Being a reptile and exotic animal enthusiast, maintaining an optimal environment for my pets is paramount. This led me on a quest to find the best temperature and humidity monitor, and lo and behold, I stumbled upon the INKBIRD IBS-TH5-WIFI.
When the neatly packaged box landed on my doorstep, my initial reaction was sheer curiosity mixed with hope—could this be the solution I’ve been searching for?
Bottom Line Up Front
For those of you in a rush, the INKBIRD IBS-TH5-WIFI offers precise, real-time monitoring of temperature and humidity, all seamlessly connected via WiFi for easy accessibility. Its user-friendly design and reliable functionality make it a must-have for any exotic animal enthusiast.
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INKBIRD IBS-TH5-WIFI Review – What’s in the Box?
Upon opening the neatly packaged box, I found:
- IBS-TH5-WIFI unit: The main device to monitor the conditions.
- USB to USB-C charging cable: To ensure the unit remains powered.
- Instruction Manual card with QR code: Providing quick access to a digital instruction manual.
- User Manual: Comprehensive guide explaining all the device’s features.
Physical Measurements and Display
The device boasts a 3.71-inch ink display which offers high contrast, ensuring that readings are easily visible even in various lighting conditions.
Here are all the features listed out, see the above image for more.
- Clock: Stay informed not just about the environment but also the time.
- Humidity and Temperature: Accurate readings to ensure a comfortable environment for your pets.
- Local Weather: The device syncs with Weatherbit data to provide local weather updates.
- Influenza Virus Survival Rate: A unique feature indicating potential risk levels.
- Comfort Level Indicator: Quickly gauge if the environment is within the desired comfort range.
- Alarms: Set alarms for specific temperature, humidity, and environmental thresholds.
- App for Mobile Monitoring: Seamlessly connect the device to your phone for real-time data.
- Cloud Storage: Data is stored in the cloud for up to 2 years and can be exported directly to an email account.
Connectivity and Battery
With its 2.4 GHz WiFi connectivity, the device easily integrates into your home network. What’s more impressive is its 2000mAh lithium battery, which, when set at 60-minute interval updates, can last up to an astounding 12 months on a single charge!
INKBIRD Mobile App: Bringing Data to Your Fingertips
One of the standout features of the INKBIRD IBS-TH5-WIFI is its seamless integration with the INKBIRD mobile application. This section delves deep into the user experience and functionality of the app itself.
Ease of Setup
The INKBIRD app is easily downloadable from most major app stores. Once installed, pairing the device is a straightforward process, requiring just a few clicks. The user interface is intuitive, making setup a breeze even for those who might not be tech-savvy.
With the app, you don’t have to be physically near your device to know the conditions of your pet enclosures. It offers the following real-time data:
Custom Alerts and Notifications
The app allows you to set custom thresholds for temperature and humidity. If any reading drifts away from the desired range, you receive instant notifications. This proactive approach ensures the well-being of your pets even when you’re away.
Data Storage and Analysis
All data is securely stored in the cloud, accessible at any time. You can easily track historical data, which provides insights into any patterns or anomalies. This feature is crucial for those who want to monitor and adapt their pet care routines based on empirical data.
This feature is something my parents really love, because when they travel they want to know if the furnace or air conditioning is functioning properly.
Integration with Other Devices
If you have multiple INKBIRD devices, the app conveniently consolidates them all. This centralized approach ensures streamlined monitoring, especially beneficial for users with diverse and expansive pet collections.
Users have praised the app for its smooth performance and consistent updates, which bring new features and improvements.
Incorporating your personal experiences and perhaps a few screenshots of the app interface would enrich this section even further. It’s a tool that enhances the overall functionality of the INKBIRD IBS-TH5-WIFI and truly deserves its spotlight in the review.
My personal experience was good, you just need to make sure you enter the proper wifi password. If you don’t it will just say there is an error and it can’t connect, but doesn’t give a reason as to why not.
Ordering from INKBIRD’s website was a breeze. Upon unboxing, the sleek design of the IBS-TH5-WIFI was immediately apparent. Setting it up was straightforward, and within minutes, it was connected to my WiFi, sending real-time data straight to my phone.
During its use, I noticed how responsive and accurate its readings were. Whether your using for a bearded dragon enclosure or a leopard gecko setup, I am confident that you’ll be able to provide a stable environment. The only hiccup I encountered was a slight delay in notifications when my WiFi connection was weak, but once resolved, it was smooth sailing.
- Seamless WiFi integration allows for remote monitoring.
- Accurate and rapid readings.
- User-friendly interface and setup.
- Dependent on a WiFi connection for real-time notifications.
- Doesn’t have 5Ghz connectivity.
- Not for outdoor use.
Questions about the IBS-TH5-WIFI
Is the INKBIRD IBS-TH5-WIFI waterproof Hygrometer?
No the INKBIRD IBS-TH5-WIFI is not waterproof so it cannot be used outdoors or come into direct contact with water.
What data is included in the app for the INKBIRD IBS-TH5-WIFI Hygrometer?
The app tracks temperature, humidity, dew point, and VPD (vapour-pressure deficit).
How do you charge the INKBIRD IBS-TH5-WIFI Hygrometer?
There is a plug that has a rubber cover over it on the left side of the device if you are looking at the screen. Simply pull out the rubber plug and plug in the supplied USB-C cable to charge it.
Would I recommend the INKBIRD IBS-TH5-WIFI? Without a doubt. For anyone serious about the well-being of their exotic pets, this monitor is a game-changer. It marries technology with functionality, delivering precise readings, tracking data, live data on the go, and peace of mind. Whether you’re a snake charmer, a lizard lover, or a tarantula enthusiast, this is a tool that deserves a spot in your your setup.
On another note, if you’re looking for a temperature controller, I also did a review on the INKBIRD ITC-308 Temperature Controller that you may want to check out.