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By: Bill McGrath
The iDevices iGrill2 is the successor to the iGrill. It is a Bluetooth-enabled remote thermometer that has two probes, each of which can monitor food or cooker temperature. Currently, there is only an Apple app but an Android app is scheduled for August of 2014. The device can be used without a smart device as a thermometer only. Apple devices must have iOS 7 or later installed.
Normally, thermometers of this type stay on indefinitely. This unit features an auto-off capability that varies with the circumstances. If a probe is inserted and the unit is connected to a smart device, such as an iPhone or iPad, it will not shut itself off. If there is a probe but no connection, it will auto-shutoff in 8 hours. If there is no probe connected and no connection to a smart device, it will shut off after 5 minutes. This will prevent accidental battery depletion.
Four probes can be inserted into the device, (two are supplied with the unit) and the single readout can display any of them by pressing the “<” button or the “>” button. Holding “<” or “>” will initiate cycling among probes. Pressing either of these buttons momentarily will end the cycling, and display only the selected probe.
Using the smart device app, you can select from a list of meat/doneness choices or choose your own setting for each probe independently. An alarm will sound when that setting has been reached. Alternatively, you can set a range of temperatures, and the alarm will sound if the probe senses a temperature above or below the set limits. These settings can be saved.
You can rename the probes if you want, either by their function or their identifying colored collars. You can also set multiple timers for each probe.
There is a Globe feature that let’s you share experiences and photos from other iGrill2 users. You can share yours via Facebook, if you want.
You can view a graph of temperature vs. time on your smart device, or export a CSV file for plotting in an application such as Microsoft Excel.
In order to reduce battery consumption, the unit will enter a sleep mode when the smart device is too far from the transmitter. Thresholds: sleep > 30′, wake <5′
The iGrill2 uses the same smart device app as the iGrillmini.
Weber-Stephen is one of the oldest and most respected manufacturers of BBQ equipment and related accessories in the world. Weber grills and smokers cook beautifully and have great features that are clever, effective and easy to use. As popularity and demand for BBQ gear grows worldwide, Weber continues to earn their long standing reputation for quality, durability and outstanding customer service and support, (7 days a week from 7am to 8pm CST), in an increasingly competitive environment. Even in this crowded marketplace, many consumers are still willing to pay more for the Weber name and they are rarely disappointed. They make a variety of cookers and smokers. Their iconic black charcoal kettles are known throughout the world. Indeed Weber is expanding globally.
Weber-Stephen was family owned since it was founded in 1952 by George Stephen. At the end of 2010 the Stephen family sold a majority stake to Chicago investment group BDT Capital Partners. In 2012, Weber settled a class action suit out of court regarding their use of the phrase, “Made in USA”. Weber previously qualified the “Made in USA” statement by specifying their products are assembled in the USA with some components that are sourced globally. Here is an excerpt from Weber’s statement “Weber believes that because all Weber grills and the disputed accessories are designed and engineered in the USA, and all grills save for one line [Spirit]* are manufactured and assembled in the USA using component parts primarily made in the USA, it did nothing wrong and therefore has valid defenses to plaintiff’s claims. The court has not held a trial or ruled in favor of either party on any disputed issues. Weber and the plaintiff have agreed to settle the matter to avoid the costs of continued litigation.” As a result of this suit, Weber can no longer claim to be made in America.
Since then Weber, like many others, has outsourced manufacturing of more product lines. Things change, but we believe Weber’s commitment to quality and innovation has not.
The biggest barrier for many folks is price. Webers are not cheap, but when you consider that they last decades, the price is easy to justify. Many some cheap grills fall apart after three years or so.
Our main complaint: All Webers have the obligatory bi-metal dial thermometer in the hood that gives you a ballpark reading of what the temperature is high above the meat. Since we cook on the grates, though, it’s always better to bring your own digital thermometer and place a probe there. It appears this is beginning to change as Weber enters a new era of digital technology and software based products.
Published On: 6/26/2014 Last Modified: 1/28/2021
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