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I love my Davis Vantage Vue. Had it for 5 years with zero problems.
100% agree with this.
I will say if you do want to go cheaper than davis getting another acurite isn't a bad option. If you are a total nerd like me and want the data all the time the ability of the acurite data to display your current conditions on your phone is pretty solid. I prefer the davis though since it seems more accurate wrt to rainfall and there are much better data logging options.
 

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I'll add another vote for the Acurite 5in1. Mine has been operating for more than two years now. I have the console plugged into a Raspberry Pi 2 running WeeWX software to upload the data to several websites(WU, PWS, CWOP), as well as a personal one. I would like to upgrade one day to some Davis equipment, but $$$. According to the automated analysis on CWOP, my station is consistent and relatively accurate.
 

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100% agree with this.
I will say if you do want to go cheaper than davis getting another acurite isn't a bad option. If you are a total nerd like me and want the data all the time the ability of the acurite data to display your current conditions on your phone is pretty solid. I prefer the davis though since it seems more accurate wrt to rainfall and there are much better data logging options.
Is one Acurite better than the other that you know of? And do you know anything about the Ambient 5-1 weather station? I have to watch the budget here so Davis is definitely out and I have concerns about the temp sensor on the acurite.... if I'm going to pay 125+ for a new weather station I want to make sure I'm happy with it, hate decisions like this lol
 

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Is one Acurite better than the other that you know of? And do you know anything about the Ambient 5-1 weather station? I have to watch the budget here so Davis is definitely out and I have concerns about the temp sensor on the acurite.... if I'm going to pay 125+ for a new weather station I want to make sure I'm happy with it, hate decisions like this lol
I think you'll have a warranty. if it just plain sucks get your money back. If it dies outside warranty, its not extremely hard to learn to solder (or get a friend to) if needed and replace it with something better. I would be more worried about the true guts outside the sensors.
 

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Is one Acurite better than the other that you know of? And do you know anything about the Ambient 5-1 weather station? I have to watch the budget here so Davis is definitely out and I have concerns about the temp sensor on the acurite.... if I'm going to pay 125+ for a new weather station I want to make sure I'm happy with it, hate decisions like this lol
The ambient was good for about a year then it started reading too low on the TD and too high on rainfall. The temp sensor on the accurite is fine and most of their models have fans now. I would honestly stand behind any acurite weather station over ambient.
 

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The ambient was good for about a year then it started reading too low on the TD and too high on rainfall. The temp sensor on the accurite is fine and most of their models have fans now. I would honestly stand behind any acurite weather station over ambient.
Thanks... acurite looks great has great reviews and honestly it's not that much more than the ambient. Time to hit the buy button

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Specifically, I have the 1035 Acurite 5in1. You can check out the CWOP summary for my site, which includes analysis of the data, at http://weather.gladstonefamily.net/site/E8041. For example, when compared with nearby stations, my station shows an average temperature error of -0.1 deg F and an error standard deviation of 1.7 deg F.

ETA: Looking at longer term (52wk) analysis, the temperature error is a bit higher, but is better than many surrounding stations (which include some more expensive equipment), according to their analysis.
 

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Davis is generally considered the best other than the real high end stuff. I had a Davis Vantage Vue for about 8 years (still have it!) but currently running a Davis VP2+. Love my Davis equipment and wouldn't get anything else.
 

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Acurite makes some that report temp/humidity and wind, but no rain for about $80. For $130 you can get their current 5-in-1 and also a lightning sensor.

Acurite 3-in-1
Acurite 5-in-1
If I had it to do all over again I'd spend the extra money for a Davis, I bought the AcuRite 5 in 1 and I've had nothing but issues. The biggest issue is it eats batteries like I eat candy corn and trust me I'm a candy corn addict.

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I'm sorry you've had a bad experience. I've considered a Davis but the cost differential is significant and I've been pretty satisfied with my Acurite over the past 3 years. Only one or two battery changes a year.
 

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For my Davis Vue, I think I replaced the battery twice in 8 years. So far with the VP2+ which I installed April 2016, no battery changes for that either.
I'm going to send my Vue back to Davis for a refurbish and use it as a portable weather station. :) It was good advertising for Davis... this video of it got 15k views. :)
 

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Not sure if I've got a sensor issue or what but I've had it about 10 months, replaced batteries 3x. I've reached out to Accurite with no success
I'm sorry you've had a bad experience. I've considered a Davis but the cost differential is significant and I've been pretty satisfied with my Acurite over the past 3 years. Only one or two battery changes a year.
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I just bought one of these... they look pretty innovative and reports coming in have been very good. This could be the future of weather stations and I'm pretty excited to get mine and try it out... should arrive early next week. The technology behind the wind and rain measurements is pretty cool and the self-calibration using local trusted stations is pretty unique as well. Thoughts?
http://weatherflow.com/smart-home-weather-stations/



I had considered a Davis VP but I didn't like the dated look of the console or issues they have with the capacitor going bad with time which seems to be pretty common. Also to access this from my phone or tablet I'd have to set up additional services through something like WeatherLink and pay extra which was another turnoff.
 

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I just bought one of these... they look pretty innovative and reports coming in have been very good. This could be the future of weather stations and I'm pretty excited to get mine and try it out... should arrive early next week. The technology behind the wind and rain measurements is pretty cool and the self-calibration using local trusted stations is pretty unique as well. Thoughts?
http://weatherflow.com/smart-home-weather-stations/



I had considered a Davis VP but I didn't like the dated look of the console or issues they have with the capacitor going bad with time which seems to be pretty common. Also to access this from my phone or tablet I'd have to set up additional services through something like WeatherLink and pay extra which was another turnoff.
Dang that is sweet. I might just get one. I have one the acurite station for our place in Tennessee. But after seeing that I want one. Please update us on how you like it. Thanks for sharing.
 
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Dang that is sweet. I might just get one. I have one the acurite station for our place in Tennessee. But after seeing that I want one. Please update us on how you like it. Thanks for sharing.
Will do, it’s scheduled to arrive Tuesday so I’ll get it all set up then! I did a ton of research on all the various options out there and kept coming back to it. My second choice would have been the Ambient Weather WS-2902A which has some awesome features too but is more traditional.
 
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Well my weather station arrived, got it setup but need to get a better pole to mount my wind sensor on as the temporary one I have is made of PVC and will flex a good bit when it gets windy. Going to get a metal pole today and mount that on and then the setup will be done. For the time being I absolutely LOVE how sensitive the wind sensor is. Because it has no moving parts it's able to pick up very light winds that normally probably wouldn't spin a traditional cup anemometer because of friction and the weight of it. There were times it was picking up a .6mph breeze last night that I couldn't even detect. Here's a link below to my station. I'll get to see how it does with rain data this weekend when our big storm moves through, so far the temp appears spot on. My low was 42.6F and the nearest NWS station showed 43F so it appears spot on.
https://smartweather.weatherflow.com/map/5854/35.357/-77.3788/8
 

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That's pretty cool. Have you considered sending your data to the Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP)? You can then sign up for automated comparison and analysis with nearby stations.
 

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Well my weather station arrived, got it setup but need to get a better pole to mount my wind sensor on as the temporary one I have is made of PVC and will flex a good bit when it gets windy. Going to get a metal pole today and mount that on and then the setup will be done. For the time being I absolutely LOVE how sensitive the wind sensor is. Because it has no moving parts it's able to pick up very light winds that normally probably wouldn't spin a traditional cup anemometer because of friction and the weight of it. There were times it was picking up a .6mph breeze last night that I couldn't even detect. Here's a link below to my station. I'll get to see how it does with rain data this weekend when our big storm moves through, so far the temp appears spot on. My low was 42.6F and the nearest NWS station showed 43F so it appears spot on.
https://smartweather.weatherflow.com/map/5854/35.357/-77.3788/8
Well I am sold!!!! That’s so cool. I will be getting one ASAP!! As soon as I get approval from the boss (DA WIFE) I will be getting one. On serious note she said it could be my Christmas. Which would totally neat from what I have seen.
 
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That's pretty cool. Have you considered sending your data to the Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP)? You can then sign up for automated comparison and analysis with nearby stations.
Hmmm I haven’t looked into that, how does it work? I know the station has the ability to link up to weather underground and I’m probably going to do that soon.
 
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Well I am sold!!!! That’s so cool. I will be getting one ASAP!! As soon as I get approval from the boss (DA WIFE) I will be getting one. On serious note she said it could be my Christmas. Which would totally neat from what I have seen.
Awesome, mine was my birthday and Christmas present to myself and I drove my wife crazy looking at weather stations so she said go ahead and buy one ASAP lol. Their support is great too, they have a community forum where people can post if they have any issues or suggestions and they work to implement them. Supposedly they’re planning some other nice things to add on like a solar panel, radiation shield, etc.

Here’s a chart I grabbed of the wind overnight.
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And here is the temperature/dewpoint chart.
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Here’s the dashboard on the app.
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Hmmm I haven’t looked into that, how does it work? I know the station has the ability to link up to weather underground and I’m probably going to do that soon.
I you are interested, go here. Your station software must support being able to send weather data to destinations of your choosing. I use WeeWX running on a Raspberry Pi and send my data to CWOP, WU, and another site.
 
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