When Sensus arrives at your doorstep, you will need to do some additional steps before properly using it.
If you do not have/need the soil sensor addon, feel free to skip directly to Step 3.
Step 0 - Isolate the Soil Probe
If you ordered before May 24, 2023 please add a smidge of hot glue or silicone over the soil probe's temperature sensor. Otherwise, if your soil contains a large amount of salts, soil temperature measurement might stop working after a few weeks/months.
Click to see what I mean. This step is only necessary if you ordered before 24 May 2023.
Step 1 - Prepare the Soil Probe
Choose one of the available cables, depending on your application, and then gently open the FPC connector found at the top of the soil probe.
Insert the cable with the blue side up. Make sure the cable is inserted all the way in.
Close the clamshell connector. You should feel a satisfying click.
Step 2 - Connect the Soil Probe
The same steps as in Step 1 need to be done for Sensus, as well. However in order to do that, you need to remove the case first:
Step 3 - Power up
You can power sensus either via a CR2032 battery, via USB-C or both. The easiest way to make sure everything works correctly is to plug in a USB-C cable. If everything is OK, the onboard LED should transition through all colors and then turn off.
Alternatively, you can open the back of the case to insert a CR2032 battery, as shown in the images below:
Step 4 - Insert the soil probe
If you got a soil probe, now is the time to insert it in your plant pot:
For proper functioning, please do not insert the soil probe deeper than the marking shows.