Disclaimer: I received this device from TheSmartestHouse.com in return for an honest and unbiased review.
If you've ever thought to yourself, "door and windows sensors are ugly, I wish there was a way to make them invisible." - Then you're in luck!
Strips by Sensative offers a whole new take on door and window sensors. Instead of a big bulky rectangle sitting on the top of your door, you can now have a virtually invisible sensor that works with almost all Z-Wave hubs. Sounds awesome right?
Check it out our full review below:
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What Is Strips By Sensative?
Strips by Sensative is a door and window sensor; plain and simple. It can be set up virtually anywhere you want to do know if something is opened such as a door, a window, a mailbox, or a drawer.
What's particularly enticing about Strips is its size. This device measures 7.7"L x 0.6"W x 0.12"H. It's about the size of a pencil, but smushed - if you can imagine that. 🙂
What Strips Can Do
Strips can be used in almost any scene you'd use a door sensor. For example, say you want to know when your front door is open. All you'd need to do is place this bad boy in between your door frame and your door, then pair it and you'd be good to go! Want to do know if a drawer is opened? Well, it can do that to!
What's nice about Strips is that it's so small, it can fit virtually anywhere. If you don't like your devices out and about, this door and window sensor is super easy to hide!
The Strips packaging is extremely simple. In fact, it reminds me a bit of Apple's packaging, as the exterior of the box is simply a logo and an embossed bit of cardboard. That being said, it looks good.
*I'm not a photographer, if you can't already tell...
Inside the box, you'll find just five things: One Strips, a heavy magnet for pairing the Strips, a thin magnet for mounting, instructions, and an alcohol pad for cleaning the mounting area.
Installing Strips By Sensative
Installing Strips is as easy as any other Z-Wave device. You just pair it and call it a day, but for those new to setting up Z-Wave devices, here's a step by step:
- First, you'll want to put your Z-Wave hub into pairing mode. On Vera, this is under "Devices" then "Add Device." On other hubs, you'll want to check your hub's forum, FAQ, or manual if you do not know how to add devices.
- Make sure you are within 5ft of your hub, then remove the two orange tags from Strips. These tags are holding both the magnets on, so by removing them, you are removing the magnets which puts Strips into pairing mode.
- Your hub should then pick Strips up and add it as a door and window sensor. After you have it added to your hub, it's time to install it. To install it, make sure you have 3.5mm of clearance between your door and your door frame.
- Once you find a good install location, grab the alcohol swap and clean the mounting area to ensure you have good adhesion for Strips.
- Next, remove the flap covering the adhesive in the middle of your Strips. Don't worry, this is just a temporary adhesive for testing. There is a more permanent adhesive we'll use in a minute.
- After you have it temporarily mounted, test it to make sure it is showing as open/closed on your hub before permanently mounting it.
- Once you have a great spot that you've tested to work well, you can remove the permanent adhesive cover by pulling on the plastic tag that overhangs the squared side of your Strips.
- Finally, put strips in your desired mounting position and put some pressure on it for 30 seconds to ensure it adheres well.
- That's it! It should now be mounted and paired, so you can add it into your home automation logic!
Here are a couple things to note when you're installing Strips:
- Make sure you keep "Magnet B" away from Strips after you've paired it. If you keep it too close, you may accidentally unpair it like I did.
- The magnet needs to line up near the bottom portion of the squared side.
- Sensative does not sell extra adhesive, so you only get the one temporary and the one permanent adhesive. That being said, if you move Strips around and the adhesive wears out, you can just use double sided tape.
Strips offers a lot more than meets the eye. Check out it's top features here:
- 10 year battery life.
- Z-Wave Plus.
- Works in -4ºF - 140ºF (-20ºC - 60ºC) weather.
- Compatible with Fibaro, HomeSeer, SmartThings, Vera, and Zipato. Does not work with Wink.
- Wickedly thin.
Pros and Cons
- It's waterproof, so you can use Strips virtually anywhere.
- Extremely thin.
- Features Z-Wave Plus
- Battery lasts for 10 years with normal use.
- Features a small practice adhesive for test mounting.
- Very Expensive. You could buy 2-3 regular door and window sensors for the price of this unit.
- Battery is not replaceable or rechargeable. Once it dies, Strips is useless.
- Only comes with one permanent adhesive.
Before and After Shots
As you can see, before I installed Strips, my Ecolink door sensor stuck out like a sore thumb.
While Strips is a fantastic door and window sensor, it's quite expensive at roughly $60 for just one!
Because of this, we would only suggest getting this device if money isn't an issue, if you need a waterproof sensor, or if you really want an invisible door and window sensor.
If you're simply in the market to "smartify" your home for as cheap as possible, you're better off getting a few Ecolink door and windows sensors, because they're about half the price.
Do to the price and the lack of a replaceable battery, we're giving this sensor 3.5 stars out of 5. Don't get me wrong, this is a fantastic device that is easily hidden, but it only makes sense if you can stomach the price. If you are looking to pick up a few Strips, you can find them at The Smartest House.
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