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Buoy® installs on your water line
Standard installation by a Buoy plumber is included in the purchase price.
What is standard? In less than two hours, a plumber will install Buoy on 4-13” of exposed pipe that has at least 6” inches clearance from walls, pipes, and appliances, without needing extra pipe or fittings to do the job. For flex line installations, the plumber will secure Buoy to a 20x20x10 space on the wall that’s less than two feet from Buoy’s connection to your flex line.
Non-standard installations can require:
Cutting into walls or digging up pipes
Reworking your pipes to create space for Buoy
New copper pipe, pressure regulators, or similar supplies
More than two hours of time
Buoy will go inside or outside your house in a spot above ground that's always accessible. Buoy doesn’t need to be plugged in (just recharge the battery about once a year), and can be installed vertically or horizontally, with either copper pipe or flexline. We include the optional waterhorn, which allows installation on only four inches of pipe, in your purchase so it's there if the plumber needs it. If it isn't used, just contact us for a prepaid shipping label and return it for a refund.
Quick Start Guide (PDF)
Installation Guide (PDF)
What You'll Need
- WiFi network using Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n @ 2.4GHz
- Accessible main water line for a single residence (not a shared meter)
- Phone or tablet with iOS 8 or later, or Android 4.4 or later
In the Box
Your Buoy device
Installation by a licensed plumber
Rechargeable battery (Buoy does not need to be plugged in)
Battery charger, adapter, and indoor power cord
Prepaid return envelope for waterhorn
Rubber gasket rings (2)
Meter couplings (2)
Including the waterhorn with your purchase saves time because it's there for the plumber if necessary— no need to schedule a second installation while you order a waterhorn. If you don't need it, just contact us for a prepaid shipping label and return it within 15 days of Buoy's installation for a full refund.
If you're sure your installation won't need a waterhorn, please contact Support. We think it's best to have it on hand just in case, since you will be responsible for any additional plumbing charges if a second installation appointment is required.
The Buoy App
Once your Buoy device is installed and conneceted to your home WiFi network, it gets to work immediately, flexing its machine-learning muscle to analyze your water data. From the moment you’re connected, you can see your household water use and, in an emergency, shut off your water from a button in the app.
13" x 6.5" x 6.5"
5.4 lbs (with battery)
Lithium-Ion removable battery
Voltage: 7.4V nominal 8.4V peak
Capacity: 57 Whr 7.8 Ahr
Life: One charge lasts about a year
Time to recharge: < 2 hours
Battery charger, adapter, and power cord assembly (included)
Input: 100-240V~ 50/60Hz, 1.5A Max
Output: 12V 5.0A
UL listed Class 2 Power Unit
Dry location use only
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n @ 2.4GHz
Buoy app on phone or tablet with Android 4.4+ or iOS 8+ or latest version of Safari, Chrome, Firefox on Mac OS X v10.9 or later and Windows 7 or later
Thread pitch/pattern for inlet and outlet
Meter coupling adaptors (included)
1” NPS to 3/4” NPT
Water Pressure (interval)
Operating Environment Specs
Storage Temperature: -10 – 65ºC (14 – 149º F)
Relative Humidity: 10 – 80 %, non-condensing
Maximum altitude: 10,000 feet
Product Life: > 90,000 Operating Hours (10 years)
1 year limited warranty for hardware
Supported Installation Configurations
Horizontally – inline, with a waterhorn, or with flexible line
Vertically – inline or with flexible line
View the Installation Guide