Davis Instruments of Hayward, California, specializes in all things outdoors, from boating to farming to monitoring fleets of trucks. The one thing that all these forms of outdoor activity have in common is weather and that's why meteorological instrumentation is one of Davis's primary areas of interest. If you're looking for instruments that help you track and predict the weather, Davis probably has you covered.
The Davis Instruments 6250 Vantage Vue Wireless Weather Station is, as personal weather stations go, fairly high end. Physically, the sensor unit resembles the outboard motor on a small boat. However, the device underneath that looks like a propeller is actually a weather vane, telling the unit what direction the wind is blowing. And the part that would correspond to the tiller on an outboard motor is an anemometer -- a wind-speed gauge that can handle hurricane-force winds up to 180 mph. The round bin on top of the "motor" is a rain collector and the panel on the front is a solar panel that supplies power to the unit during the day. (At night, if needed, the 6250 can fall back on lithium ion batteries.)
The impressive-looking Vantage Vue Console can sit up to 1,000 feet away from the sensor unit and receive real-time data from it. The LCD display shows an almost overwhelming amount of information, including temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, rainfall amount and wind speed. It also shows daily high and low temperatures, as well as changes in temperature and air pressure. The console records weather data over long periods and will graph changes in various weather variables over user-definable intervals.
If knowing weather information is important to your livelihood, the data from the 6250 Vantage Vue could be vital. On the other hand, if you just need temperature, humidity and barometric pressure, look at something lower end, like the La Crosse Technology 308-146 or the AcuRite 00509.
My Davis 6250 is excellent! It was straight forward to set up and it has been providing me with weather readings that have been invaluable. I love it!
Am very disappointed! I was led to believe that the Davis weather station was top of the line. I had to have the console replaced at less than a year under warranty.
While the Davis is more expensive than the others, it is definitely of better quality. So far I am impressed, it was simple to assemble, install and program.
Not satisfied! Had mine since February and the console and ISS are not communicating anymore. Most probably the SIM board is faulty.
I absolutely love this weather station--especially the wireless feature. I replaced wired system with this one and there are no regrets.
So far, it rocks! I also have a Davis Vantage Pro2 in Portugal and Vantage Vue in USA, both are very good!
Works great! Installation was easy. Adding a software package now.
Very pleased with this purchase. It appears to be better at measuring the temperature as I believe the thermometer has a radiation shield. Setup was easy and straight forward.
Excellent product! My Davis Station has survived 5 Hurricanes without any damage. The Davis products are very well made and stand up well to the elements.