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Offline ctccbc

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New Acurite Solar Power Pack for Atlas/Iris
« on: June 25, 2024, 08:48:14 PM »
I purchased one of these solar power pack for my Atlas and so far it works great.
https://www.acurite.com/shop-all/weather-instruments/weather-sensors-and-parts/sensors/solar-power-pack-for-acurite-irisr-and-acurite-atlasr-weather-stations.html

Has anyone else tried it?

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Re: New Acurite Solar Power Pack for Atlas/Iris
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2024, 08:09:54 PM »
How good would it work in cloudy conditions or in the winter. here in Michigan our winters we hardly see the sun.
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Re: New Acurite Solar Power Pack for Atlas/Iris
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2024, 09:37:24 AM »
I thought the Atlas already had solar panels to power the unit during the day? I did find that in order for it to not drain the batteries every 5 months that I had to site it in direct sunshine all day. If you can't site the sensor in the sun, then the solar panel might help, if you can place it far enough away from the Atlas to be in the sun.

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Re: New Acurite Solar Power Pack for Atlas/Iris
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2024, 09:45:35 AM »
I got one for my Atlas and have had it connected for about 2 weeks with it working flawlessly. They say to not use the battery adapter for the Atlas. That is only meant for the Iris. I am glad I read that, because I thought I had to use it. I received it with 50% charge and they said it does not take much sun to charge the rechargeable lithium battery. They are right and it did not take much to recharge it. I can't imagine the rechargeable lithium depletes quickly either. It just needs some uv rays to charge. Below is my setup with my Atlas and Iris. Solar panel only connects to my Atlas. [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]

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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2024, 09:04:53 AM »
Mirwin, very nice setup. The Atlas goes through batteries for me every 6 months, and the Iris can go like a year and 6 months, so installing this on an Atlas make so much sense. I have 3 stations going myself, one of which is a Tycon Power version of the Ambient weather all in one osprey. I have never changes batteries in it, and I've had it for 2 years. I don't think the anemometer is spinning right at high speeds on the Atlas for me. The osprey reads higher, as well as the Iris. I like to use meteobridge to connect the stations, and Atlas does not work there. Seems to be pros and cons to each of these stations, with the thermometer in the osprey being too high at night, and slow to rise in the day.

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Re: New Acurite Solar Power Pack for Atlas/Iris
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2024, 09:50:23 PM »
Nice to know that's available, but I find my IRIS batteries (Duracell) last just around 2 years so that good enough me.
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Re: New Acurite Solar Power Pack for Atlas/Iris
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2024, 04:14:26 PM »
UPDATE: now that we have gotten into some very hot early July days, I've had my temperature readings spike at times, as it did when the aspirating fan was not working. I'm wondering if this Solar Panel does not produce enough power to turn the fan??? I unplugged the panel and put batteries back in the Atlas, and it returned to a correct temperature.

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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2024, 05:08:04 PM »
UPDATE: now that we have gotten into some very hot early July days, I've had my temperature readings spike at times, as it did when the aspirating fan was not working. I'm wondering if this Solar Panel does not produce enough power to turn the fan??? I unplugged the panel and put batteries back in the Atlas, and it returned to a correct temperature.
I am not positive, but I don't think this new solar panel would control the fan. It should be controlled by the 3 solar panels on the rain gauge. You might pop off the bottom screen of the radiation screen to check it when the new panel is attached, vs batteries to be sure everything is normal while using the new panel. You will also need to use the tabs and pull down the temperature sensor section.
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Re: New Acurite Solar Power Pack for Atlas/Iris
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2024, 06:40:48 PM »
UPDATE: now that we have gotten into some very hot early July days, I've had my temperature readings spike at times, as it did when the aspirating fan was not working. I'm wondering if this Solar Panel does not produce enough power to turn the fan??? I unplugged the panel and put batteries back in the Atlas, and it returned to a correct temperature.

Liked mentioned the batteries do not power the aspirating fan the 3 panels on the unit does, if you have spiked temps check the operation of your fan. 
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Re: New Acurite Solar Power Pack for Atlas/Iris
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2024, 09:46:20 AM »
I just purchased one but haven't been up un the roof to install it yet.  My only complaint so far is the long cord.  I'll have to figure out what to do with all that extra wire.

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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2024, 10:24:38 AM »
Well never mind.  Shortening the cord was a 15 minute job.  Five screws on the bottom case assembly, didn't even remove the charge control board. 



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