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RC1200 Specifications

Dimensions
4.9" x 0.9" x 3.7"
released date
April

2

2014
the rc1200 weighs 2 pounds

2

phone controllable
has scheduling
has wifi

Editorial Review

Built by RainCommander, the RC1200 allows you to water your lawn more strategically, and manually run zones or schedules during dry seasons. It can accommodate up to 12 zones, but one RainCommander account can host multiple RC1200 controllers for a cornucopia of zones. It is able to support up to 24 watering schedules that can be made to run various zones at different times for different days. The system can be put on hold for 1 to 7 days if it's rainy. Should the controller be disconnected from the network but still retain power, it will continue running the last configured schedule. Earning a metaphorical gold star in customer service, Raincommander will send an e-mail notification of your offline status as well as troubleshooting tips.

In the US, irrigating a 1000-square foot lawn with a half-inch of water takes about 330 gallons, which is untenable in places like the Southwest where there's little rainfall and lawn care accounts for approximately half of household water usage. Much of the water is evaporated before absorption, and certain regions' primary water sources are drying out. It doesn't help that many people water their lawns during droughts. In addition, residential water use spikes during summertime, the worst possible time to overtax the water supplies.

To counter water wastage, there are garden-based IoT systems that utilize smart sprinkler controllers such as the GreenIQ Smart Garden Hub 6 Zone and the Rachio Smart Sprinkler 1st Generation. These systems work by lowering daily water usage, informing the consumer of ideal water amounts and best sprinkler position, and providing weather forecasts -- all from web-enabled devices and apps. ZBS Technology has come out with the RainCommander RC1200, their flagship sprinkler controller. The RainCommander was born from the founder's desire to control different parts of her landscaping wirelessly. It uses existing sprinkler zones and Wi-Fi networks, and can run off of PCs, laptops, smartphones, iPhones, and iPads.

It's estimated that the RC1200 will save between 25% and 60% off your water bill. By comparison, the Rachio 8ZULW claims 30% and GreenIQ 50%, but of the three, only the Rachio has the EPA WaterSense certification. Pausing the RC1200's watering schedule twice monthly could save the average lawn up to 34,000 gallons per year.

RainCommander RC1200 | Reviewed by Botdb | Rating: 5

RC1200 Reviews From Around The Web


Inclination

Great way to conserve water by eliminating unnecessary watering. It's easy to use and to install.

Tom's Guide
kickstarter.com
Inclination

Excellent product worth all the money.

Tom's Guide
amazon.com
Inclination

Get started in 3 easy steps. Install RainCommanderâ„¢ using your existing sprinkler wires, connect it to WiFi, then start configuring and running your irrigation system.

Tom's Guide
directcontroller.com