question on the Skydrop... Is the rain sensor really necessary if it has Weather Forecast integration? I guess nothing is 100%...
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Really torn between this, the RainMachine, and the Rachio.... Anyone have experiences?

Question on the Skydrop... Is the rain sensor really necessary if it has Weather Forecast integration? I guess nothing is 100%...
https://youtu.be/elCvCkYO5Rg Check this video out that compares the rachio and the rainmachine. He is testing the skydrop right now and will be posting a review soon.

As for the rain sensor, I'd like to think it wouldn't be super important since it pulls the full forecast and current conditions which include even more than just current rainfall. Only caveat to that might be if you live somewhere super remote and you might not have a weather station close enough to be accurate enough for you.

Also keep in mind, if you do want to add rainfall or water flow sensors, I read that you need to get the expansion adapter that adds the 8 more zones, and apparently sensor ports as well.
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Quote from Simmeltron View Post :
https://youtu.be/elCvCkYO5Rg Check this video out that compares the rachio and the rainmachine. He is testing the skydrop right now and will be posting a review soon.

As for the rain sensor, I'd like to think it wouldn't be super important since it pulls the full forecast and current conditions which include even more than just current rainfall. Only caveat to that might be if you live somewhere super remote and you might not have a weather station close enough to be accurate enough for you.

Also keep in mind, if you do want to add rainfall or water flow sensors, I read that you need to get the expansion adapter that adds the 8 more zones, and apparently sensor ports as well.



I have SkyDrop and the expansion module. I'm a fan. The iPhone app is reliable, cool and easy to use. You can adjust for slope, soil type and light. You can follow the automated schedule (based on internet weather in your zip), set your own schedule/adjustments or both. The internet weather function trumps an on-site weather station (found in other systems) in my opinion: One less thing that can break and I have to replace. I have no hands-on experience with other products but I did research ahead of time. One feature that I don't think is available on other products is walk-up control of features on the unit in the garage. I don't need to give my phone to my landscaping company when they winterize the heads. The head unit is small and well laid out with the rotary control and push button on the ring. Also, you can turn the light off on the ring in the walk-up settings. It comes on by default and bugs were loving it at night.

You can use Amazon Echo with Rachio and cannot, as yet, with SkyDrop. That would have been cool but not a deal-breaker for SkyDrop for me.
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I also have had the Skydrop for over a year now. The Andriod app is slick. I have no issues with the unit keeping connected to wifi. There is no rain sensor needed. In fact I do not remember an ability to connect one. I used it all of last season and used approximately 50-60% of the water compared to the previous season. It was cooler though. I have many different types of slopes and plants for my 6 zones. As an example:
Zone 1: grass with moderate slope and popups; sunny
Zone 2: grass with moderate slop and rotors; sunny
Zone 3: grass with no slope popups and spray nozzles; part shade
Zone 4: shrubs, flowers, garden wit no slope and popups and spray nozzles; part shade
Zone 5: shrubs and trees; part shade
Zone 6 shrubs and drip irrigation; part shade

I find zones 1&2 water almost every chance they have when allowed and no rain (odd days for me)
Zone 3 - 5 water about 30% of the time compared to zone 1&2.
Zone 6 waters about 15% of the time compared to zone 1&2

I also have dynamic watering enabled so it manages the watering duration for each zone.

Easy to install and very happy.
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I have SkyDrop and the expansion module. I'm a fan. The iPhone app is reliable, cool and easy to use. You can adjust for slope, soil type and light. You can follow the automated schedule (based on internet weather in your zip), set your own schedule/adjustments or both. The internet weather function trumps an on-site weather station (found in other systems) in my opinion: One less thing that can break and I have to replace. I have no hands-on experience with other products but I did research ahead of time. One feature that I don't think is available on other products is walk-up control of features on the unit in the garage. I don't need to give my phone to my landscaping company when they winterize the heads. The head unit is small and well laid out with the rotary control and push button on the ring. Also, you can turn the light off on the ring in the walk-up settings. It comes on by default and bugs were loving it at night.

You can use Amazon Echo with Rachio and cannot, as yet, with SkyDrop. That would have been cool but not a deal-breaker for SkyDrop for me.
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I also have had the Skydrop for over a year now. The Andriod app is slick. I have no issues with the unit keeping connected to wifi. There is no rain sensor needed. In fact I do not remember an ability to connect one. I used it all of last season and used approximately 50-60% of the water compared to the previous season. It was cooler though. I have many different types of slopes and plants for my 6 zones. As an example:
Zone 1: grass with moderate slope and popups; sunny
Zone 2: grass with moderate slop and rotors; sunny
Zone 3: grass with no slope popups and spray nozzles; part shade
Zone 4: shrubs, flowers, garden wit no slope and popups and spray nozzles; part shade
Zone 5: shrubs and trees; part shade
Zone 6 shrubs and drip irrigation; part shade

I find zones 1&2 water almost every chance they have when allowed and no rain (odd days for me)
Zone 3 - 5 water about 30% of the time compared to zone 1&2.
Zone 6 waters about 15% of the time compared to zone 1&2

I also have dynamic watering enabled so it manages the watering duration for each zone.

Easy to install and very happy.
Thanks for the great feedback @sdaaronr and @spuchniak! Feeling better and better about my purchase now. Smilie This is my first smart sprinkler controller and will be a HUGE upgrade from my ancient Orbit controller which is about to crap out on me.

@sdaaronr, I did read that smart home functionality such as connectivity with Amazon Echo and/or https://ifttt.com/ is coming (hopefully soon?) On their website (technology page), they mention "Integrates With Other Smart Home Systems" so perhaps they are already there or have their foot in the door at least?

@spuchniak, I'm pretty sure you need the expansion adapter to have the rain sensor and flow meter ports. I don't plan on needing them either. However I'm hoping to expand my yard soon and will need the extra zones, might consider it then.... Either way... excited for this puppy to arrive in the mail!!
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If you call their sales department you can get a deeper discount. I debating which controller to get. My understanding is that the Rachio app is more detailed but no on screen controls.
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If you call their sales department you can get a deeper discount. I debating which controller to get. My understanding is that the Rachio app is more detailed but no on screen controls.
Care to elaborate how you can get a "deeper discount"? I assume that would be very much YMMV.
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I just found the Expansion for sale at Lowe's for $3.06!! Get it here [lowes.com]
This appears to be location specific as I checked several other Lowe's locations and their prices varied quite a bit but they are still mostly all great deals.
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