The All-In-One Smart Hydroponic Grow Box was the first product to be sold on the platform. If your favorite plants are marijuana, the device will help you grow them more or less easily. There are not a lot of plants that need replacement carbon filters delivered to your house every 3 months, and the website states that you must be 21 years old to enter. The community is fond of smoking plants. If you are going to spend $1,000 on a single-plant Hydroponic box, you would have to love tomatoes for it to make sense; most of its users seem to be growing a more, er, valuable crop.
I thought I would give it a try since it is legal in California. I got the plant to be about 3 inches in height and planted it in the yard to see what would happen.
The product should be a good solution. The device has a water culture system with automatic intelligent lighting and high-power LEDs that are specifically designed to maximize plant growth potential. You never have to worry about plant growth again because it has advanced sensors to consistently track growth.
The product is made of wood. The device is sleek and white, with wooden legs and a wooden top, with a bunch of smart features on the inside. It is sleek and can be found in any home.
How much thought went into the device can be seen in the exploded view. A well-designed hardware product is legitimate. The image is titled "Abby."
The device had a missing door hinge and a damaged door when it arrived at my house. A replacement door and replacement instructions for the door were sent out by the team in a matter of hours. It wasn't the best first impression when I took tools to equipment. The product's software tries to prevent you from being able to grow efficiently, which makes it all the more painful. The list of issues is as long as my arm, and from there it just got worse.
When the cabinet flooded my apartment due to a software error, I thought it might be a good time to write up some of my experiences with the app.
It was not possible to connect to the device in the first place, and it took me a long time to figure out what was happening.
The app is supposed to give you 1-on-1 expert live support from the company, but the first few times I tried to submit a photo, the app crashed. The message disappeared when I uploaded it. I don't think I ever received a reply from him. If it hadn't been for the fact that the device doesn't seem to have any interest in notifying me about what I need to do with the plants, the app would be a lot better.
The app doesn't seem to have an opinion on what I need to do, and the display on the device itself, which would have been a great place to communicate what the device needs.
The controller and display look great. It would have been better if it did something other than opening the door. The image is titled "Abby"
The app never told me when I needed to change the water. There is a small display on the box, which rotates left and right, similar to a thermostat. The display is useless. You have to change the water.
The app tells you to take the hose out of the box and put it in a minimum 1 gallon container. The app crashed when I pressed the "stop pumping water" button, meaning that the pump kept going and sent the full amount of water in the device's tank all over my floor. Not... good.
The first step is to get a one gallon container. There was water all around the machine. Well, really? The image was created by Haje Kamps.
There are two spots in the box where you can put the silver and gold packs. The reason for this is to avoid a chemical reaction between the two packs. After setting up the machine, it never asked for additional nutrition packs, so the packs I put in the supply holes eventually dissolved in place, making a sticky mess all over the machine.
After my review period was over, the plant had grown a bit and I had to dump the nutrition packets in manually. I have to balance and add more vitamins every few weeks for my own system. The plant went for a few days with almost all of its roots out of the water because I didn't know that the plant was thirsty. Another strike against the "foolproof" nature of the cabinet.
I used the power meter to see how much power it was using. It burned through 198 KwH and cost around $50 to grow a crop of weeds.View 3 Photos
My apartment stank to high heaven of weed due to the fact that the charcoal filters aren't as efficient as they could be. It wasn't the best first impression for my landlord and a plumbing company to come by. I was able to say it was for work. It's not good.
A lot of the original complaints I had about the device have been addressed, at least partially. A new version of the app was launched last month. More detailed instructions are being added to the how-tos in the app. The company is adding a growing calendar, metric units and later batches of the device are quieter than the one I reviewed.
If you want to grow a plant indoors, you need to be very interested in it and willing to pay a grand for the neat hardware and power to keep it going. I really wanted to love her, but she needed a lot of manual babysitting to justify the cost. If a product is actually delivered on its promises, I can see it being a great buy. It isn't it yet.