This is my first excursion into the ESP32 world, so I was a little nervous about programming and configuring the trigBoard. Boy, was that anxiety a waste of time! Since what I wanted was to be notified whenever my mailbox is opened or closed, there were no programming requirements. The firmware on the trigBoard will already do that as is. All I needed to do was mount the magnetic contacts in my mailbox, and configure my wifi information onto the board over Bluetooth. Both were simple and easy. For that reason, I would highly recommend getting the magnetic contacts, battery enclosure, and case at the same time when ordering the board. They are available on the same Tindie site and are inexpensive. Another suggestion is to follow Kevin Darrah's YouTube video with regards to configuration.. I tried different combinations of Windows, browsers, and even my phone's Android. Only Windows10/Chrome/Bluetooth worked successfully. Don't be fooled by using Android to configure the trigBoard. Even though the configuration interface will display on the phone, and it allows you to input all of the information, something gets "mangled" when transferring data to/from the board. All in all, I am very happy with this product, and it works flawlessly.
If you can't think of 8 different ways to use this board, you aren't trying. This is a versatile device to sense an open circuit and send push notification from a tiny, device powered by a super long lasting battery and an extremely low power device. I have deployed these for gate status, door status, and 120vGFI live or flipped socket status. They work great out of the box but the maker who sells this also makes the firmware available for modification.
Great product, super fast shipping. The only thing I would suggest is to move the ICSP header to be offset (or moved out away from but that would make the board longer) from the end of the 28pin socket so we can get a little bit more access to the end of the socket. With how close the ICSP header is to the socket it makes it difficult to get your chips out even with a chip puller. Im just going to make sure I dont fully seat the chips in these so they will come out easier. I like the labeling on these, I clear coated mine so they wouldn't wear off easy just in case. I made a socket for the crystal to sit in, so I can use these to burn a bootloader for any speed/voltage of the 328. Will definitely be back for more though, freed up some breadboards and some bench space. Thank you.
Been watching Kevin’s videos on YouTube for a while. Grabbed a couple of the trig boards when they became available. Very nice. First one is installed in my mailbox. Second one is waiting for a fun project idea. If you know anything about Arduino, between the videos and the wiki for info, you can’t go wrong with the trig board.
Works as advertised. Was able to follow the documentation to modify the built-in code to send an HTTPS web request to a Raspberry Pi on my local network instead of the default Push Safer. Who wants to rely on external services anyway?! Hardest part was crimping a JST connector to a magnetic door sensor to connect to the Trigboard.
I bought two of these to test a monitoring situation I have and now wonder how I'd do this otherwise. It's very clear to me now that will a full charge on a 1000 mAh battery there is no telling how long it'll run before a battery swap will be required. So far they voltage level has not budged after two weeks of use. And I just bought two more. One to let me know when my mail comes and the other on stand by because there will be something else I'll want to track!
Great board, designed up run an ESP8266 on a battery, for long periods of time. Excellent implementation. All hardware and firmware available for custom tuning for your application needs. My only wish, is the designer should start selling his Excellent LTC2945 board on Tindie. Thanks !!!!
The trigBoard is an impressively engineered low power device for your home automation, or IoT projects. I had the board up and running in just a few minutes! I chose a tilt switch to activate the “trigger” and followed the well documented instructions. It was awesome when I received my first push notification on my phone! The documentation, and support is impressive, and the seller responded to a quick question right away. I would recommend this product to any skill level from beginner to engineer.
This little board is amazing. I'm using it in a solar tracking project where I want to send data back to the mothership when an event trips. When not collecting or sending data, I want the project to use very little power and this board lets me do that really easily. I can see that a lot of attention went into the design and the documentation is first class -- really well done and easy to get things up and running. I contacted the developer and he got back to me ASAP. Big Kudos!