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Simple sensor battery warning

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I know people have scripts and other utilities measuring and tracking battery life on sensors, but I am using a simple low tech solution.  First let me mention that my tools for this are SmartThings, IFTTT, and my cell phone.

I created a virtual switch in ST that I called front door motion sensor battery warning switch.  This switch is triggered to flip on when the sensors battery hits 10% using the automation configuration available in ST.

Then in IFTTT I created an applet that when this virtual switch is on the applet sends an sms message to my phone stating the sensor name and 10% battery warning.

By no means do I think I came up with something amazing or original here, but it was a simple solution that I had not seen before and I thought could benefit others.  

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Hey I love the simplicity of this Brian!  No need to complicate things, and I think it's always best to use native capabilities the way they were intended.

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The Hubitat Elevation Hub has a "Notifications" app that will do this.
Just go into apps and add the Built-in App "Notifications" and you can make a battery level (each or all) notification sent SMS or have it spoken (TTS) on a device.

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I’ve had intermittent luck with batteries... my devices often don’t report accurate battery states to begin with. Example: I have a ST multisensor on my garage overhead door and it quit responding a couple of weeks ago. Not unusual, and the battery was still showing 30%. After resetting and fussing with it, I replaced the battery - bingo. All was well with the world again. I’ve also had issues with one particular battery supplier. I usually get mine via Amazon and ran into one (MYBATTERYSUPPLIER) that advertises new in blister packs, but ships questionable product in little ziploc baggies. The life of the batteries from this supplier is substantially poorer than usual. Caveat emptor. All that tangential info aside, I wanted to mention a 3rd party app that I use called Action Tiles (https://www.actiontiles.com) on an old iPad. I’ve setup an assortment of very simple dashboard screens including one that shows the battery condition of all my devices. Handy to keep an eye on them all in one place. When they get down to 30% or so I make sure to have replacement batteries standing by.

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Hi @Brian W,

Rather than creating a virtual switch and using IFTTT, did you look into sending the SMS directly from the automation?

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I created a virtual switch in ST that I called front door motion sensor battery warning switch.  This switch is triggered to flip on when the sensors battery hits 10% using the automation configuration available in ST.

Then in IFTTT I created an applet that when this virtual switch is on the applet sends an sms message to my phone stating the sensor name and 10% battery warning.

 

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@FrankE I created that option before the new if/then options came in to the ST app.   Hey you popped in to my head with the presale announcement for the Wyze Band. Alexa built in plus activity tracking for only $25 seems like a great future tool for your work. 

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