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Battery Life, Technical Specifications

Short Answer. 36 Months.

Applies to Conserv Smart Collections Sensor, Conserv Cloud

If it's an emergency

Hang up the phone, and dial 9-1-1. Just kidding. 😋 If you're having a battery issue right now and need some help then hop into the chat in the bottom right of your screen and someone from our team will get it resolved.

Monitoring battery life

You can monitor the battery life of each sensor directly in Conserv Cloud. We'll get an alert if we see an issue with your battery, and you'll get a tracking number for a new sensor within 48 hours. Our goal is to make battery life something you don't have to think about.

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For customers with an active monitoring subscription, we will replace your sensors every 30 months. Because the sensor battery life is 36+ months, our expectation is that you will never have to change your sensor batteries. Easy, right? 😀

If your sensor batteries die before your expected replacement, that means something unexpected is going on in the sensor. We want to get the sensor back to analyze the issue. You'll get a new sensor and we'll dispose of the batteries responsibly. Win-win.

Battery life design

We've designed our sensors to run for 36 months sending temperature, relative humidity, light, and vibration data wirelessly every 15 minutes. The actual expected battery life is 48 months, and we've added 12 months as a buffer.

Our sensor contains two 3.6v lithium (LiSOC2, specifically) AA batteries, providing about 4800mAh of total battery capacity.  Our sensor sips power, consuming less than 50uAh when it is asleep.  That sleep period accounts for 99.9% of a sensor's life.  Sleep, wake up, take some readings, send some messages, and then back to sleep.

The expensive part of a power budget for wireless monitoring is sending the data over the air.  This is why sensors based on technologies like WiFi have to make compromises that might include shorter reading intervals, less frequent data transmission, extra batteries (some use 4x AA!) or shorter battery life.  A wireless LoRaWAN radio transmission only lasts a few hundred milliseconds (at worst), and only consumes a few mA while the transmission is sending.  For Conserv this means we expect to be able to send well over 150000 readings on a single set of batteries.  Sending one message every 15 minutes, that's approximately 1500 days of battery life.  We say "approximately" because there is always some variability in battery capacity, and things like vibration / motion triggers can move that number around a bit.

We chose this design because our customers have told us that dealing with dead batteries is a pain.  The combination of high capacity batteries and extremely low current consumption means battery life is something you shouldn't need to worry about.

Technical specifications

Battery type:  LiSOC2 Lithium, AA size

Battery voltage:  3.6v

Battery capacity: 2x 2400mAh, total 4800mAh

Average sleep power consumption:  50uA

Configuration mode power consumption: 8mA

Average transmission power consumption: 2.5mA