Oregon Scientific WMR100/BOXTIT Weather Station Set Review
We like the review of the Oregon Scientific WMR100/BOXTIT Weather Station Set and think we might have to find one and test it ourselves.
I have the Oregon Scientific WMR100 which comes with a rain collector, a combined wind/temperature/humidity sensor, a display unit, and various mounting hardware. I tested its accuracy in several ways, including pouring carefully measured amounts of water (from a rain gauge) through the rain collector, comparing the temperature readings with a very accurate thermometer, and holding the wind sensor out the window of a car at 40 mph. The results were impressive. I had previously tried these tests on a LaCrosse weather station as well as one from Radio Shack, neither of which was completely accurate. The Oregon Scientific WMR100 was right on the mark for measuring preciptiation, and also for temperature. The temperature was down to minus 15F one night, and lithium batteries still worked fine. The outdoor temperature sensor is slow to respond to rapidly rising or falling temperature, but this is probably a good design feature to avoid over-reaction to direct sunlight if it's not in the shade. The wind speed readings for 40 mph on the odometer ranged from 40 to 45+ on the display unit, but doing this out the window of a car may not be 100% reliable as a test! The display unit sits firmly on a table (well weighted in the bottom) yet is easy to use as a hand unit. It is a little inconvenient to have to scroll through the settings to see everything -- for example, the readings for rainfall, UV, and barometric pressure do not display simultaneously and it is necessary to use the control buttons to change between these settings in order to see them all. The manual is good in explaining everything. The construction is very sturdy considering that it's made of plastic, and the mounting pole is even metal. All in all I am very satisfied with it and certainly would recommend it over LaCrosse for a number of reasons. From what I would expect for something at this price, I would give it 5 stars.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at August 17, 2007 6:58 AM
i saw this review on amazon.com this is one of what convinced me to buy the wmr100 and i love it oregon scientific certainly holds up strong compared to others springfield lacrosse i had a springfield rain gauge and a soil temp station and both errored after a few months and the lacrosse unit ws8610 data logger sensor humidity readings failed after a short time to and the money spent on those station was a waist at least thay should extend the warrenty or give me a replacement sensor free of charge for the cheap product thay sell so oregon scientific is my only company i like my oldest station (bar609hga)
with ultraviolet index sensor which i bought 3 years ago is still working today a unit thay apperently discontinued a year ago my first weather station i ever had oregon scientific has proved best quality and good coustomer service and from now on i buy from them they are the best