SolutionBee Hive Scale HM-5 evaluation results, January 2018


  • Very simple and quick set up (usually < 15 minutes)
  • Relatively inexpensive (~$290)
  • Direct NFC download of data to a single (or capability of multiple) Android phones is quick and easy
  • No SIM card required (and thus no monthly data plan required)
  • User manual is complete and thorough and includes troubleshooting guide
  • Customer service is responsive and helpful
  • Batteries are long lasting (~5 years)
  • Scale performance is good
  • Comprehensive instructions on how to share data with BIP database
  • Uses a standard replaceable lithium battery



  • An actual visit to hive scale is required to collect data via smartphone.
  • At the moment, only Android phones are supported. Support for iPhones still pending (expected in January 2018).

Instructional Documentation for the SolutionBee Hive Scale

Solution Bee Hive Scale Training Slides 

iOS Installation Guide for the iPad

Android Installation Guide

Quick Installation Leaflet

Available for purchase from Brushy Mountain Bee Supply.

Solution Bee Software Tutorial Video: