Digital Probe item created by bmudd14474, Jan 28, 2014
Pros - Works Flawlessly | Four Probes | WiFi Enabled
Cons - Aesthetics
Have been using the Tappecue for over a year, and it is great. Really nice to be able to run errands or monitor temps inside on my iPhone/iPad while grilling. Unlike some of the other reviews, I had no issues with the set-up/install.
This is the third wifi unit I have tried, and by far the most functional. The one I really wanted to work was put out by Williams Sonoma a few years back, but the wifi was very unstable and it was eventually taken off the market. The Tappecue needs to be plugged in, the Williams Sonoma model had a rechargeable battery. The Sonoma model was elegant to look at. The Tappecue looks like it was designed by engineers: very functional, but no thought given to aesthetics.
We live in the Pacific Northwest and grill all year long, so I purchased the water proof case/storage unit. Works very well, but, once again, the mini-Pelican case design is not the most aesthetically pleasing.
iOS apps are very clean and work great. I very much like the session graphing feature (please see photo).
Pros - Four probes, great iPhone/iPad app, easy parameter creation and alteration, excellent with the Yoder YS640 ports
Cons - Clunky interface on Windows, amateurish but workable GUI, counterintuitive set up process
I saw this being used by a fellow Smoking Meat reader and colleague at a local gathering. We were collaborating on the smoking, me with my Traeger Li'l Tex, he with his orange cart Yoder YS640. I was using my Maverick, he was using the Tappecue. Oh, how I envied him the freedom of eating in the nearby town and being able to simply look at his iPad. As soon as I could, I got home, fired up the Samsung lappie and ordered it. Three days later I had this mysterious black box with power supply, USB cord, and about seventy probes! Well, four, actually, but you get the idea. Went to Tappecue's web site, registered my user name and password (easy), downloaded the setup installer, and as soon as my virus checker had stopped sniffing it's software tail, unzipped it to my desk top and followed the website's instructions obsessively. First try, the installer gagged on some file and blew up. Having played with Windows a lot, I deleted all the downloaded installer versions, including the downloaded zip file, and rebooted my computer. Downloaded the file again. This time, the install was perfect. So, corrupted file from the web, it happens. Plugged in the USB to the black box, lifted the antenna, plugged the USB into the computer, then plugged the the power into the Tappecue. Fascination - lots of blinking lights, then the Windows chime for found new equipment, then on the Tappecue ... 'Connected to PC' !! Excellent! Fired up the configuration app, and logged in, named my Tappecue appropriately, then proceeded to the WiFi set up. Here is where things got a little frustrating. I entered the first five letters of my network, and the drop down menu on the first box filled in the rest. I selected the appropriate button, and WPS2 (correct) loaded. Selecting the next button should have been to allow me to enter the password, but it hung up. After about 10 minutes, I shut the Tappecue down, disconnected it, rebooted my laptop, reattached and repowered the Tappecue, and began again. This time, I got to the WPS2, and loaded the password for my network. Again, it hung, so third time, I deleted the installer, the setup program and all files, did a third install, reloaded the setup and made it all the way through. Success - there, on my wifi list of users, was my Tappecue. Fired up my brand new Yoder YS640, loaded 2 St Louis rib racks, plugged in three Tappecue meat probes and swung the fourth over the middle as an ambient, and fired up the iPhone app. TA DAH! All four probes, one pit, three meat, changed the parameters easily, and cooked the ribs for three hours before wrapping and unloading. My Maverick is forgotten, I am in love, this newest Tappecue is awesome and the ribs were awesomely awesome!
Pros - true wireless monitoring, cool interface, 4 PROBES!! This is awesome~!!, very configurable
Cons - plastic case, jack plugins seem a little loose, no windows app
Ok, this is what I have been looking for. An actual wireless, multi probe thermometer that I can monitor from ANYWHERE using my mobile phone (Android)!! The Tappecue got here quickly, it was well packaged. The replacement probes are cheap and have a nice long 6 foot cord, love that! With 4 probes I can easily monitor my chamber and 3 chunks of pig/cow at the same time. The monitoring/alert feature works well and is a great feature. I like that you can share the login with friends so they know when to show up for vittles! I also like the "post to facebook" feature for the drool factor to friends and family. All in all so far this is a great toy/tool. the only real negatives for me were that the plastic case was a little off-putting at $200 I guess I expected a little more, but it seems pretty solid. they only other neg comment might be that the plugin jacks for the probes seem that they are not fixed to the case so you should be careful when plugging them in so as not to mess up the connection with the motherboard. That said however, I think this is a cool add to my BBQ arsenal. Now if only I could figure out how to integrate this directly with my RecTec I would be in heaven!!! The folks at RecTec and Tappecue should talk!