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Reviews Categories | Weather Stations | Acurite 00825 Help

Reviews Summary for Acurite 00825
Reviews: 1 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $119.95
Description: Wireless Weather Forecaster
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WD4MTW Rating: 4/5 Jul 21, 2011 20:33 Send this review to a friend
Very Accurate For The Price Class  Time owned: more than 12 months
I must have purchased one of the very first units that Acurite made. When I found this at Home Depot a few years ago, there was only a single mention on the net a few days old asking if anyone ever heard of it. It wasn't even part of their online catalog. That was back in early '09 and for a while, only the home centers appeared to be carrying it. I had been looking to purchase a premium unit for quite a while. Most of the low end wireless stations were getting poor reviews at the time and I had already decided to go with the Davis wired unit. This one was an impulse buy especially at the price then of $78 for a unit that had an anemometer,temperature & humidity sensor and atomic clock. It had most of the features of a then $400+ unit except for the rain gauge and connectivity. If it didn't work, I could always return it for a refund. Setup was easy and surprisingly the remote units appeared to have much more range then most wireless products usually have. Once set up with the sensors appropriately put in place, the station was up an running. All looked good except the humidity and barometer. We've had several inexpensive wired thermometer/barometers on all 4 sides of the house for years and it was way off. The manual mentioned that it had a 14 day self calibration period for the barometer. I noticed after a few days, both of the humidity sensors gradually fell in line and close to our others. The barometer too started reading credibly. Shortly after setup, I found that there were several weather stations in my immediate area on Weatherbug, one only a half block away at a school for direct local comparison. This station read pretty darn close to the average or the others within a 1/4 mile radius. After all of the naysaying for inexpensive stations on the net and the trashing the other unit Chaney Instruments received at the time, I was impressed. Everything was fine for nearly 2 years until a few months ago when the atomic clock stared to read ahead by several hours after resetting. Customer support mentioned the receiver is actually in the external humidity/barometer sensor. Even though the rest read ok, they sent me a new one free of charge almost 2 years later. That solved the problem. Recently I had to change the batteries in the anemometer. We had a rainstorm the following week and it stopped working. Apparently it developed a leak after 2 years. New one was $6 plus shipping. It seems that after a few years, the UV light degrades the plastic on the sensor and it becomes very brittle and cracks developed simply by opening it. Not what I'd expect for something designed to be placed in direct sunlight with UV resistant plastic formulations available. With both sensors replaced, I'm hoping to get another two years at least from this station. There's been several advances and price drops for more attractive ones recently with connectivity and more features. This one has served very well and is still in the catalog with some very favorable reviews by others for a budget product. The desktop display arrives with a large, clear plastic frame around it that mounts into a desk base. It's easily removed to make a wall mountable 6"x4" display. As a wall unit, it's difficult to get access to the buttons for min/max and history functions since they are mounted in the back. Another thing about this station is it was apparently designed to do more then the current function set. There is a piezo alarm inside as well as several unused button pads that have no documented function. The display on reset shows moon phase and it's also mentioned in their specs, but no such feature is available during operation. For the price, this one was a winner and may still be with online prices around $70 and free shipping. It's very accurate and telephone support is excellent for a mass market product with people that acutally seem to know their product.

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