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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff Bartlett View Post
    Not beating anyone up Clint. Merely stating facts as they relate to my experience. I was sold a unit that became obsolete a few short weeks after purchase. After I posted my last comment I did hear back from them. They stated "We are not currently able to sell the upgraded charger without a probe or offer an exchange". They did however offer me a 15% off a new set. I declined their offer and told them that I was not interested and was disappointed in their business practices. I have myself to blame for this. I took a risk, knowing that I'd seen comments on our forum regarding range issues as well as from others providing comment on Amazon. Live and learn.
    Obsolete? They don't offer the version you were swindled by anymore?

    Have you read the FAQs? They advertise "33ft oven, pan, or gas grill, or 10 ft / 3m in bbq or smoker". Are you not getting 10'?

    "The maximum range I was getting on Bluetooth was 9 or 10 feet and was intermittent at best beyond that. I emailed them and inquired about that and they informed me that if using the MEATER in a Weber Kettle the 10 feet is indeed the maximum range, not 33 feet My only option for longer range is with Wifi and to pull that off I need an Ipad or an extra phone to use as a link from Bluetooth to Wifi. Yesterday I received the email you linked and read about the "signal repeater" block giving 130 or so feet of range. I"ve contacted them to see if they will cut me some sort of deal on the repeater. I haven't heard back from them and I'm not holding my breath. Quite frankly, I'm not sure it's all worth it. "

    You're dealing with laws of nature, I suppose you don't want that pesky book about Gravity. All your wildest dreams will come true. You can buy our cheapest product and it'll work to 100% satisfaction or your money back.

    Customer says "I thought" and it becomes a natural law. Not so.

    From their FAQs:


    Aren't BBQ grills, smokers, and ovens essentially "Faraday Cages" that prevent RF signal transmission?


    In theory, a Faraday Cage will block RF signals from entering and exiting the cage. The good news is that BBQ grills, smokers, and ovens are not built or designed to be Faraday Cages.

    A good Faraday Cage has no gaps, slots, and holes; Are usually made of thick conductive material and designed with as little individual parts/pieces as possible (i.e. every joining edge or corner between materials are spot welded, etc.).

    In reality BBQ grills, smokers, and ovens are anything but a Faraday Cage. They have plenty of large air vents and gaps. If air and smoke can enter or exit your BBQ grill, smoker, and oven, then itíll be easy for 2.4GHz radio frequency to enter and exit through the same gaps and holes.

    One way to test is to place a Bluetooth enabled device (such as a speaker) inside your grill and test its connection with your smartphone.


    It's Bluetooth, Cliff. They show you how to test it. I have a bluetooth watch (garmin fenix 5x) and a few bluetooth headsets (in helmets & other headphone configs for calls/music, and also for strictly calls. Do any of them work perfectly? NO. I dip my hand in water and the watch says "bluetooth disconnected" (immediately), pull it out and "connected". The wireless headphones (sennheiser, motorola, plantronics, Outdoor research) all work well, but within the quirky confines of reality.

    Gravity book lesson #2: The maverik transmitters are OUTSIDE of the grill, hence the farther range. You want a farther range? Get some sort of bluetooth repeater within 10' of your grill. Or leave the lid off.

    Gravity and other natural laws are in effect whether or not you're aware of them.

    https://meater.com/support/#faqs

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    Whatever Clint. Obsolete? Yes, compared to what they’re offering now, a few short weeks later. You buy one and see what you think. I’ll be eager to hear. This isn’t worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff Bartlett View Post
    Whatever Clint. Obsolete? Yes, compared to what theyíre offering now, a few short weeks later. You buy one and see what you think. Iíll be eager to hear. This isnít worth it.
    looks like the Meater + includes the repeater.

    Meater: $69 ($5 shipping), 10' in grill, 33 (or whatever BT tech allows) outside of grill.
    Meater +: $99, includes repeater, 165' (or so).

    https://store.meater.com/

    Other than the range issue, do people like it? It looks slick to me.

    IMO they should make the repeater available separately if possible/compatible.

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    Still not convinced, I will wait for further reviews...
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    I put my $$$ when my mouth is and ordered the meater block. I think the range will be fine for both my kitchen and grills as the grills are just outside my kitchen window, I hope the probes are durable. I'm guessing I won't be able to use them when searing things like TT or steaks as the max cooker temp is 527F; I normally reverse sear but I'm flexible and I'm sure I'll be able to find some use for these.

    Maximum internal temperature: 212įF (meat)
    Maximum ambient temperature: 527įF (cooker)

    I'll post back if/when I get it.

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    I have the Meater. I bought it quite a while ago to use mainly for rotisserie cooking. Fortunately we had an obsolete smartphone sitting in a drawer that I've used to connect to the home wifi. This works well.

    As far as the Meater probe goes: I use a Smoke probe for ambient temps when firing up my cooker because the Meater probe is not used until one adds the product to be cooked. I don't trust ambient temps with the unit. The Meater ambient temp is usually 50* or so out of agreement with the Smoke ambient temp until the final stages of the cook. I contacted Meater about this and they said I had positioned the probe so that the outside part of the sensor was too close to the meat and was being influenced by it. I had been inserting it diagonally. So I have been placing the probe vertically as much as possible. The temp readings are better, but still leave much to be desired. So I always monitor cooker temps with the Smoke temp probe. fwiw -the Meater probe puts a 1/4" diameter hole in the meat. That's OK for a large roast or a whole chicken - not so much for smaller items, imho.

    Also, according to some reports on other forms - when the battery in the probe dies: that's it! Dead Meater probe. Am not sure if it's replaceable for a reasonable cost. One person stated that it was not available for replacement. I should contact Meater regarding this concern.

    So... like I stated earlier, I purchased it for rotisserie cooking use. Within limits, it works well for that. However, for anything else I prefer using the Thermoworks Smoke.

    Oh, and like Cliff - I'm disappointed that they don't offer a discount to Meater owners to upgrade to the newer meater +.
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    maybe I'll cancel my preorder

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    I’ll continue exercising my right to wait, while I really like the concept, I’m not being moved too much by reviews of either the unit or, their customer service.
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