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Feed your dog or cat via app ›jojo Reviews

With the Smart Pet Feeder C1, Aqara has a rather unusual smart home accessory in its range. The device, which is now available in Germany, can be of great service to pet owners if, for example, they have to take care of their animals at certain times for medical reasons or if they want to care for or pamper them remotely. work.

First an important limitation: the feeder works best with small pieces of food, the manufacturer specifies a size between two and twelve millimeters here – smaller croquettes or chips (whatever you want to call them) lead to more even portions.

Dry food in small portions

It goes without saying that you can only use dry food here. The transparent feed tank has a capacity of up to four liters or the equivalent of approximately 1.7 kilograms. The individual portions are then ejected via a rotary dosing mechanism, setting the portion size to approximately eight grams and storing in the companion app how many of these individual portions are ejected during feeding – the maximum value here is ten portions, i.e. approx. 80 grams. For the feeding itself, an easy-to-clean stainless steel bowl is placed in a plastic bowl that also serves as a holder.

Aqara Smart Pet Feeder C1 Detail

The eight grams is only a guideline. It is recommended to weigh some of the food used, the actual weight can then be saved in the app as an alternative to the default setting.

The buttons on the front of the Aqara Pet Feeder C1 allow for manual operation, with the center button probably being especially relevant for feed output. There is a reset button on the left side and the right button is used for voice recording. You could theoretically yell “There’s food” or something similar to your pet every time you feed it, with the speaker integrated into the feeder being very quiet, but optionally additional Aqara hubs can be used as speakers in other rooms.

Aqara Smart Pet Feeder C1 Dog

The Aqara automatic feeder is powered via USB, the connection cable required for this is included, but you must provide an existing USB-A power supply yourself. Alternatively, the device can also be operated with three type D mono (LR20) batteries.

Schedules and settings via the Aqara app

When it comes to the hub, it should be briefly mentioned again that Aqara is basically a hub based system and the individual devices communicate with it wirelessly. Accordingly, an existing Aqara hub is also mandatory for the app connection here.

Additional settings can then be found in the Aqara app, including the amount of feed mentioned above and also an optional schedule for automatic feedings. In addition, you can manually control the feed output remotely or view statistics at any time. The app shows the amount fed on the current day, as well as a detailed, but also unattractive, log file with entries for all of the device’s actions.

Read the C1 app

HomeKit connection via workaround

Due to the lack of suitable interfaces, there is no standard connection of the Aqara Pet Feeder C1 with Apple Home or Amazon Alexa. If you want this integration, you must use a workaround. For HomeKit, for example, Aqara proposes to link the functionality of the device to the brightness of the Aqara M1S Hub, if that model is used. The automation in the Aqara app then ensures that the power mechanism is activated as soon as the hub’s LED is activated at 1 percent brightness and in HomeKit you can then build a switch that turns on the light of the Aqara M1S at this 1 percent brightness switched on .

Temporarily at the introductory price

The Aqara Pet Feeder C1 is now available for a price of 109.99 euros. In Germany, sales are made via Amazon, where a price reduction of 10 percent is possible for a short time with the discount code UKEUPFC1.

product notice

Aqara Smart Feeder C1, REQUIRES AQARA Zigbee 3.0 HUB, automatic feeder for cats and dogs, programmable … introductory price

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Written by Kim Anderson

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