Acurite produce so many weather stations it can get confusing.
Luckily it’s simpler than it first seems.
Some are single sensor models that only measure outside temperature. These typically sell for under $100.
These single sensor weather stations suffer from two big problems.
The first is that the sensors sit inside a small passive radiation shield. These shields are designed to allow air to flow around the sensor and keep it cool. However, the shields are far too small and just elevate the temperature around the sensor causing it to report too high.
The second problem is that they are designed to sit on the floor. As a result heat from the ground radiates up into the device causing the device to again report the temperatures too high.
So you are unable to accurately monitor the outside temperature using these devices.
A much better solution is an all in one weather station that is designed to sit off the ground to allow more accurate reporting. These weather stations also report additional weather measurements such as rainfall and humidity as well as wind direction and speed.
Acurite produce a huge amount of these all in one weather stations in the $100-$200 range.
They are all based on 2 different outdoor arrays, the pro and pro +.
Pro Array vs Pro+ Array
Unlike other weather station manufacturers in this price range that use a passive system, Acurite use an active system throughout their weather station range.
The Active system uses a fan powered by the sun to cool the sensor in the outdoor array to ensure the sensor stays cool and correctly reads outdoor temperature.
This is a better idea than passive systems as long as the fan can be powered sufficiently to allow it to keep the sensor cool enough.
Originally all Acurite weather stations were produced with the pro outdoor array.
The pro features a single solar panel. The problem with a single panel is the fan doesn’t run frequently enough to keep the sensor cool. As a result when faced with prolonged periods of direct sunlight, the outdoor temperature recorded was too high.
Acurite realized this and released a new outdoor array that had 2 solar panels
The pro +
Pro + sensor with TWO solar panels
The additional solar panel is the only change to the original, all the sensor specifications are exactly the same.
The addition of the second solar panel creates enough solar power to allow the fan to spin for longer when needed.
This means the temperature sensor is sufficiently cooled and outdoor temperatures are much more accurate with the newer pro +.
Shame they didn’t get it right with the first one! But at least they took action.
Let’s have a closer look at the Pro + array.
- The Pro + is a 5 in 1 weather sensor that measures the same as similarly priced stations.
- Outdoor Temperature
- Wind Speed
- Wind Direction.
It’s great to have loads of features but if it doesn’t last it can be a false economy buying too cheap.
The plastic array is cheap compared to the more rugged higher priced models. Compromises have clearly been made at a station of this price.
The quality is average at best for the price. Expect the array to only last a year or two before some parts need replacing.
It’s adequate for those living in average climates, but if you experience more extreme weather variations, we would consider a more robust system.
The advantage of all in one weather stations is that installation is pretty straight forward.
The mounting bracket is designed to screw onto a wooden post or surface (2” x 4” or larger)
It can also be mounted directly onto a ¾” pipe.
It’s very easy to install, but as with all stations, its best to take the device to the area you wish to install it and then connect it to the indoor console first before screwing anything down to make sure it all connects correctly.
The maximum recommended distance we would go is 100 feet as this device broadcasts using the 433 MHZ frequency which we are not big fans of as it can be susceptible to interference from other devices.
Calibrating the rain gauge is a bit of a pain as you have to drip water through a hole in a plastic cup for around 20 minutes.
However, you only have to do it once!
The whole reason to buy a weather station is to produce an accurate measurement. If the sensor accuracy is poor then you may as well just look up the weather on the internet.
The Pro + allows the fan enough power to ensure a stable environment to accurately measure the outdoor temperature.
The temperature sensor has a range of ±2 so a real temperature of 20F would show as between 18F and 22F.
This is in line with other stations in this range.
For an increase in accuracy, the Vantage Vue is a better solution.
The station will under report wind speed by around 30%. This is due to the fact that as an all in one system, it will be sited 5 or 6 feet above ground rather than the recommended 33 feet.
The only way to overcome this is to purchase a system that has separate sensors that can be sited away from each other.
Unfortunately, while this increases the accuracy of the system, it also increases the price!
However, as long as siting recommendations are followed it is possible to get fairly accurate readings providing the sensor specifications are good.
The wind sensor is accurate to ±10% which is consistent with similarly priced weather stations.
Wind speed is updated every 18 seconds with an average taken over this time. This is a big improvement over Ambient Weather’s 0900-IP at 48 seconds.
In addition to this, a sample is taken over each 4 second period to measure the maximum speed during the 4 seconds.
It does this in order to measure wind gusts.
The WMO defines a gust as
“the maximum observed wind speed over a specified time period”
This is normally around 3 seconds.
So the Acurite stations are pretty close at 4 seconds.
So all in all, pretty good. You would have to go up the Davis Vantage Vue to really see a noticeable difference as it samples wind speed every 2.5 seconds.
Most weather stations find it easy to measure rain, sleet etc. As long as the station is sited correctly it should produce accurate rain measurements.
Data resolution is the most important guide to accuracy here. The Acurite achieves the recommended specification of 0.01 inches.
This is measured within the recommended range of 1-99% although it does have a ±10% tolerance.
Again, this is decent enough at this price range.
If you are looking to buy a weather station, it makes sense to buy one that is accurate!
As a result we do not recommend purchasing an Acurite with the original pro array.
The pro+ adds around $40 to the cost over the original but is worth the extra.
So we would avoid these models as they all contain the original pro sensor:
- Acurite 02064
- Acurite 01036
- Acurite 01517
- Acurite 01512
- Acurite 02032
Also note that Acurite love producing new bundles around their arrays. So as a result there may be additional model numbers not featured here.
The important thing to remember is don’t buy the original Pro sensor!
With well thought out siting and the pro + outdoor sensor array, the overall accuracy is good for the price.
Acurite have made a smart choice with their included color display.
Before I get to why, let’s look at the features.
Standard measurements are included such as:
- Indoor Temperature
- Heat index
- Wind Chill
- Dew point
- Barometric pressure
- High/Low records
It can be wall mounted, but can also be stood on a table.
It can run via mains power but thankfully batteries (3AA) can also be used so you are not tied to a mains socket.
The smart choice is that unlike Ambient Weather’s display, they seem to have trusted designers rather than engineers.
Ambient simply provided as much information as they could but that means it takes a while to find what you want as there’s too much to look through.
Acurite have displayed the data in a much more accessible way, so that it makes it very easy to immediately find information quickly.
It makes a real difference.
The display is huge and bright and while not truly color, the color overlay really highlights the information well.
Its only downside is that as a LCD display you must be face on when viewing to be able to see it, but we didn’t have any problems with it.
Acurite have also added a forecast feature covering the next 12/24 hours as well as a handy weather ticker that displays features such as:
- High/Low records
- Real time weather
- Any weather alerts
It might just be us, but we enjoyed looking for new records for the week!
Pro + Models
Acurite currently produce three Pro + sensor weather stations.
- Acurite 01079 PC Connect
- Acurite 01057 My Acurite
- Acurite 01058 My Acurite
They all come with the same display module
So what’s the difference between all three?
If you simply want to view the weather data through the supplied display console, it doesn’t matter what one you pick.
But if you want to access that information using a weather app such as weather underground , you have some choices to make.
The 01079 connects directly to your Windows PC via USB.
You can then save your weather information or view it via several methods.
- The Acurite website through your web browser
- MyAcurite App
- Weather Underground through either your web browser or their App.
All three methods are free and work well. Personal preference dictates what one you prefer.
Our favorite is to upload the data to weather underground and then view it through their app.
However, there is a big problem with stations that upload to the internet via a connected PC.
Your PC must always be on and your console must be connected to upload the data to the internet.
Which is a big pain in the ass!
A better method is used in the other 2 weather stations
The 01057 comes with a bright colour scheme.
The 01058 is supplied with a dark theme.
These weather stations also include a smart hub.
The smart hub connects directly to your router via one of the Ethernet ports.
This allows weather information to be uploaded automatically without needing a computer to be on and a connected display console attached.
This is the easiest method and the recommended way to go!
You can then view the data via the internet as before.
At the sub $200 range, the choice is simple.
If you want to access your weather information using the supplied display console with the additional option of using an app over the internet. The bright themed Acurite 01057 or dark themed 01058 is the recommended buy.
If you will never use the supplied display console and will ONLY use the weather underground app via your tablet. Then you should strongly consider either the cheaper 0900-IP or look at the fantastic Ambient Weather 1400IP weather station.
Check out our ultimate guide to choosing the best weather station here.