The Broadlink RM Mini 3 or otherwise known as black bean, is quickly becoming one of the latest pieces of technology that is making a foray into the internet of things market. The black bean is already proving to be a game changer in the remote controller field; its main strength is the price, the black bean is the best-priced controller out there.

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The power plug and reset button are on the back.

What is an infrared controller?

Courtesy of the mini3 black bean, you can turn your smartphone into a remote controller for all your infrared remote-controlled devices in your home. These devices include TVs, set-top boxes, air conditioners, home theaters and any device you point a remote controller at. The aim is to give you total control of your device on your phone from anywhere in the world.

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The small indicator light on the front flashes blue to indicate when it is operating and controlling a device.

The RM Mini 3 core functions

The black bean has a wide variety of functionalities, all of which are tied to its ability to turn a smartphone into a remote control for infrared controlled devices. With the black bean,

  • You can easily turn these appliances on and off.
  • You can easily time switching on and off appliances remotely.
  • Create timers for device operation.
  • Use If and Or functions to control devices based on environment variables.
  • Can copy remote control functions to learn any remote and any function.

The Broadlink Black RM mini 3 App

Available both in the Google play store and the IOS store the Broadlink app is a highly customizable and is used with not only the mini 3 but also the wide range of other Broadlink smart home gear. The basic setup is fast, but there is so much room for total customization. The Broadlink items can also be linked to Amazon echo and Alexa through Alexa Skills. Other smart home systems are also building compatibility.

Broadlink app for black bean
The standard setup; select your device, learn the device by pressing a button on your original remote then the device will be automatically created in the app.
Advanced Functions of rm mini 3
Some of the more advanced pages, scene mode where you can program certain combinations of actions

Enjoy full control wherever you are

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The power supply is just a 1A 5V USB charger, so it can also be powered by your PC or another regular charger.

The black bean brings its users a number of advantages. You can turn off security lights when you are not at home. The most impressive functionality that comes with the black bean is its ability to learn. While black bean comes pre-loaded with functionalities that it can perform on specific devices, for devices that it does not have any pre-loaded functions that it can perform, it can learn and start performing certain tasks. It is also effortless to set up. It comes with simple and clear instruction on how one can set it up within a few minutes. All one needs to do is simply download either the Android or iOS app onto your phone, connect to the same network as your black bean device and connect your smartphone and black bean.

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Limits of the RM mini 3 Black Bean

As much as black bean smart IR controller comes with a lot of advantages, it also comes with a limitation; it can only control IR devices. It cannot control any devices that are controlled via Bluetooth or RF. If you do have multi-room remotes, possibly for lights, curtains or gates, the RM 2 pro is more pricey but also includes RF. You probably don’t need it tho as the majority of devices in your home are IR, in fact, most homes don’t have any RF devices at all.

The other thing worth a mention is the black bean uses WiFi to connect to your phone, but it uses IR to communicate to your devices. Just like your standard remote control, you need to be in the same room as the device, so if you have a few rooms you would like to control devices in, you will need to get one black bean for each separate room.

You can see more details of the black bean here.

RM Mini 3 Black Bean

RM Mini 3 Black Bean
8.3

Setup

9.0/10

Workmanship

7.0/10

Saftey

9.0/10

Compatability

8.0/10

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Easy to use
  • Great app
  • Universal
  • USB powered

Cons

  • Plain design
  • No rubber base
  • Only IR

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Niels
Niels
I am using a few “black beans”, and I generally quite happy with them. They do have certain limitations (e.g. no temperature sensor, no two-way communication etc.), but they do what they are supposed to do, and they do it well. There is, however, once specific problem that I have encountered with the software – how can I adjust the time span for the “Healthy Sleep Function” (start and end time) once I have selected it? You can replicate the problem with the following steps: 1. Activate “Healthy Sleep” Button, 2. Choose start and end time, 3. Set temperature curve.… Read more »
Niels
Niels

I am very happy to say that your Customer Service just sent me a short video which shows how to reset the sleep curve. The trick is to keep pressing on “Healthy Sleep” on the virtual remote
control until a pop up window appears which asks whether you want to
delete the current sleep curve. Once you do this, you can chose a new
one. It’s so easy after all. Thanks a lot for your help, Banggood!

Ahsan Haider
Ahsan Haider

Hi,

I have PM Mini3 and I need to know how to change the time in Healthy Sleep curve.
It keeps showing tome from till 1700 0000.
I am not able to change this time.
What is the procedure to change this.

Regards

Michael
Michael

can i link my RM Mini3 to Directv

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