davis instruments 6250 review

Davis Instruments 6250 Vantage VueWireless Weather Station Review

The Davis instruments 6250 Vantage Vue wireless weather station isn’t any run-of-the-mill device.

Its distinct features DISTINGUISH itself from other competitors.

This wireless all-in-one weather station has a transmission distance of 1000 feet, which is 3 times more than its competitors.

Its sensor array measures weather conditions such as humidity, wind direction, wind speed, barometric pressure, rainfall, the temperature of both indoor and outdoor, and dew point.

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A durable cover is employed to protect the sensor array from sunlight to ensure accuracy.

An AMAZING forecast system has been installed in the display console to warn you about the changes in weather conditions.

Sonar panel keeps the weather sensor running during the day, while at night power is supplied by the on board super capacitor.

Read on to find its other cool features.

Pros

  • Provides accurate data
  • Sensors send quick updates to the console compared to its competitors
  • The outdoor sensor array is well-built
  • Shows weather forecasts accurately
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    Easy to install

Cons

  • It needs to improve its internet connectivity   

Key Features It Partakes:

Build Quality and Design

The wireless weather station has been sturdily built and the simple design makes it look elegant.

Perhaps, you have noticed that some part of the device is black.

No, it’s not about giving the appliance a unique look.

When the weather gets cold, it can often lead moving parts of the station to ice up. As a result, it becomes unable to measure wind speed and direction.

Well, using black parts helps the weather station to defrost faster.

Although it’s not a big deal, but isn’t it amazing how they take note of the tiniest of details?

Its durable cover for its sensors makes all the difference. The temperature sensor remains under the protection of radiation shielding.

It prevents direct sunlight from causing temperature sensor to read too high—which other devices often struggle with.

The rain gauge, which uses the tipping mechanism to measure rainfall, also shows considerably high accuracy.

Display

The LCD display console is abundant with amazing features. Here is a list of some of the major ones:

  • Measurements of rainfall
  • Measurements of humidity and temperature
  • Measurements of wind direction and speed
  • A clock featuring time, date, and sunrise and sunset time
  • Up to 22 alarms to warn you about severe weather including thunderstorms, floods, and snowfall
  • A user-friendly keypad which glows in the dark so that you can use it during both night and daytime.
  • Shows barometric pressure, whether it’s rising, falling or steady
  • All the phases of the moon
  • Provides in-depth information on each weather element—highs and lows of the day, hourly changes in temperature, and even meteor showers.
  • A graph to compare with the weather of the previous day
  • Forecast icons to let you know whether to expect continuous rain or a day full of sunshine

Installation

The 6250 Vantage Vue is incredibly easy to install.

The unit includes a mounting kit which requires you to mount it onto a 1” to 2” pole.

And that’s it.

However, as it’s a one-in-all station, you won’t be able to mount the anemometer and the temperature sensors at the recommended height.

The display console will need to be installed too.

Don’t worry. It isn’t difficult either.

You have the option to set up the display console on your wall or tabletop.

Just follow the instructions provided in the manual and you’ll be OK.

Maintenance

It is recommended that the entire unit is cleaned at least once a year.

Especially, keep in mind to check regularly whether there’s a blockage in the rain gauge trap. Otherwise, it could send false readings to your console.

Sensors

It comes with five different sensors. Let’s take a look at them:

Temperature

Its temperature sensor is protected by a passive radiation shield. Hence, it doesn’t get affected by the direct sunlight and sends accurate data to the console.

Updates are sent to the console every 10 seconds.

Wind Speed and Direction

The spinning cups of the anemometer are STRONG and well-built. Unlike cheap weather sensors, they don’t deteriorate rapidly.

Wind speed up to 180 MPH can be measured by the sensor.

It also provides precise wind direction with a 1-degree margin of error.

Rainfall

Its rain gauge is of a perfect size to capture precipitation.

Humidity

It has a reporting range of 1-100 with 3% accuracy. That’s much higher than its competitors.

It sends an update to the console every 50 seconds.

Accuracy

It’s a precision device and so it’s normal to expect high performance from it.

And it delivers.You will have no cause to complain about its accuracy.

Internet Connectivity

One area where this could improve is its internet connectivity.

To gain access to weather report via the internet, you’ll have to buy an extra device.

In this case, you can buy either of these two:

Weather Link USB, which directly connects the display console to your desktop.

Or, you could purchase a Weather Link IP to connect to your router, which will automatically post weather data to the internet.

Both of them have their own app, which, by the way, has a primitive design.

They really need to try harder to bring this up-to-date.

Unfortunately, both of them are a little bit expensive. So, it’s up to you to decide whether to buy or do without.

Some Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can weather data be sent to the weather underground with this unit?

Ans: Yes, you can. But you will need the Weather Link USB software.

2. What is the highest recordable wind speed?

Ans: 2 to 180 MPH.

Conclusion

The Davis instruments 6250 Vantage Vue is certainly one of the most RELIABLE weather stations on the market.

If accuracy is your prime concern, then this is could be the ideal choice for you.

However, with the purchase of additional devices for internet connectivity, the expense could rise slightly. So be advised and mindful of that coming.

Nonetheless, with its various useful features, the weather station is surely worth the cost.

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