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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #50 on: February 13, 2016, 07:25:59 PM »
Hello all,

I joined this forum just to get in on this conversation.  I would love to buy one of these, but from the reading I've done, it seems like the battery doesn't work below around 4 degrees.    I'm in Wisconsin and it was -10 when I woke up this morning, and I'd like my weather station to be able to tell me the daily low.

Is this really a limitation of the unit?  Does anyone else have any experience using one in a northern climate?

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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #51 on: February 13, 2016, 08:03:58 PM »
The battery specs are really confusing.  They've been changing since the product was announced in 2014, so you see different numbers in different places.

In July 2014, there was a Kickstarter update that announced an upgraded battery that goes down to -40F.  I think I heard somewhere that the battery "upgrade" made it into the current shipping model, but I can't confirm.

Here's the update from July 2014:

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Optional Battery Upgrade - Withstand Lower Temperature to -40F (-40C)

When we think of putting BloomSky every location on this planet, it includes those places with extreme low temperature during winter. We've gotten many inquires in low temperature outside BloomSkys operating range -13F to 149F (-25C to 65C). We want to make it work for you. We did tons of research in seeking for a high quality and high performance battery for BloomSky. And finally we settled with a premium battery solution: temperature range from -40F to 149F(-40C to 65C)!  Upgraded battery offers a more specialized line of cells that are optimized for low temperature performance at -40F(-40C). This is absolutely incredible!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/907431954/bloomsky-snapshot-of-your-weather/posts/903799

As a practical matter, some have posted stations that are getting down there in temps.  Here's one that is currently at -22F.

https://map.bloomsky.com/weather-stations/eaB1rJytnpS4qpyq

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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #52 on: February 14, 2016, 11:17:01 PM »
Thanks for the helpful reply!  I emailed BloomSky support and they said it only functions down to -4F, but perhaps this was a typo?  I will clarify with support.

You also make a good point about just finding models that are registering low temperatures.

Thanks again!

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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #53 on: February 18, 2016, 08:25:49 PM »
I just heard back from support and they indicated that it is only designed to function down to -4F and that taking it below that could potentially void the warranty.  Now I'm really not sure what to do.  It's strange that support is so firm on the restriction, when everyone else seems to think it's not a big deal.

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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #54 on: February 18, 2016, 08:42:45 PM »
I just heard back from support and they indicated that it is only designed to function down to -4F and that taking it below that could potentially void the warranty.  Now I'm really not sure what to do.  It's strange that support is so firm on the restriction, when everyone else seems to think it's not a big deal.

Check out the other thread about how your Bloomsky is holding up.  Several have reported temps as low as -11.


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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #55 on: February 18, 2016, 08:45:21 PM »
Received an email today saying it will be 4-6 weeks before my unit arrives. Apparently they ran out of inventory due to the free giveaway.
Here's the email.

Dear Dave,
Thank you for contacting BloomSky. Due to the massive success of the Community Outreach Program we have run out of inventory and waiting for out next shipment. We project that this will take 4-6 weeks to get. We ask for your patience as we will ship your order out to you as soon as we get it.

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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #56 on: February 18, 2016, 08:53:01 PM »
Received an email today saying it will be 4-6 weeks before my unit arrives. Apparently they ran out of inventory due to the free giveaway.

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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #57 on: September 15, 2016, 08:05:29 PM »
I just set my bloomsky up today how long will it take for timelapse to work??
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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #58 on: September 15, 2016, 08:25:49 PM »
If there were any images today you will see them tomorrow, as the video is always yesterday's.

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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #59 on: September 15, 2016, 08:32:27 PM »
I just set my bloomsky up today how long will it take for timelapse to work??

Mine usually come in an hour or two after sunset.

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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #60 on: September 15, 2016, 09:21:55 PM »
Pressure doesnt wanna be shown here https://map.bloomsky.com/weather-stations/gqBxp6apnJSnoZuk .. but it does at http://gosportwx.com/wxbloomsky.php also what is causing "" i've searched the coding and couldnt find anything.
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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #61 on: September 16, 2016, 12:22:05 AM »
Pressure doesnt wanna be shown here https://map.bloomsky.com/weather-stations/gqBxp6apnJSnoZuk .. but it does at http://gosportwx.com/wxbloomsky.php also what is causing "" i've searched the coding and couldnt find anything.

Looks like end of day did get generate a time-lapse now.

Do you see the pressure and other variable show up on the Dashboard http://dashboard.bloomsky.com .
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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #62 on: September 16, 2016, 03:41:50 AM »
Yep it's on dashboard
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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #63 on: September 16, 2016, 04:01:38 PM »
Yep it's on dashboard

Yes and the pressure is now showing up too.   Looks like it takes a day to sync up with everything.

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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #64 on: September 16, 2016, 04:11:16 PM »
My next question is how can i keep dew off of it? It's a pain in the butt. lol
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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #65 on: September 16, 2016, 04:22:12 PM »

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Cool for now i have it staked in the ground.. im surrounded by stupid trees so its hard to find a good spot.. I was gonna try the roof but the clamp they sent me with it is too dang hard to put a screw and screwdriver to it while holding it at the same time.. >__>

Glad its working.  I've moved mine around until I found the right spot and will probably move it again once the season changes for a different view.
I currently have a pipe around 4 feet high pounded into the grass and the BS stake is just inserted into the top of it.  Actually works well.

So the BloomSky is very flexible on where you can put it.
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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #66 on: September 16, 2016, 04:30:46 PM »

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Cool for now i have it staked in the ground.. im surrounded by stupid trees so its hard to find a good spot.. I was gonna try the roof but the clamp they sent me with it is too dang hard to put a screw and screwdriver to it while holding it at the same time.. >__>

Glad its working.  I've moved mine around until I found the right spot and will probably move it again once the season changes for a different view.
I currently have a pipe around 4 feet high pounded into the grass and the BS stake is just inserted into the top of it.  Actually works well.

So the BloomSky is very flexible on where you can put it.

cool could i see this pipe? jw
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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #67 on: September 16, 2016, 04:43:25 PM »

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Cool for now i have it staked in the ground.. im surrounded by stupid trees so its hard to find a good spot.. I was gonna try the roof but the clamp they sent me with it is too dang hard to put a screw and screwdriver to it while holding it at the same time.. >__>

Glad its working.  I've moved mine around until I found the right spot and will probably move it again once the season changes for a different view.
I currently have a pipe around 4 feet high pounded into the grass and the BS stake is just inserted into the top of it.  Actually works well.

So the BloomSky is very flexible on where you can put it.

cool could i see this pipe? jw

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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #68 on: September 16, 2016, 04:50:08 PM »
nah that's cool but the thing for me is im surrounded by some trees and it might be hard for me to find a good spot so far it has been just with the stake.
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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #69 on: September 17, 2016, 01:15:36 PM »
Finally got the position I've been looking for...



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I'm not sure why the cam mount is upside down.
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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #70 on: September 17, 2016, 04:33:52 PM »
That location on the roof ought to make for some accurate temperature readings :)

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Re: New BloomSky
« Reply #71 on: September 17, 2016, 06:24:51 PM »
That location on the roof ought to make for some accurate temperature readings :)

It's not too bad just 4 degrees over from what my other weather station says. Plus I mainly just want it for the cam :P plus the mounting instructions it came with said above the roof was best.
« Last Edit: September 17, 2016, 06:37:27 PM by mkutche »
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