Bought 2 and have to return both.
Bought 1 for backyard & it was brilliant & went & bought one for front garden. Noticed plants were dying so investigated & no water getting through the unit had to replace now same has happened to back garden.
Started well, now it’s stuffed after 6mths
Thanks for previous reviews and it seems that those claiming flow reduced to a trickle were right. Purchased (on sale at Bunnings in Oct/nov 2019- should have realised there was an issue) the timer was great and reliable but now it seems stuffed. Would like to hear if Holman have a solution or Bunnings provide refund. Veggies now under stress.
Unreliable, Randomly Doesn’t Work
Bought 2 of these to water my bonsai collection.
Worked well for 2 months, then the first stopped watering. The app would say it was watering but there was nothing actually happening. Hitting the manual button would start the flow, so there no issue with batteries, etc.
This morning the same thing happened to the second unit.
Have zero faith in these things now, and have to check each day that they’ve worked, which defeats the purpose of an automated system.
Works well. Does what it promises.
Bought before reading negative reviews so expected problems but it does what I bought it for, auto watering and manual setting when required. Bluetooth contact with my android phone sometimes problematic but works well when I seek line of sight.
Does not pair to my phone/s
Bought this timer with the assurance my phone will run it. It paired successfully to my phone once then when I deleted it and tried to pair to my partners phone, which is the same as mine, it did not pair at all.
Great concept. Poor delivery. Would rather spend the money on a better quality product.
Purchased in February 2019 for $49.00.
Great idea, poor quality
Like many others, started off well, easy to set up, worked great, but only lasted a total of 2 days. Came back from weekend away to find wilted plants and realised that that valve was only partially opening, restricting the water flow to a tiny stream, no matter how many times I tried manually turning it on and off.
Thought it must just be a faulty one, but it seems that finding one that actually works reliably might be the rare case! Will be swapping this for a different brand.
Two days of bliss
I had two days of perfectly timed irrigation. I read the reviews and just thought I was lucky enough to have bought one that actually worked... nope... it stopped working this morning just in time for a 40 degree day.. my phone no longer recognises the device. Off to Bunnings to find a better brand. Any recommendations? Don’t bother posting your cut and paste response Holman.. how about you take your product off the shelf before this product completely destroys your reputation.
Great Idea, not ready for market, valve not opening fully
i bought 2 twin packs, ive returned 2 already after 3 months due to the valve not fully opening (I found out after my lawn died!!!) and just today the third one failed with the same issue. I've replaced the batteries with good quality ones, no change.
i'm done! I should have just spend to the$400 on a proper system
Sigh. Ill keep returning them until the receipt catches fire!
Very annoyed! I was liking them so much i talked 2 friends into them.
Disappointing - Could not get it to work
Hate to say this about an Aussie company and product, but the BTX1 watering timer and smart phone apps are not fit to be on the market.
I spent several hours trying to get it to work. Initially tried with the iPhone app, but it wouldn't pair with the BTX1 at all - despite rebooting the BTX1 a number of times by taking the battery out and leaving it a while. iPhone was working fine since it offered to pair with other bluetooth devices nearby.
I then tried with the android app on a Samsung phone. This time I could get the BTX1 to pair with the phone (so the bluetooth in the BTX1 was broadcasting) - but then the Android app would not recognise the BTX1 device no matter how many times I rebooted the BTX1 and restarted the app, changed the battery etc etc.
The BTX1 and the iGardener app have obviously not been through proper testing or market trial - just dumped on the Aussie market - so a time waster for customers and Bunnings staff when the units are returned.
I've bought a few Holman products in the past - but this has put me off bothering with any Holman products again.
Don’t buy this product - it doesn’t work
Like all the other reviews this product is a waste of money, I bought 2 units and both have operational issues as described by others. Bunnings should stop selling that product and publish a recall on all units sold as they are definitely not fit for purpose. They are overpriced pieces of junk.
Switches itself off and on after a few seconds
I have downloaded and using iGardener 2.3 on an iPhone 5s to set the BTX1. Only bought is a week or so ago and after less than 6 activations on manual it switches itself off and on and repeats. I have removed the battery, pushed the reset button and modified timer settings on iGardener and repeated the same again. Still continues to switch itself off and on. Fix?
Absolutely Pathetic! Just buried my 3rd on in just over 12 months.
In the last 13 months I have purchased 3 of these useless things. Today, the last one failed. Do not waste your money. They are great idea, just poor quality. Buyer beware, you have been warned and Bunnings should refuse to stock them. I have spoken to the Rep in store and she couldn't care less. She stated she had NEVER heard of one failing, and suggested that I learn that battery operated devices by 'some miracle of God' don't run forever on a 9v and that i should replace the battery.
Garbage - Do not buy these
I wish I had read all of these reviews before I bought them. Shelled out almost $100 at Bunnings for a twin pack and each failed after a couple of months. I took it apart to have a look - wow, what a piece of junk. The on/off solenoid valve is incredibly flimsy. These things are worthless and simply will not last.
Can’t be trusted
After reading all these reviews it sounds like the solenoid of the BTX1 is poor quality. I recently purchased 3 as it seemed like a great idea and easy to use for my lawn sprinklers. After working fine for 1 week I was happy, I started to notice when manually turning them on I could hear the solenoid clock but no water it would take about 2-3 times to get it to pop up, but then coming home 5 hours after a scheduled watering the backyard was flooded. 2 BTX1’s were both stuck open. I will be returning them in the morning for something else
This thing does not work, it randomly turns on and off, the timer settings don’t work, the manual setting for start and stop work opposite, waste of money. This deserves a rating of zero stars. I have done all the resets etc mentioned in everyone elses bad reviews and it’s still useless. Now I have to waste more time on this piece of junk returning it.
Timer for my vegi garden
I bought a twin pack that contained 2 BTX1 bluetooth timers. I have been very disappointed with this product. A total waste of money. The valve does not open. It appears to get jammed. I tried using the manual start/stop option and after selecting start then stop several times the valve eventually opened and watering began. This product is not reliable and I wouldn't recommend it.
Connected to pressure pump system
Purchased my first Holman BTX1 early 2018, in January I believe. Initially did not have an issue with the Holman unit but more with my pressure pump as I have my reticulation pump setup with a pressure control system. Allot more flexible as I have installed taps around the property with normal garden hose taps, when required for activities such as washing down paths etc, you don't have to use mains water. I replaced the old pump system with a new pressure pump system a week ago and went to turn the Holman unit on and nothing. Had a look and the battery compartment had filled up with water, fried the battery by corroding between the terminals. I thought that was strange as the battery holder appeared sufficiently waterproof. Took it back to Bunnings and they replaced it with a new one. Have used the new unit half a dozen times since and it has failed. Had a look and the battery compartment has filled with water and fried the battery terminals again, same issue as the first. The first question I though was "perhaps a pressure pump system may have more pressure than the unit can handle"? I couldn't see any disclaimer on the packaging to state not to be used on a system I have connected it to. The only way the compartment can fill is if it leaks past the tap connection seal and or "O" ring sea where is has the quick release. Where it is installed has artificial turf and there has been no rain during the period it was installed to I noticed it had failed. It works and when it is working works very well, but there appears to be some sort of issue with water accumulating in the battery compartment housing.
Device not found in iGardener *** Update I got it to work but not completely sure how
I am having the same problem, purchased the twin pack. Every time I try to add a device it says connecting and then stops with a yellow warning saying Device not found. I have noticed that the iPhone Bluetooth is finding them and in some cases connecting. It is sometimes either listed under My Devices or under Other Devices in the iPhone Bluetooth settings. Just purchased today so would have been nice if they worked out of the box. I am using iPhone 7 Plus which is listed as compatible as well. Have tried resetting the devices multiple times as per the comments from Holman, still same in iGardener, Device note found. Fantastic idea if they work.
Update: I persevered and initially it was working intermittently and now seems to be working reliably. I'm not exactly sure what I did so here is a list of what I tried.
1. Turned off WiFi and the Radio so that only Bluetooth was active on my phone. I read somewhere that Wifi can interfere with Bluetooth signals.
2. I disconnected the battery, and then reconnected and did a hard reset, then tried to add the device. After numerous attempts in the App it suddenly showed up. It was like the connection was very unreliable but finally broke through.
3. After getting the first BTX1 to connect I then set the schedule to turn on in a few minutes time and run for 1 minute so I could validate it was working. I also changed its name to Zone 1.
4. Then when I clicked the update button once again it kept saying that the update failed, so I kept trying, placing my phone is different positions etc and finally it updated.
5. Then I tried to connect the second BTX1, once again it kept saying No Device Found.
6. I tried killing the App by double clicking the home button and swiping up on the App but then it wouldn't open so I tuned my phone off and back on again, went into the App tried the Add the second device again and it found it immediately.
7. I renamed it Zone 2 and set schedules for both and this time they updated straight away.
8. From that point on they were just working as they should, I could select either zone and make changes to the schedule and then click update and the big green tick appeared immediately.
As above, I not sure what I did here but juts kept trying and eventually it worked and once they were both connected and my phone restarted it worked perfectly. Here's hoping that continues, like I said great product if it works and is reliable, so much better than expensive controllers that get destroyed out in the weather.
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