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Pet Temperature Monitor Roundup – Devices that Keep Pets Safe from the Heat

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One of the biggest concerns people traveling with pets have is keeping them safe from the heat. Whether you’re planning a solo road trip with your furry travel buddy, or traveling across the country in your RV, there will be times when you simply cannot bring your pet with you. When those moments arise, having a device to monitor your pet’s environment, and alert you if the temperature exceeds the limits you set, provides a lot of peace of mind.

The trouble is figuring out which device will work best for you! There are a number of pet temperature monitors on the market, and determining which one will meet your needs can be overwhelming.

To make it easier, we asked the manufacturers of the most popular temperature monitors on the market to allow us to put them to the test. We’ve compared their functionality, ease of use, and costs. You’ll find all the details below, along with our decision on which products we’ll be relying on to keep Ty and Buster safe.

Pet Temperature Monitor Roundup

AnimAlarm

Price: $275 for base station and one remote sensor, plus data subscription

Details:

  • Alerts for temperature and low battery
  • Flexible subscription options (Annual at $90/year, 6 months at $65, and Month-to-Month at $30/month), or add the device to your own data plan by obtaining a SIM card from your cellular carrier
  • Alerts sent via text and email to an unlimited number of people 
  • If conditions do not return to acceptable levels, additional alerts are sent every 2 minutes
  • Quick set up with online dashboard
  • Uses the gsm technology, allowing the device to switch between the AT&T and T-Mobile networks in the United States, depending on which has the stronger signal
  • Base plugs into wall outlet or USB power port in a 12V outlet
  • The base will operate on backup battery for 24 hours or longer
  • Wireless remote sensor is battery-operated with a battery life of 12-18 months
  • Up to five sensors can be monitored by the base (additional sensors are $45 each)
  • Cellular signal strength indicator provided
  • Updates once every 3 minutes, and once every minute when temperatures are outside designated range
  • Comes with a decal for vehicle stating a pet temperature monitor is in use
  • Device may be used worldwide

Things to consider:

  • There is no notification for loss of cellular connection, but you can ‘poll’ the device by text or check the online dashboard to view the temperatures and times and dates they were recorded

Blink Indoor Home Security Camera

Price: $99 (one camera + synch unit), additional cameras $90

While the Blink Indoor Home Security Camera‘s primary function is not temperature monitoring, the cameras have a built-in temperature sensor and the ability to send in-app notifications if the temperature exceeds a selected range. They also provide additional features that may appeal to our readers.

Details:

  • Alerts for temperature, motion detection, low battery, loss of power, and loss of wifi connection
  • No monthly/annual service fees
  • Sends alerts via in-app push notifications to any device logged into the app
  • Quick set up with app
  • The app has a clean design and is easy to use
  • The synch unit plugs into a regular wall outlet or USB power port in a 12V outlet
  • Cameras are wireless and battery-operated with an expected 2-year battery life
  • Multiple cameras can be connected to the synch unit, but must be within range
  • Can be used anywhere a Wifi or Ethernet connection is available
  • Provides current photos and videos, allowing you to visually monitor your pets
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Things to consider:

  • If conditions do not return to acceptable levels, no additional alerts are sent
  • The only form of alert available (in-app pop-up notifications) are easy to miss
  • First alert for disruption of power or wifi is sent 30 minutes after loss of connection
  • Monitors temperature every 15 minutes; most recent temperature is displayed on the app, but not the time is was recorded
  • Temperature sensor tracks ambient temperature with a 5 to 10 deg. variance, which provides less accuracy than other products tested
  • Requires a Wifi router. Cannot be used on guest wifi networks (like those in RV parks) or tethered using a mobile-enabled device like a phone or tablet.

MarCELL Cellular Connected Temperature Humidity Power Alarm

 

Model Tested: MAR-500

Price: $199, plus data subscription

Details:

  • Alerts for temperature, humidity, and loss of power
  • Flexible data subscription options (Annual at $99/year, Seasonal at $11.95/month (minimum of 4 months and no more than 8 months), and Month-to-Month at $14.95/month with no charge for deactivating or reactivating as long as service is suspended no more than 6 months)
  • Sends alerts via text, email and phone to up to nine recipients
  • If conditions do not return to acceptable levels, additional alerts are sent every 30 minutes
  • Quick set up with app
  • Uses the Verizon cellular network (units utilizing the AT&T network are available through sensoredlife.com)
  • A light indicates whether the device has a cell connection, and a signal strength indicator is provided in the app
  • Plugs into wall outlet; can be adapted for use with USB power port in a 12V outlet
  • Operates on backup battery for up to 30 hours
  • Devices available through sensoredlife.com can be used in Canada, but not in Mexico

Things to consider:

  • Does not work in areas not covered by Verizon
  • There is no notification for loss of cellular connection
  • The device monitors the environment every 10 seconds, and alerts are sent immediately if readings exceed the set range, but updated information is only posted once every 8 hours, so the temperature reported on the app may be up to 8 hours old. To view current conditions, updates can be purchased for 25 cents (sold in packages of 8 for $2).
  • Changes to the preferred temperature or humidity range settings don’t take effect until the next data upload, which could be up to 8 hours
  • While functional, the app would benefit from a fresh design

 

Proteus AMBIO Temperature/Humidity Sensor

Price: $99

Details:

  • Alerts for temperature, humidity, loss of power, and loss of wifi connection
  • No monthly/annual service fees
  • Sends alerts via text and email to multiple recipients
  • If conditions do not return to acceptable levels, you set how often the device resends alerts
  • Quick set up using online dashboard
  • Plugs into a regular wall outlet or USB power port in a 12V outlet
  • Monitors temperature once per minute and displays current data immediately on the online dashboard
  • Can be used anywhere a Wifi or Ethernet connection is available

Things to consider: 

  • No battery backup, so it is not a good choice if your 12V outlet is not live when your vehicle is turned off
  • First alert for disruption of power or wifi is sent 10 minutes after loss of connection
  • An app would be more convenient, but a web browser can be used to navigate to the online dashboard
  • Connecting to a different Wifi network requires the device to be reset
  • Requires a Wifi router. Cannot be used on guest wifi networks (like those in RV parks) or tethered using a mobile-enabled device like a phone or tablet.

RV Pet Safety Pet Temperature Monitor

Model Tested: N5 Pet Temperature Monitor

Price: $299 (includes 1-year cellular subscription, data subscription fees apply after first year)

 Details:

  • Alerts for temperature, low battery, and loss of cellular connection
  • Flexible subscription options (Annual at $120/year, or Month-to-Month at $15/month with a $5 deactivation/reactivation fee.)
  • In-app notifications and alerts sent via text and email to up to 5 people 
  • If conditions do not return to acceptable levels, additional alerts are sent every 10 minutes
  • Quick set up with app
  • The app has a clean design and is easy to use
  • Uses the AT&T and T-Mobile cellular networks 
  • Cellular signal strength indicator provided in the app
  • Plugs into wall outlet or USB power port in a 12V outlet
  • Operates on backup battery for up to 24 – 48 hours
  • Comes with rearview mirror hanger for vehicle stating a pet temperature monitor is in use
  • Device may be used in the US and Canada, but not in Mexico

Things to consider:

  • Does not work in places not covered by AT&T or T-Mobile
  • In-app customer support response time is slow

 

SensorPush Wireless Thermometer plus Wifi Gateway

Model Tested: G1 Wifi Gateway

Price: Each sensor – $49.99, Gateway – $99.95

Details:

  • Alerts for temperature and humidity
  • No monthly/annual service fees
  • Sends alerts via in-app push notifications to any device logged into the app (logins are unlimited)
  • If conditions do not return to acceptable levels, additional alerts are sent every 10 minutes
  • Set up of the gateway plus two sensors took 15-20 minutes
  • The app has a clean design and is fairly easy to use
  • The gateway plugs into a regular wall outlet or USB power port in a 12V outlet
  • Wireless remote sensors are battery-operated and can be expected to last 1 year or more
  • An unlimited number of sensors can be connected to the gateway (additional sensor cost $50 each)
  • Updates once per minute and displays current data immediately on the app
  • Can be used anywhere a Wifi or Ethernet connection is available

Things to consider:

  • No alerts are delivered if the gateway loses power or the wifi connection is interrupted
  • Text, email, and phone alerts are not available at this time
  • Requires a Wifi router. Cannot be used on guest wifi networks (like those in RV parks) or tethered using a mobile-enabled device like a phone or tablet.

Temp Stick Wireless Temperature Sensor

Price: $169

Details:

  • Alerts for temperature, humidity, battery level, and loss of wifi connection
  • No monthly/annual service fees
  • Sends alerts via text and email to multiple recipients
  • If conditions do not return to acceptable levels, alerts are resent every 5 minutes
  • Quick set up with online dashboard or app
  • Battery-operated (2 AA batteries)
  • Both the app and online dashboard have a clean design and are easy to use
  • Can be used anywhere a Wifi or Ethernet connection is available

Things to consider: 

  • Updates once every 15 minutes and displays most recent data in the app and on the online dashboard
  • Battery life is 6-12 months, depending on settings
  • Connecting the device to a different Wifi network requires the device to be reset
  • Requires a Wifi router. Cannot be used on guest wifi networks (like those in RV parks) or tethered using a mobile-enabled device like a phone or tablet.

What Are We Using?

After all the analysis, we’ve decided to use the Proteus AMBIO Temperature/Humidity Sensor to monitor the temperature in the RV when we need to leave Ty and Buster alone. This option is the best solution for us because we looking to monitor the temperature in the motorhome, where our 12V outlets work even when the RV’s not running – so the lack of battery in this unit doesn’t impact us. And since we already have a souped-up cellular Wifi router in the motorhome and get great reception in most places – we’re expecting our connectivity to be as good or better than any of the cellular-enabled temperature monitors.

We also like that the Proteus monitor records the temperature once per minute, which means we’d be alerted quickly if the boys were in danger. Finally, it sends alerts not only for temperature, but for loss of power and loss of wifi connection, so we won’t have to keep one eye on our phones while we’re away wondering if the monitor is working properly. Add all of that to the fact that we won’t have another monthly bill, and it seals the deal!

After our testing, we also added two Blink cameras to the motorhome. While their temperature monitoring functionality didn’t win us over, I do love having the ability to get a quick snapshot or video of the boys while we’re away. It’s a super-convenient way to be able to check on the dogs whenever we’re out.

Are you aware of another pet temperature monitor that you’d like us to test? Leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to get one and include it!

 

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