How often have you picked up your gas bottle before you go away and given it a shake, and thought, yeah that’s enough gas. Then the unthinkable happens. Three days into your camping trip and disaster strikes. The heat goes out from under the bacon and eggs that the kids have been wanting since 6.00am. I would bet that we have all run out of gas at some stage in our adventures, even at home in the backyard.
No More Guessing
Now have we got the gadget for you. Check out BMPRO’s new SmartSense Gas Level Monitor. One of the latest releases from BMPRO that will tell you exactly how much gas is in that bottle. This little unit eliminates the guess work before you go away and can monitor your usage as well.
We have been testing out one of these units for a few of days now and it works really well. Once the unit is paired to your smart device it will constantly monitor the gas level in the tank.
Setting It Up
It’s as easy as this. Open up your App Store and search for the free SmartSense App.
The first time the SmartSense is opened you will be greeted by this screen. The app is now searching for the SmartSense unit and waiting for you to pair it.
Ensure your Bluetooth is switched on and press the orange button on the front of the SmartSense. This will pair the device with your phone.
As soon as the Smartsense and your phone are paired you will see this screen. Now you can select the “New LPG Device”.
Now you can give the SmartSense a name and select the size of the gas tank you will be monitoring. You can also set an alarm threshold that will notify you when the tank gets to that level.
Now we need to attach the SmartSense to the bottom of your gas bottle. Turn the unit over and you will see the two magnets with the rubber sensor in the middle. The rubber sensor is placed in the centre of the bottom of the gas bottle. Give the area where it is to be attached a quick clean and stick it on.
This is the bottom of our gas bottle with the unit attached. Remember that the unit won’t be in the middle of the bottle, as the magnets and sensor are at one end of the SmartSense.
Turn the bottle back to the upright position and when the gas settles you will get an accurate gas level.
What do we think of the SmartSense Gas Level Monitor?
I really like how at the touch of a button on my phone, I can see exactly what is left in the gas tank. As you guys know, our van is fully set up for indefinite free camping, and knowing what is in each tank is a must. I paired the unit to my phone then attached it to one of our gas bottles. Within about 3 secs the SmartSense App on my phone relayed a 67% level. I let the bottle sit for a minute as it was upside down when I attached the unit. The level settled at 66%.
The cradles for the gas tanks on our NextGen leaves a gap where I can get the SmartSense to the bottom of each bottle without removing them. I took the unit off the gas bottle I had out of the van. After about 5 secs my phone was notifying me that my gas tank was completely empty. I slid the sensor up through the gap above the “A” frame and under the 2nd gas bottle. The alarm stopped and a 99% level was relayed for this gas bottle.
You can also adjust the bottle parameters if you don’t have a standard size bottle. This will be one of the settings when you first pair the devices. You can also change any settings if you swap to different size bottles later on.
Being able to set a low level warning/notification is a plus. This is set at 20% default but is adjustable any where between 10 – 90%.
The SmartSense is a remote sensor so it does need its own power source. The battery is replaceable and is a common CR2032 flat disc style battery. It will be interesting to see how long it lasts.
I love my ‘techy’ gadgets so the SmartSense will become a very welcome addition to the All Around Oz inventory. The small size of the unit allows us to swap the sensor from one bottle to another easily. The sensor is very light and the magnets seem to have decent strength.
With this in mind though, (unless I forget it), I won’t leave the unit attached to a gas bottle while we are towing the van. It doesn’t need to be bouncing around on our beautiful smooth highways, in the heat, dust and rain.
If you would like to purchase your own SmartSense Gas Bottle Level Monitor then head over to BMPRO. Enter the code AAOZ at check out to receive $10.00 off your purchase.
We were gifted the SmartSense Monitor for review as per our Disclosure Policy. As always, all opinions are our own.