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Stay with AcuRite or go with something else?

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whjoyjr:
Sorry 1st topic is a complaint thread of sorts.

I have an AcuRite 5-in-1 system that has stopped responding (Purchased in June 2016).  Symptoms were increasingly rapid battery discharge.  I purchased the replacement bridge after AcuRite terminated support for their legacy bridge (still bitter about that).  The sensor fails to recover after battery replacement now.

So I am trying to decide if I will keep with AcuRite and order the most recent sensor (Atlas) or ditch it and get a Davis / Ambient / Tempest.

Location: Delmarva Maryland

Requirements / Desires:


* Tempature
* Humidity
* Pressure
* Wind Speed / Direction
* Rainfall
* Inside Display
* Lightning Detection
* UV
* Reporting to WU
* App access for off-site access
* Budget ~ $300US
* HomeKit integration is a plus
* All-in-One sensor pod (AcuRite solution elevating Wind Speed sensor is ok)
No dedicated display elements the Tempest (unless I dedicate a Tablet as an always on display).  For WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) she desires a free-standing display she can look at and not have to rely on her laptop / tablet / smartphone to see what the local conditions are.  I also prefer that.  The Davis 6250 Vantage Due display is not acceptable.

I guess I should be happy for 4.5 years from my AcuRite given some of the comments I have read on Amazon and taking a quick scan of WXForum.

I have been reading the forum, but did not see an existing thread that covers all of my variables.

Thanks for the help!

doubleohwhatever:
With your requirements and budget, something from Fine Offset (Ambient, Ecowitt, etc) is going to be your best bet.

Jim_S:

--- Quote from: whjoyjr on July 06, 2021, 04:04:22 PM ---Sorry 1st topic is a complaint thread of sorts.

I have an AcuRite 5-in-1 system that has stopped responding (Purchased in June 2016).  Symptoms were increasingly rapid battery discharge.  I purchased the replacement bridge after AcuRite terminated support for their legacy bridge (still bitter about that).  The sensor fails to recover after battery replacement now.

So I am trying to decide if I will keep with AcuRite and order the most recent sensor (Atlas) or ditch it and get a Davis / Ambient / Tempest.


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I can relate. I have a 5 in 1 that I put in service in January of 2016 but so far it's still working fine. I bought mine at Costco ($60 on sale at Christmas) a year later they ran the same sale so I bought another one. I wanted a second display and the Costco deal was $10 cheaper than a display alone from Acurite.

Like you I'm still bitter about having to replace my bridge with the new access. I wonder how much business they lost because of that?

All that said I've been reasonably happy with the 5in1. I have a spare 5in1 unit so hopefully I have a few more years. I've also added a bunch of other sensors around the house to monitor temperatures and water in the basement.

Anyway here are my thoughts on your situation.
I'm not a big fan of the Atlas so I wouldn't consider it. One reason is I have 2 5in1 displays that would be orphaned. 
I like the Ambient (or some other clone) so I would definitely consider that.
I would also consider replacing the 5in1 with another one. The bonus is you'll get a second compatible display.

I'll be curious what others have to say. I know Davis has a lot of fans but I'm not found of their displays. Like you my wife likes the local display.

CSB:
Save you $$$$ until you can get a Davis.

Dennis Rogers:
Have had a vantage vue, still do, took it down in favor or a more modern station. Hate Davis, they maybe the most reliable and long lasting, but at a price, stuck in the 1980's, little progression and paying big money for old techologu. Thr Consoles are Patric these days.

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