iClever Portable Indoor Air Quality Monitor
iClever Air Quality Monitor, Wireless Chargeable Air Quality Tester for PM2.5/PM10/PM1.0/Temperature/Humidity, Indoor Outdoor Air Detector for Home/Office/Car and Various Occasion (White)
$84.99
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4.5 / 5
  • Outside temp
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      Doesn’t use battery do they make a outside sensor?
    
      
    
  • Best option on Amazon for accurate and remote monitoring
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     Update: See video of my unboxing and adding to WiFi and it only takes 83 seconds.

    If you can get over the learning curve of adding this to the app (see my video or step-by-step guide below), then this is by far the best air quality monitor with remote access at this price point. I'm currently running six of these at three different locations and am very happy with the price and performance over the last 50 days.

    First, the problems: The manual is confusing and the font is so small that it is illegible. The QR codes only point to the app, instead of the Smart Life app scanning a QR code to easily add the device like Apple's HomeLink. Reseting the device is non-intuitive and unreliable. However, in most cases you don't have to reset despite what the instructions say. The power port is on the top for some reason, so this makes it spin around depending on the whims of the USB cable. You can't change what it considers "bad" so it will show green even with an elevated rating. I think it goes to orange when the 2.5 reading hits 76. Personally, I close my windows over 20. Finally, I wish I could change the principal sensor display because once the air gets better, I'd be more interested in seeing the temp or humidity on the big display. Also, the app displays the outside temp (as derived from Internet sources) in Celsius, but it has an "F" for Fahrenheit.

    Next, the positives: This thing has worked reliably with zero issues over the last 50 days, it has a battery so it will survive small power outages and is portable, the display is super easy to read at night, the backlight is a neat feature (glows the same color as in the app,) the Smart Life app is awesome, the sensors are accurate, it uses standard micro USB for power, it measures temp humidity PM1.0 PM2.5 PM10, and finally it is the lowest priced air quality sensor with cloud or remote access (by my research.)

    Because the manual isn't very helpful, here are the steps I take to install a new sensor:

    1. do not power on the sensor
    2. make sure your WiFi network is using 2.4GHz and not 5GHz (some articles say that if your WiFI network is using both 2.4GHz and 5GHz with the same SSID, there may be problems)
    3. make sure your WiFi network has access to the Internet and you know the password
    4. make sure your phone is connected to the 2.4GHz network you plan to use for the sensor
    5. download the Smart Life app, note that the following steps may change as this is a popular app and they are always adding functionality and changing the layout
    6. in the app click the button to add a device (a blue circle with white plus sign in the upper right of screen)
    7. select "Security & Sensors" on left
    8. select "Sensor (Wi-Fi)" on right
    9. it should show the SSID that your phone is currently connected to
    10. enter the password (it saves this later, which is great for adding additional devices)
    11. plug in the USB/power cable to the sensor, note that this does not turn it on
    12. power it on by holding the button until the battery icon shows up and all the green bars load
    13. you should now see the PM2.5 screen and the wifi icon should be blinking about every 1/2 second, that's your queue to connect to the app
    14. in the app, click the "Confirm indicator rapidly blink" radio button and click next"
    15. it will recognize the device, register it online, and you're all set up. It has a 2 minute timeout but usually takes about 45 seconds for me.

    Before adding additional sensors (whether multiple air quality sensors, or any of the myriad of devices that are supported by the Smart Life app) I suggest only adding one device to begin, and then creating a "house" so you can begin setting up rooms and getting familiar with the app before getting too creative. For example, I added devices to two locations and started naming the device silly names like "house (address) sensor in kitchen" when that's unnecessary because it's better to create a house (under "home management") and then assign it to a room, so now I just name it "sensor in (room)" or "PM2.5 in (room)" and the rest of the information like address and room will show up on the home screen. I still add the room name to the title because in the "Tap-to-Run" and "Automation" tabs it does not show the room, so if you have more than one it can be helpful to distinguish when creating automations.

    Here's the sordid tale of how this $85 device saved us a ton of money. We bought a house, there was a forest fire, we had bad air for a long time. I bought two Dyson TP04 air purifiers but didn't understand they only do 80.7 CFM, which is not enough for a house with single pane windows surrounded by a fire. However, what was awesome about the Dyson was it had an air quality sensor (AQI, 2.5, 10, NO2, VOC, temp, humidity) and an app that gave you remote access so you could view these reading as well as turn on the fan when you're not at home. If money is no object, I'd suggest getting a $500 Dyson for every room.

    So I did some research, found Winix air purifiers that did 250 CFM for cheap, brought them home, and the Dyson showed that the air quality was finally in the single digits. So while the problem of bad air was solved, I was now stuck with two expensive $500 Dyson air purifiers because I loved being able to see accurate air quality measurement. To find a replacement I bought one of these iClever sensors, an AirMon sensor, and a Purple Air sensor. I compared all four sensors and found the iClever was as accurate as the Purple and Dyson. This was not a scientific test, I just would put all three together outside or in the same room and waited 5 minutes and the numbers were almost all the same. I was seeing 2.5 numbers between 0 and 800. The Purple Air sensor said our air quality got as bad as 6900, but the iClever only goes up to 999. But anything over 250 is horrible, so I'm not splitting hairs over 999.

    Please note, they include a reset tool attached to the USB cable. If you're like me and you just re-use existing USB cables in case you want to return something, and so you leave their micro USB cable in the box you may run around trying to find a paperclip small enough to fit the reset hole next to the USB plug. I've taken to removing the tool and using the cable tie to reconnect it to the USB cable once I have it plugged in. That way I always have the tool close to the device in case I need to reset it. I've only had to reset once, and it wasn't a problem with the device. It was because I didn't know you could have multiple houses inside the Smart Life app, so I had to remove it from the old house, reset to get the blinking wifi icon, and then add to the new house. Later I found out that you don't have to reset in this situation, you just have to delete the sensor from the Smart Life app and it goes back into blinking WiFi mode.

    I hope this helps, I definitely was not happy when I first tried to get it working by reading the manual, but if you follow my instructions above you probably won't have any issues. The Smart Life app is actually very powerful, I've set up alerts so that I get app notifications when air quality reaches a threshold I specify, and then I also set up the temperature sensor from the iClever sensor to automatically turn on my desk fan if the temperature reaches a set temp during work hours. This sensor is kind of a gateway drug to home automation, and when you see all the different sensors that this iClever device includes, you'll feel like you got your money's worth. I’ve attached a screenshot from the app with some of the sensor variables you can use to create automations, although some of them like CO2 and VOC shouldn't be there because there is no sensor.

    Bonus tip: if you're experiencing bad air in your area, you can bring the sensor in the car with you to determine the quality of air filtering in your car. I found that when the PM2.5 number was 300, my new car could bring it down to 20 while driving on the freeway and down to 5 when parked.

    Bonus bonus tip: During smoky times we would go on family trips in the car and would hold the sensor out the window to determine realtime air quality. We felt this was more accurate than the Purple Air maps, even when changing to realtime data. We also would bring it on picnics or if we were playing outside. Battery lasts between 3 - 6 hours.

    Disclosure: I have received no money and no communication from the seller (as others have disclosed.) I stumbled upon this product on my own and liked it so much I bought a bunch of them.
  • Works very well
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      Tested this little gadget in multiple situations, outside and inside. I like the fact that when I placed it on top of my air purifier, the reading went down to 0. It is consistent with other measurements, so I feel it is very accurate. The phone app is nice, though I wish it had notifications.
    
      
    
  • Very nice monitor
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      The compact design is very good and it is easy to install and use.
    
      
    
  • Simple and easy to use
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      *Comes with charger cable;
    *Directions are easy to follow;
    *Intuitive to use;
    *Gives a lot of useful information, including not only air quality but also things like temperature;
    *Small and portable
    *Easy to read interface.
  • Good for the price
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      Works! Even detected BBQ and other fumes from outside.
    
      
    
  • Portable and Useful
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      It’s a simple device, easy to set up and use. The app helps keep track of air quality history. The LED display easily tells the air quality level. Overall, I think it’s worth it.
    
      
    
  • Be Aware of Your Air!
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      Super cool little gadget. Whether you have health problems or just want to stay on top of the air you are breathing, this is a great option. I don’t have much experience with this type of machinery but from what I’ve read this is a lower priced entry level type of device. There are other more accurate models that cost several hundred dollars but are only marginally more accurate. Sounds like unless you need it for some scientific purpose this is more than enough for standard home/office/car monitoring. The unit is pretty much plug and play. You turn it on it and monitors the levels or particulate matter in the air + current temperature and humidity. This measures the particulate matter by size. So PM 1.0 are very small super microscopic particles that are not filtered by standard HEPA filters or N95 masks, The PM 2.5 is where you get into the virus and smoke levels that a HEPA filter or N95 would contain and PM 10.0 are larger particles that are definitely filterable but could still cause harm or irritation to your respiratory system. The unit glows Green, Orange or Red to indicate current air quality. This makes it really easy to get an idea of the air quality from a glace across the room without getting actual number readings.  It comes with an app that allows you to keep track of your current and past air quality to look for trends. You can also log what room you have the device in so you can keep track of things based on location as well. Powered by standard USB cable and has a built-in rechargeable lithium battery. I’ve found you really need to leave the unit plugged in for ongoing monitoring. The battery goes pretty quick when its not hooked up. Instructions mention to be careful with cube so you don’t mess up the sensitive monitoring equipment. I’ll say that I’ve dropped mine on the concrete twice pretty hard and it don’t see any decline in function. That said, I don’t suggest trying to drop yours but you can feel good that if it does happen at some point you’ll probably be okay. Solid 5 stars on this item!
    
      
    
  • An Essential if Air Quality is Important to You
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      I have friends and family that have respiratory issues like asthma, so an air quality monitor like this is very useful to me.  I don't really know how it works or how accurate it is in detecting the air quality, but if it does what it says it does, it's priceless.  The temperature and humidity seems to be correct.

    The item itself seems to be solidly built. It looks pretty cool. The glowing green light makes my room look futuristic. The screen is also bright and easy to read. Also, It's really light; it's about the same size as one of those small portable BT speakers. I plan on carrying this in my car and test it out in different environments.

    I would recommend this item. It's a nifty little gadget.
  • Simple and inexpensive
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        I was looking for a reliable pm 2.5 censor at a reasonable price. For those that can connect to WiFi, it usually costs about $150+.  The reading is consistent and reliable, as I compared to my AtmoTube. Happy with it so far.