My last flex run under smart cycle was 359 minutes, which Rachio 2nd broke down into 11 cycles for 9 zones - this computes to 99 station changes, and all periods I could find in the long log were between 1-3 minutes. This feels a bit excessive, given the switch over time from zone to zone (btw, does Rachio account for some switch over time, or does it count time from the moment the new zone is computer activated?). Is there anything in the zone set-up or watering schedule I might have done wrong to cause this effect?
I believe (or at least hope) I have digested the very good smart cycle knowledge base article. Since I am on clay the max runs seem to be between 6-8 minutes with fixed heads, and 10-13 minutes for rotary. I also understand the logic for the 30 minute pause between periods, adding legitimate complexity. I don't have any other things like drip or so connected, which apparently could screw up smart cycle.
I could see the last cycles having to deal with with leftover fragments, but I don't quite understand why the initial cycles don't use values close to the maximum for the true "soak". 1-3 minutes are more of a tease... maybe one could have a setting that it uses a %age of the max, or a minimum run time up to the last catch up cycle?
If this should conflict with the 30 minute wait requirement (which I fully support), I would prefer the system to simply go idle for the balance and the app reflecting the time-out, so that I am not starting to troubleshoot :).
There must be something I am missing here, so I appreciate any help and clarifications!
Thanks in advance - I LOVE this system, it's a great environmental science project.