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skydrop™ Sprinkler Controller

4.78 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews)

$299.00

With its intuitive simplicity, the skydrop™ smart sprinkler controller takes the guesswork out of watering.

SKU: SDCRW1.0.

Product Description

With its intuitive simplicity, the skydrop™ smart watering sprinkler controller takes the guesswork out of watering. Using hyper-local weather data to learn how much water your yard needs—based on real-time precipitation, humidity, temperature, wind, solar radiation, slope, and soil condition—it intelligently adjusts so you don’t have to. You can also monitor or adjust at any time from your smartphone or computer. Save water, time and money with skydrop.

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Weight 2.8 lbs
Dimensions 11 x 4.875 x 4 in

9 reviews for skydrop™ Sprinkler Controller

  1. jak@wi.rr.com
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I have experienced incredible customer and product support from Matt and Mack at Skydrop.

    When it appeared that my first Skydrop was faulty, Matt immediately sent out a new product and return shipping documents. When the second unit did the same thing, we knew it wasn’t Skydrop’s fault or failure. It was something with my installation or system. Until then, Matt had been responding to my e-mails, often within minutes and at very late hours. When we saw that it was not a problem with Skydrop, instead of dumping the problem back on me, Matt and Mack spent nearly 2 hours on the phone with me to methodically trouble-shoot what was wrong with my setup. And even after it looked like I would need to call a local professional, Matt and Mack discussed my situation, called me back and THAT fixed the problem. My DOCTOR doesn’t even do that!

    Thorough, professional, patient, genuinely interested. And the real source of the problem was MY connection error — largely as a result of a very messy setup by my local installer many years ago.

    Now that Skydrop is working for me, I find it to be an awesome device. If it weren’t for the sloppy setup I had before, setup would have been very quick and easy. While it may take a little bit more than the 10 minutes Skydrop claims, it isn’t more than 20 minutes. The directions are simple and they will work. My messy setup was very unique; most installations should be quick and easy — even if the user is, like me, not a handyman kind of person.

    The product is great and I can’t rave about the support enough. Thank you Matt and Mack for your exceptional support and Skydrop for making a really great product.

  2. me@bartdangerfield.ws
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Skydrop is AWESOME. Here in Dallas, we are experiencing a drought and with Skydrop, I’m able to squeeze every drop of water out of our very tight watering restrictions. So, when rain does come, Skydrop is smart enough to hold off and water only when needed.

    Installation of the unit was pretty straight forward. I replaced a very confusing RainBird system with the stylishly simple Skydrop unit. Instead of two big ugly boxes hanging on my garage wall (I had their latest “ESP” sensing system as part of a brand new house), I now have a very sleek-looking Skydrop unit. One quick glance at it’s comforting green glow lets me know it’s connected to the cloud and ready to coordinate my watering schedule with what rain is on the way (which hasn’t been much this summer).

    Initially, there were some issues with getting the correct “Next Estimated Watering” to correctly report, but a quick shout out to support and the issue was fixed the next day. I’ve also just participated on the beta test of the latest app (which is very elegant and well-though out). I’m very excited for the much-improved history report that shows when and how much water (both from rain and sprinklers) has been received though out a week. Other enhancements are going to ensure that I have complete and total control of my irrigation system regardless of where I am.

  3. christofer.hardy@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I am a technology buff and had actually invested in a kickstarter project that was looking to do the same thing that SkyDrop was looking to do. After looking at both products, I found that SkyDrop was a much more feature rich product. I continued to compare the two products and soon I was getting a hold of the other company, asking for a refund, and putting my money into a the SkyDrop product.

    Now that I’ve had mine for several months I don’t know how I would give it up. I have seen a decrease in the amount I’m paying to my Utilities. I can see how much water the lawn is getting, and testing each zone is a breeze. I no longer have to worry about some zones being over watered and others being dry as a bone.

    SkyDrop seems dedicated to increasing the device and mobile soft are as well. This allows me to see continued refinement of the product as problems as found. This is very important to me, and this dedication on SkyDrops part, to it’s customers is not lost on me.

    Overall, I can’t recommend it enough. Take a look at the product and determine for yourself if it helps you with your watering need.

  4. todd.salway@live.com
    5 out of 5

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    I purchased my Skydrop controller almost 3 months ago. I wanted to use if a few months prior to sharing my review. I love a green healthy lawn … but living in Texas make it tough to achieve green lawns with the hot summers and high water costs. I purchased the Skydrop controller to help my keep costs down and keep my lawn green. The controller was fairly easy to install. I watched and then copied the online installation video and had no issues. My wires are a thicker gauge than many homes which made it a bit of a tight fit to pull them through the controller. That being said, I would still call it an easy installation. The set up was also easy and only took me a few minutes. Skydrop asks for some basic info about your zones (slope, sun exposure, grass vs shrubs etc .. ) and then it is ready to go. I am loving Skydrop so far. The smart technology figures out when and how much water is needed in each zone. When we had a good rain storm my sprinklers did not kick on for almost a week. No more watering on rainy days. No more guessing if I am over or under watering. I installed this towards the end of the summer and am very pleased with the results thus far. I expect to see a significant drop in my water bills next summer.

  5. burrowsmeister@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    This is by far the best sprinkler controller on the market. Unlike the competition you can manage your sprinkler from the actual box, you don’t have to go get online or use another device like your iPhone, but you CAN. So it is the best of both worlds. Not to mention that the device is actually smart. It adjusts your watering according to rainfall, so you don’t have to waste water when it is raining or even have to think about it. This thing can detect water valve issues where they arise as well. You can even set the type of terrain certain watering zones are on (flat, slope, etc,) and it will adjust watering cycles accordingly so the maximum amount of water soaks into the ground and run-off / waste is minimized. It takes all the thinking out of watering, eliminates all waste; not to mention that it just looks really cool. Buy it!

  6. baseil@verizon.net
    5 out of 5

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    Nice unit, the only wifi unit I was able to locate that let me use a main valve as well as zones, ( this enables me to release the water at the end of the season, without blowing out the valves with the compressor). This first one arrived, it booted up properly, however when I mounted it on the wall I had issues. called customer support late on a Sunday night , to my surprise a real person answered and walked me steps to reset the unit. This did not work, so within two days a new unit arrived and is working fine. I found this to be a very nice unit for the price with great features, if you are reading this review and doing your research like I did before buying a unit , purchase this one

  7. basterita@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    This is a product that the homeowner needed for a long time. If you have ever made adjustments or repairs to your sprinkler heads then they know the routine: (1) Run to the garage turn on zone one. (2) Run back to look at the water output to find a broken head. (3) Run back to the garage and shut off zone one. (4) Go back and fix the head. (5)Run back to the garage turn zone 1 back on. (6) Back to the head to see if the fix was right, I am sure you can feel the fustration by now. Skydrop saved me time by standing there hitting my iphone and watching the zone turn on without running back and forth, to me it was already worth the money. My time is valuable and the time I saved is priceless. I only had it for a short time but it worked exactly as advertised. I cannot validate the accuracy regarding the savings of water at this time due to the short period that I’ve owned skydrop. If it does save the money because th plants, bushes and trees receive the correct amount of water that they need, then this is just icing on the cake. I will recommend this to all my family and friends!

  8. doug.abajian@gmail.com
    3 out of 5

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    product is great but it doesn’t seem ready for prime time. There are way too many glitches in the ‘back end’ . Should be able to ‘set it and forget it’ but can’t because it loses settings that you had saved previously , will sometimes lose connection with your wifi for no reason or not accept updates to your zone settings. To me this meaning their servers or application are not production ready; they are trying to improve but it may have been better if they waited a little longer in development before releasing for sale.

  9. vdubreviews@gmail.com
    5 out of 5

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    If you’re in the market for a new sprinkler controller, you can close those other tabs and just click “Add to Cart” here. The Skydrop smart sprinkler controller is definitely the best in the market right now.

    I actually replaced two sprinkler controllers with one Skydrop. I had an IrrigationCaddy smart controller (for smartphone/web interface) and a standard ‘dumb’ controller (for physical on-unit interface) interconnected so I could manage my sprinklers remotely, as well as from the actual unit. Thanks to the Skydrop I can now ditch both of those controllers and retain the same functionality.

    *What’s included*
    In the box, you’ll get the controller mounting base, head unit that snaps onto the base, four deep-threaded screws for sturdy mounting, AC adapter, wire labels, and instructions. The companion mobile app is also available to download for free from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

    *Installation*
    Installing my Skydrop couldn’t have been easier. The hardest part was actually unscrewing the overtightened wires from my old controller unit. Once you’ve removed your old unit, all you need to do is:
    1) Level unit with the built-in leveler on the mounting base and mount base to wall using the four included screws
    2) Run in sprinkler wires and AC through bottom of unit and connect (take a reference picture of your wires before disconnecting them from old unit). I really liked how the Skydrop does not require a screwdriver for the individual wires. Instead, there is a button you can press while inserting/removing wires. Release the button and it tightens down on the wire.
    3) Attach the head unit to the base (by simply pressing it against the base with a decent amount of pressure). Plug in AC adapter and you’re done!

    *Setup*
    You’ll start by connecting the Skydrop to your wifi. This is where the excellent design of the Skydrop really shines. All selections and setup are done with the jog dial, complete with ominous awesome green glow. Some devices take me 999 hours to enter my wifi password into, but the dial is very quick and responsive. After successful wifi connection, you register the unit to your Skydrop account by entering in the given security code.

    Setting up your individual watering zones is a very detailed process. After getting your zipcode, it will ask the soil type, sprinkler head type, level of sun/shade, and slope. Combined with the integration of local weather forecasts, it really lives up to the ‘smart’ label. It will even detect how many zones to ask watering questions for based on how many wires you connect.

    *Web Interface*
    While wifi isn’t actually required to have a still-impressive and functional Skydrop, you’re basically crazy not to. Once you get used to being able to administer your sprinklers remotely, you can’t live without it. The web version can be accessed by browsing to my [dot] skydrop [dot] com. Most all the same watering settings can be accessed here as on the unit itself. Zone settings such as watering time, soil type, etc, are all available to tweak. You can also pull up a weather forecast to get an idea of how the Skydrop will adjust its usual schedule to compensate for precipitation. Another great feature is settings for watering restrictions, since many localities impose limits on when you can water. So if you need, you can tell your Skydrop to only water during certain hours, days of the week, or odd/even days. The only thing I wish the web interface had is enable/disable all watering, which you can only do from the physical unit interface.

    *Mobile App*
    Open up your Google Play store or Apple App Store and look for Skydrop Mobile. It was actually the second search result when I put in ‘skydrop’. Unfortunately, both devices I tested with (Samsung Galaxy S5 & Google Nexus 5) had the latest version of Android 5.0 (lollipop) which is not yet supported, and were met with constant crashing upon app startup. I contacted Skydrop and they assured me an update is in the works. In the meantime, I just have to browse to the standard web interface on my phone’s browser to interact with my Skydrop. So I can’t give you a good app review at the moment, but when they release a fix, I will update the review to reflect that.

    *Summary*
    The UI design and the physical controller unit itself exude quality. You can tell that Skydrop has some very talented people at work who understand good design. While it is one of the pricier controllers, you won’t feel like the extra money was wasted. Installation and setup was a breeze, and managing your sprinklers & watering couldn’t be easier, whether remotely or directly from the unit. It’s also worth checking with your state, as some of them provide rebates for water/energy conserving devices. Overall, it is a very impressive product that can only get better as they continue to develop it. Review sample provided by Skydrop.

    Pros:
    [+] Installation & install couldn’t be easier.
    [+] Included wire labels help with switching from old unit, and included deep-threaded screws ensure mount is sturdy and secure.
    [+] Physical design of the unit, simply put, looks incredibly awesome. The jog dial LEDs alone add at least 50 sweetness points.
    [+] Detailed watering zone questions combined with weather forecasts make sure each zone waters just the right amount, saving your city’s water, and saving you money.
    [+] Web interface is also well designed and makes it very easy to adjust your controller settings or start/stop watering zones.
    [+] Huge plus that you can control your sprinklers from the unit itself, as my previous IrrigationCaddy, and other smart controllers (like Rachio) can *only* be accessed through your browser or mobile app.
    [+] Expandable to up to 16 zones with separate expansion unit (though 8 was plenty for me).
    [+] Included warranty is a generous 2 years and is transferable.
    [+] Guaranteed to impress your envious friends.

    Cons:
    [-] Mobile app incompatible with some newer devices, for now.
    [-] Skydrop account wouldn’t accept my last name due do it having a space (pet peeve, but won’t affect most people).
    [-] The city displayed on the unit shows the city next door instead of the city I live in (weather should be nearly identical either way though).

    Other:
    [*] Worth noting that Skydrop supports 802.11b/g/n wireless, but not 802.11ac or 5Ghz 802.11n. This shouldn’t be a problem unless you have a 5ghz band and no simultaneous 2.4Ghz band. Speed will definitely not be an issue with something as simple as sending a “start watering zone 3″ command.
    [*] Skydrop cloud service is fantastic, but I’d love if it also had the ability to manage it directly from my home network (browse to device IP)

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