Changing the Batteries
What is the procedure for changing the batteries? What kind of batteries does the Smart Oil Gauge take?
The Smart Oil Gauge takes two Saft LS14500 3.6 V lithium AA batteries, which are readily available online. The batteries typically last 1-2 years, depending on WiFi strength, Upload Interval, and other factors. Set your Upload Interval to 24 to maximize battery life.
Note: THE SMART OIL GAUGE WILL NOT WORK WITH REGULAR AAs. We sell replacement batteries here.
To change the batteries, simply turn the device off and remove the battery box. Slide it open, remove the batteries and install the new ones. Power the device on and confirm you see a red light deep down inside. It will illuminate briefly upon power up. The device should automatically reconnect to WiFi and upload a new reading once the new batteries are installed. Refresh your app to look for a new reading.
IF YOU DO NOT SEE THE RED LIGHT, you may need to spin the batteries for a better connection (it took me a few tries on my early unit (4+ years old) recently but it eventually lit up and is working great!).
TIP: Check your app 30 seconds after powering the unit back on. If you do not see a new 'Last Reading' date and time, then the batteries may not be seated properly. Open the battery box, reseat the batteries, and try again.
ALSO: Your battery level may not update right away in the app. As long as you see a new reading though, there is nothing to worry about. It will reflect the new battery level once it has uploaded its next few readings.