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Choosing the Right Tool for the Job: When to use Wired vs. Wireless Probes with your Tappecue

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

With Tappecue's patent pending technology, you'll have a central hub for temperatures of your food in all your different kitchen appliances, including air fryers, pressure cookers, ovens, smokers, and grills. This one of a kind system is the only one in the world that lets you use both wireless and/or wired probes.

The Tappecue Touch touchscreen has a colorful display that makes it very easy to see temperatures at a glance, even if you don't want to use a phone.

This article will explain the benefits of both wired and wireless probes. Starting with the AirProbe2, the unique wireless probe that works directly with your smartphone, tablet, and/or Tappecue Touch. (The Tappecue 1 Air + 1 Dual Probe Bundle now comes with an AirProbe3 - check out the AirProbe3 features here)

Wireless Probes

Wireless probes, such as the AirProbe and the AirProbe2, are unique compared to their competitors and offer advantages compared to using wired probes. The main obvious advantage is it's ability to work with rotisserie systems and pressure cookers. Other advantages, of the AirProbe2 specifically, are:

  • Dishwasher safe and easy to clean

  • Works inside a pressure cooker and air fryer

  • Can be used for braising meats and simmering bases for 30 minutes with IP67 waterproofing

Other advantages:

  • Easy to connect via Bluetooth

  • No wires also means you won't get finicky readings if the cables are broken when heavy steel lids are shut on top of them

  • You won't have to drill a hole in your smoker to make ports for your probes

With the AirProbe2, you will be getting the best of the wireless probes because of one simple, yet overlooked, feature - no battery is embedded in the probe. This means that the probe runs on a super-capacitor and doesn't require an internal battery to maintain a charge. The main benefit of that, other than no risk of ruining food with battery acid, is that the probe can potentially last for decades. A battery will only work through a set number of charges and re-charges (cycles) as to where a super-capacitor will last nearly forever. A charge takes on 5 minutes vs. 6 hours for a battery-ran probe. The drawback is that the "charge" lasts only 4-10 hours but a quick 5-10 min. recharge gets you back in session. Which brings us to our next point - when to use wired probes.

Wired Probes

When you have a cook that will be longer than 4-10 hours or overnight, it's a good time to choose a wired probe like the Dual Sensor Probe or Extra-Care Standard/Mini Probe. These probes work directly with the Tappecue to provide temperature alerts and data to your smartphone. Their power is dependent on the Tappecue Touch device itself lasting between 14-20 hours (20 hours with power save enabled or unlimited power if you have an outlet to plug into). Other useful scenarios for wired probes include:

  • Gauging the accuracy of your smoker or grill with ambient probes in each different corner or shelf of your chamber

  • Linking the Cruise Control System to your smoker or grill

  • Monitoring smaller cuts of meat like salmon, chicken wings or steaks

  • Using the wired probe like an instant read thermometer for when your finishing off your brisket or steaks

  • Pan frying or baking chicken or fish.

There are many more use case scenarios for the Tappecue Touch and using wired or wireless probes like making sausage, caramel or even soap! Comment below on the versatility of your Tappecue Touch. In what unique, or common, way do you use both AirProbes and wired probes?

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The text under AirProbe3 seems a little out of date.

When I had the original AirProbe - I used wired probes for any cook more than 1.5 hours.

Now with AireProbe3\ I use them for every cook.

I used to use wired probes for sous vide when cooking with wet marinade.

Now the AirProbe3 works better for that as well.

I have a Thermapen for instant read, so using a wired probe for that does not make sense.

I still have my wired probes but don't use them often.

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