What battery packs do you recommend for powering SMOBOT?
SMOBOT consumes less than 100mA of power when running. Generally, 1000mah of capacity is good for 10 hours or more of SMOBOT run time.
People have found that the more "dumb" the batteries are the better. We designed SMOBOT to be have a very low current draw, but some battery banks see that low current as a phone that's done charging and shut themselves off.
The following list are battery packs that should work based on our own testing or usage by other users:
My SMOBOT powers off after a few minutes when connected to a battery pack
Some battery packs have a "smart shutoff" feature that turns the battery pack off when it detects a low current draw. This is used when charging battery powered devices like cell phones and keeps the battery pack from being drawn down unnecessarily. ...
I cleaned my SMOBOT now it doesn't open/close all the way
If you took your SMOBOT apart for cleaning, you likely need to recalibrate the damper position. In order to do this, follow the below steps: 1. Remove the screw from the top of the servo that holds the servo arm in place. 2. Remove the damper arm ...
My power connector is sensitive and resets when moved
An intermittent power connection is generally caused by a faulty micro-USB cable. The micro-USB has a couple of little "tabs" that stick up to hold the plug into the socket and these wear out over time. You can replace your SMOBOT power cord with any ...
How far open should my bottom vent be?
For normal low and slow cooking below 300° we recommend your bottom vent is open 1/3 to 1/2. For temperatures above 300° you may need to open your bottom vent further. If you find that your unit is closed most of the time, this means you have an air ...
My servo (motor) has stopped working, what should I do?
First, make sure that your damper isn't just stuck. You can gently lift up on the arm and make sure it isn't stuck to the base plate. From there, with the servo unplugged from the controller, push on the arm to move the damper left and right. Once ...