Remember this blog entry about Switchbot S1? (photo below right)
Great little Bluetooth device, sent to me by ZBanx Marketing, for machines which have an on-off pushbuton but no ability to handle timers. Switchbot could even make use of the company’s SwitchBot Mini-Hub to allow WiFi control of the Switchbot S1…
Except that if you check that article, I simply could not get Switchbot to trigger my HotPoint washing machine so I could make use of overnight cheap electricity here in Spain as I do with my hot water tanks running on timers. The HotPoint, once turned off at the mains, needs a physical button-press to put it back into action and the Switchbot button simply wasn’t up to it – especially given the slightly curved front panel of the HotPoint.
Today I received from Banggood, the CubeTouch – a slightly smaller, slightly deeper possible alternative to Switchbot S1…. this one has a direct push down rather than an angled lever – and comes complete with accessories – let’s take a look.
Nice, simple box with QR codes for both Apple and Android versions of the well known “Smart Life” APP as well as details such as dimensions, weight etc.
The little arm you see on the right is detachable and the give you a much shorter arm and a much longer arm as well as various pads including 2 double-sided adhesive mounting pads for the CubeTouch itself. I think this device may find applications where the Switchbot just won’t do it.
CubeTouch comes with a rechargeable 500mAH battery and can be charged using USB-C. Mine came 80% charged out of the box which was handy – and there’s a USB-C connector, LED indicator and on-off button on the opposite side to the actuator.
As I already have a free Smartlife account, linking the device to Smartlife was as simple as clicking “+” in the APP. Having held the CubeTouch to the washing machine, pressed ON in the APP and seen it turn off the washing machine, I then attached one of the large adhesive pads to the CubeTouch and one small round pad to the actuator to compensate for the increased distance to the washing machine button.
Would it work? Nope. I must’ve just been lucky (or biassed) when holding the unit in place by hand. So, I put ANOTHER tiny pad on the actuator. BINGO – the machine turned off (and vice-versa).
The CubeTouch box claims “Timer and Scheduler”. Sadly, my BLE Gateway despite being turned on and attached to my SwitchBot APP, does not seem to know about CubeTouch and when I set a schedule in the SmartLife APP to trigger Cubetouch at a specific time, all I got was “Gateway is not connected. Failed to save the linkage rule”.
The instructions with CubeTouch make no reference to BLE gateways at all and as said above, my only BLE Gateway is hooked to the Switchbot APP, not the SmartLife APP.
Right now then, I may as well simply turn on the washing machine manually… good idea though… I did spot, on an “Amazon Portugal” web page, a fleeting reference to a Tuya BLE Gateway. I’ll keep looking – meanwhile if anyone knows more, do provide some feedback. I’ve checked around for non-sales articles about CubeTouch – not finding anything yet…