Hot! Hot! Hot! Err… Weather in Malaysia is becoming hotter each day. Agree? Thankfully, I have Sensibo Sky – 2nd generation smart air conditioner controller by Sensibo to help me. Yes, Sensibo Sky can be used to control air conditioner from anywhere, anytime. And maximize comfort and save energy in return. Furthermore, it works with Amazon Echo. Has open API and IFTTT support. Interesting, right? Let’s find out more about it…
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- Sensibo for this Sensibo Sky
- Ambi Labs for Ambi Climate
- Control your air conditioner
- 7-day scheduling
- Automatically turns on and off
- Share with your family
- Works with Amazon Echo
- Open API & IFTTT
Package Content & Design
Sensibo Sky comes in a small packaging as itself is quite small too. Around half of normal air conditioner remote. After took out Sensibo Sky, you can find all-in-one universal AC power plug adapter (AU, UK, US, EU) with microUSB port. Yes, you can use back own smartphone charger too if you want. By the way, there is no user manual included but simple and clear steps by steps to get you started. No worry, you can check out their online guide anytime you want.
Sensibo Sky itself is simple yet stylish. The infrared sensor and receiver are located on top. The Sensibo Logo will emit blue LED light when sending signal to aircon. You can place it on top of table. Or hang it on the wall with screw or included adhesive tape.
You are slow if took more than 10 minutes to install and setup Sensibo Sky. Yes, the installation process is pretty simple and fast too. In short, just download Sensibo application from iOS App Store or Android Play Store. Then follow instructions there will do. The long version – you need to set your Wi-Fi router password on Sensibo Sky so that it can connect to Internet by its own later on. Create an account for Sensibo Sky too. And assign your air conditioner model to it by just scanning the infrared signal. I love this one. Fast and easy with no manual input for aircon brand and model. All done by itself. That’s it. You can start to use Sensibo Sky to enjoy cool summer (or a hot winter).
Sensibo app is simple and easy to use. Once opened, you get the whole list of Sensibo devices that connected at your place. For my case, there is only one in the living room. After clicked on it, you get to control the settings like cool, heat, dry or auto mode. Fan speed, temperature and auto turn off based on timer too. Of course, turn on and off air conditioner as well. You can checked out the recent events. As you can see from the event status, there are lot of ExternalIrCommands. Yup, that’s from actual aircon remote. Sensibo able to detect outside IR signal and inform Sensibo server on the latest status. Great as it will always get the accurate data and give you the best comfort here.
Yes, you can control assigned air conditioner at any place with Sensibo app as long as you are connected to Internet. You can also share it with your family at home and colleagues in the office to control it too. Automatically turns on and off can be set by using the phone location through GPS. Yes, Sensibo will turns on aircon before you arrive. And turns off it when everybody leaves. It’s that great?
Define as many schedules in Sensibo app with 7-day scheduling to turn on or off aircon. Set the mode, temperature and fan speed that you prefer. And based on the day that you set too. After that, just enjoy the comfortable environment that Sensibo brings. For example, you can set aircon to run at maximum fan speed with 16°C cool mode at 5pm to bring down the living room temperature fast. Then set another schedule with auto fan speed with 24°C cool at 6pm that give you most comfortable condition when you arrived home. Finally, set the last one to turn it off at 11pm when you go to sleep. Once setup, everything will be done through Sensibo server. No manual input from you at all then.
For your information, Sensibo Sky works with Amazon Echo too. Has open API and IFTTT support to work with your home other smart devices. This will give you endless other possibilities of using Sensibo. In addition, Sensibo Sky reads current room temperature and humidity. However, it does not auto re-adjust aircon temperature based on the data like Ambi Climate comfort mode (still need manual input here). Hopefully, this can be implemented in the future.
- Keep you comfortable all the time
- Cost saving
- Multiple aircon support
- Amazon Echo & IFTTT support
- Easy installation
- Remote access anywhere, anytime
- Firmware OTA update
- None from me
Yes, Sensibo Sky surely make my air conditioner smarter. And I can control it anyplace, anytime. Or schedule it for automatically temperature control. Don’t forget that it has Amazon Echo and IFTTT support too. Be sure to visit Sensibo Website to get more information. And get yours there or Amazon.
Any aircon beeping sound for this compared to the other brand?
Yes, that’s from your aircon. But much much lesser on Sky because it does not support comfort mode which auto change temp from time to time.
Hi Jaycee, did you purchase this from Sensibo website? Are there any problems in getting it to be shipped here in Malaysia? Any issue with Kastam?
Appreciate your info sharing………. TQ
Yes, got it from Sensibo website. No issue to ship here and custom as well.
For me it was FAIL FAIL FAIL 🙁
then .. work, fail, fail, then work, work, fail and FINALLY all 3 worked.
2 day uphill struggle but in the end the system works well and does what it is designed to do.
2 out of 3 units do not work 🙁 1 box had signs of being a recycled product. 2 devices ‘can’t find wifi network’ but of course I have it and 1 unit found it !! I’m pretty tech savvy and this thing is rubbish 🙁
Those tiny scratches were caused by poor packaging design. Not recycled unit. Anyway, just ask their support for replacement on the faulty units.
Update … yes, go ahead and order the Sensibo, it ships on or before promised date. When working it will do what it is designed to do, very well but before adding bells and whistles as features I would urge Sensibo to first make the unit better at installation as I struggled over 2 days and many many many attempts to get it working from unable to read the QR code to not finding my wifi network to refusing to recognise the AC remote… they eventually did do everything but after so many resets and yes, I am tech savvy
Thank you for the feedback.
We started wrapping the delicate IR transparent plastic with a protective nylon to avoid the scratches caused during delivery.
2 questions though, how long did they take from order begin shipment? and is there a need for the dongle to be installed at a location visually cleared to the AC unit for it to work?
Err… Don’t understand your first question.
Yes, it is still using infrared.
I bought the 1st generation last year, works okay. Just got the Sensibo Sky, connected it and the 1st generation Sensibo stop working. I sent an e-mail to them explaining the situation and this is their reply, the first generation Pods will be disable when the system recognize the Sensibo sky, so basically it seems as if they are selling new devices and stop supporting the older ones after a year of service. I will be going with Tado for the next set.
The 1st generation is continued to be supported.
We did offer a trade-in program with a special price to our customers who wished to upgrade to the latest tech.
Hi does it have discrete on and off for york aircon? Or does it only have a power on/off toggle?
Not sure about York. But it does have discrete on and off function for my Hitachi aircon.
Hi, can you talk about range and placement away from the AC?
I don’t have very large bed room to test. It supports up to 7m at least.