Difficulties can arise when choosing a weather station, even when you have spent hours online to read this reviews, comparisons, and recommendations. Which weather station should I buy? Which of the weather stations is the best? Which weather station is the ideal one for me? What factor should I consider before making a purchase?
If you invest time to go through various forums you will discover that by necessity, most people’s recommendations and reviews are of the weather stations they owned, so it is very tough to get the view of someone that has an idea of all the major brands. We have been in the business of servicing and selling weather stations and weather instrument manufactured by major brands since 2004, so let us cut to the chase and offer you the rare knowledge, as there is no doubt about how simple it is.
Desktop Weather Stations
Firstly, let us address temperature stations which are popularly referred to as Desktop Stations. They are very basic stations designed for basic use and if they have any outdoor sensor, it is most definitely a humidity and temperature sensor. The regular weather variables that are measured include barometric pressure, humidity, and temperature. Most of these units have clocks with alarm features and some have short-range forecast ability. Fir most especially desktop stations, one brand is as great as another brand so it is important that you make your choice depending on how you find the unit appealing and if you are interested in a unit with outdoor humidity/temperature and the display for the barometric pressure, because some units show the forecast and not the actual pressure. You will find a wide variety of desktop stations selection here.
The other part of this article refers to complete weather stations. These are units that have a full array of outdoor sensors, among which include rain and wind sensors.
Complete Wireless Weather Stations
At a commercial/consumer level, there are two kinds of stations, there us the higher spec weather stations and there are the mid-market weather stations. The mid-market weather station brands include:
- La Crosse
- Aercus Instruments
- Oregon Scientific
With respect to mid-market weather station brands, it is best you know that they have similar degrees of accuracy, for instance, +/-5%RH for humidity and +/-1C for temperature. We also discovered that they are equally robust and faults that are not different across the different brands. One of the most common faults is the loss of communication between the outdoor transmitter and the indoor console. In some cases, it is seen to be setup related (consult out articles Weather station troubleshooting guide for some preventive maintenance tips and wireless weather station setup). Nonetheless, if you will be getting an out-of-the-way fault with mid-market weather stations, there is a chance that it is outside the transmitter. The unit is, fortunately, a plug and play and as long as you purchase it from a reputable dealer, you can have a replacement part sent out to you swiftly without having to return the unit.
Davis is the main higher spec that is economically priced. There is no doubt that there are other high spec brands but you end up moving into Industrial/commercial territory which has its reflection on the price and not on additional functionality, robust or accuracy for a regular user.