I have five Yale YRL220ZW619 lever locks on my VeraPlus, the batteries keep dying in as little as 30 days and on average 60-75 days. Polling is set to 10800 seconds. I’ve tried both lithium and alkaline, doesn’t make a difference.
I also need a reliable key fob remote to signal the Yales to lock/unlock, there simply are NO good zWave keyfobs out there (the Aeotec ZW088-A being the “best” was horrible, it’s battery would die in less than 30 days, even with polling turned off).
These are the two problems I need to solve. In another property I use the Yale YRL220ZW619 with a Honeywell Lynx Touch 5100, the batteries last forever (at least a year with daily use) and the batteries in the key fob (Honeywell 5834-4, 345Mhz?) last 3-5 YEARS (I’ve been using mine for over 5 years now and the battery still doesn’t need to be replaced). I’ve read on other forums (I think it was the SmartThings forum) that short battery life in the Yale locks is usually the result of the controller (all other things being equal, that makes sense - the VeraPlus must be doing SOMETHING that the Lynx doesn’t). What I’m thinking of doing is installing a Lynx system here, putting the Yale locks on it and let the Lynx control these locks. That would also solve the problem with having a reliable key fob with good battery life (and add security at the same time). If I do this, can the VeraEdge “know” about the devices controlled by the Lynx but NOT poll them or manage them the way it does with them presently?
I basically ONLY want the VeraEdge to “talk” to the Yale devices through the Lynx, and let the Lynx “manage” the devices. So Vera would get status and send lock/unlock signals (and NOTHING ELSE) to the Lynx who would relay them to the Yale locks. Can I do this? Sorry, I’ve never done multiple zWave controllers before - I know you can associate them but I have no experience doing so and want to make sure I’m not just “moving the problem” if Vera is still going to do WHATEVER it is doing under the covers with these Yale locks and killing their batteries.