Rainwise Weather Stations - Among the Best for Accuracy and Reliability
But how well do Rainwise Weather Stations compare to their competition?
Let's first see who they are competing with.
Modern weather stations fall into one of three groups
Inexpensive models designed for the home use, including manymodels from Oregon Scientific and La Crosse Technology.
Slightly more expensive models, with greater reliability and somecapacity for use in small scale agricultural and industrialsituations. Here Davis Instruments is a real stand out.
More robust instruments at the top end of the market. They eitheroffer greater strength, range and durability in a commercial oremergency setting, such as WeatherHawk and Capricorn, or have an attractive, more traditional appearance, like the Maximumrange.
Rainwise is a highly regarded manufacturer of wireless weather stations which fits into the third group.
Its latest model is the
Rainwise can also
build weather stations for specific agricultural and industrial
uses, and also specializes in Hazmat monitoring systems, which
can include radiation recorders.
It is much stronger than most weather stations, being designed
to handle greater extremes of cold or exposure to salt in coastal
locations. This is reflected in the two year guarantee by
Rainwise Weather Stations for the sensors, and a five year
guarantee for the solar panel, about the best around.
Rainwise weather stations are specifically designed for roof
mounting, but include the option of cable or radio connection to
a more conveniently located rain gauge. The occasional cleaning
needed to overcome the attention of birds and the odd stray
leaf is therefore much easier.
A mounting tripod is also available for $49.00.
(As usual, all prices are the manufacturers recommended maximum
retail*. Discounts of around 20% may be available by checking
retail outlets, particularly those on the net, and eBay is always
worth checking for new and used models)
The range of recordings, their accuracy and update interval of
Rainwise Weather Stations are among the best available,
with the exception of wind direction which is only shown within
a 22.5 degree sector - equivalent to a description of NNE, ESE
etc. Otherwise, like the Davis Vantage Pro2 range, the standards
meet the NIST (National Institute of Standards Testing)
Transmission range from sensors to receiver is stated as at
least 433 feet (132m) , tested at the factory through two
walls, which should be fine for most locations.
There is no doubt that Rainwise Weather Stations have a good
record for reliability and service, and to some extent that
is reflected in the price - $925.00 for the sensor and
I guess when a manufacturer presents a number of options it
may be difficult to advertise a price which includes a fully
working model. Nevertheless it is annoying that the Rainwise
base price does not include either a display unit or a
computer connectiion. So add $295.00 for a computer
interface (including software and data logger), or
$260.00 for a standard Oracle display, or $395.00 for the
multi display unit. The latter includes a few extra features
including inside temperature and appears to be the better buy.
So it becomes a little difficult to work out pricing, and because
retailer discounts are not spectacular for the MkIII Rainwise
Weather Station it will be worth doing a little careful research,
but you could start with
where you can get around 20% off.
On the good news side, the Rainwise MK III is capable of
serving multiple displays, or displays and a computer
interface, which makes it ideal for offices, schools or
So overall the Rainwise MK III Weather Station is a very
strong, accurate and reliable unit, particularly in
more extreme environments, and is certainly up there
with other quality products such as the Davis Vantage
Pro2. You may need to compare the specifications between
them to decide on which serves your needs best, but for
value, display and range of accessories, which extend its
usefulness in many situations, the
Davis Vantage Pro2
weather stations may be the better choice in most home
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*Product links and pricing. The products I mention are, in my opinion, the best of the range in each category.But this doesn't mean they are just what you are lookingfor, and it is always worth following the link to the manufacturer's page.
But don't buy from there - in almost all cases muchbetter prices are available from both shopfront and internetbased retailers. At all times eBay and Amazon are worthchecking out, and you will notice many of the links go toAmazon. Amazon has built a very sound reputation for customerservice, given the huge amount of business that passes throughtheir website, and many products are accompanied by cleardescriptions, alternatives, and reviews from customers. Thesecan be very helpful, and I shop at Amazon myself.
But prices can change very quickly there, so if you have madeup your mind on a product and you see a good price there, grab it before it goes.
Where possible, I provide links to other retailers where their prices are competitive. Some may be better than they seem ifthe prices include delivery and, where needed, batteries - check the terms they offer.
Finally, I stand to make small commissions on some of the productsI recommend. A lot of work goes into building and maintaining asite like this, and I am not ashamed if I recoup some of the costs,and even make a little money on top.
That being said, I will and do recommend sellers where I will notmake anything for myself. One of these is Ambient Weather, a useful retail site with good supporting information. But if you visit there, don't forget to come back!