06003M Pro + Upgrade Dual Solar Panels Textured Flat Black Plastic?

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Just opened the 06003M Pro + upgrade unit to install it & noticed the solar panels are just square flat black rough textured plastic pieces with no solar cells within clear plastic/glass. Photos of the upgrade unit show the solar cells within clear plastic/glass. Thought maybe I was missing something in the instructions about removing a protective covering but found nothing.
 
 I run a lot of small solar paneled products including very large panels on my houseboat & motorhome. I have never seen just a flat black textured surface without seeing any solar cells.

 So is my Pro + upgrade unit I received a factory defect & missing the solar cells?
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AcuRite Jennifer

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Hello KDK,

You did receive the correct piece they are flat on the sensor. If you would like you can take a picture and post it here so we can confirm that it looks correct. Thank you. Enjoy your day!
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Jennifer,

Could you provide an update to the question from KDS concerning the difference of the solar panels.  I purchased the Pro + upgrade and find the panels are unlike the single 5 in 1 single panel..  As KDS stated I also have many other solar panels that do not look anything like the PRO upgrade panels.

Thanks

David

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AcuRite Jennifer

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Hello David,

The only difference between the single and dual solar panels is that the dual has two solar panels. If you would like to provide a picture of what you received, we can confirm that you received the right product. Thank you.
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Thanks David for chiming in!  
 Jennifer,
 If that's the only difference then there is a problem with our Pro + Upgrade solar panels. As I stated before on the Pro + panels they are just flat black rough textured sheets.
 There is no Encapsulant, Crystalline Cells orTop Glass/Plexiglass as the single Pro version has. They are completely different.
 The solar panel square on the PRO single panel is an actual solar panel. I have no means of taking pictures & posting them until my son comes home from where he lives in Vegas..
 Hopefully David can send you some pictures but until then I will have to wait until I find someone to take my photos of the Pro + unit. I'm old, disabled, live out in the boondocks & have no means of a camera that sends photos except for my sons I-Phone that lives 2,000 miles away.

 I all but just about given up with my new Acurite weather station since I received it as a gift to replace my old Davis. I now have purchased a new Davis that I can actually calibrate to meet Noaa/Madis/CWOP quality reporting standards so they can actually use the collected much needed data in their weather programs.
 The Acurite is so far off it's reporting data that's it's embarrassing to even allow it to upload to Weather Underground. I do allow it though just for the weather community to see the comparison & data differences between the two weather stations.     

 Again David thanks for chiming in as I very much appreciate it.
 Kevin
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AcuRite Jennifer

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Hello KDK & David,

This is what the pro upgrade should look like.



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James Eads

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mine look different too, just flat black whats the deal?
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Ledrak

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Has anyone taken the new unit out in the sun to see if it works, as long as it works is all that matters.
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James Eads

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It works just looks weird
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James Eads

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Ledrak

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Well would have to guess its a new design but again as long as it works.
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Khairul Nidzam Abd Rahman

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Hi Khairul from Malaysia..Yes i also got this type Dual Solar Panel but Flat Black Panel. Do they work?
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James Eads

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So for so good
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Seth Blitzer

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Mine look like flat panels as well but work fine .
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Jon008

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Did Acurite angle the panels toward the East and West a bit more than the previous design, or is it just the picture fooling me?
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AcuRite Jennifer

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Hello All,

There was a slight change made to the solar panels This should not affect your readings. The angel should still be the same. Thank you.
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Anyone else having problems with the panels coming loose the glue not holding them in ??
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Hello Tom,

I do see that you called in today and worked with one of our AcuRite Loyalty Team members. We are sorry for the inconvenience. The replacement that was sent will help to correct this. If you have any further questions please let us know. Thank you.
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Yes & also very hard to keep clean as they collect dust very fast & easy. I put my old single panel back on & to tell you the truth there's barely any noticeable  difference in temperatures it still swings very high when the suns out & goes down a few degrees when cloudy. Stations 33' up on a pole with nothing that interferes with the temp. 10'  apart & along side my Davis Vantage Vue which holds temp. correctly.
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Hello KDK,

When comparing the readings you want to compare it something at the same height and location as your sensor. When testing a product against another product for accuracy, be sure to allow products to sit undisturbed (without handling) side by side for a minimum of 30 minutes to allow the products to acclimate to the environmental conditions. 1-8 hours is ideal for humidity testing. Also be sure to take into account the accuracy standard/tolerance for different products. You may want to make sure the aspirating fan is working as well. When the sun is hitting the solar panel you should hear a slight hum coming from the sensor. You will want to check for debris that could be obstructing the fan as well.



Step 1.
Remove the four outer screws on the bottom of the sensor. Keep the screws for re-assembly.

  • Note: Be careful not to remove or adjust the rain calibration screws located beneath the rain gauge.

Step 2. 
Separate the upper and lower halves of the sensor.

Step 3.
Check the fan for debris, such as insects or spider webs. A gentle puff of air can clear most obstructions safely.

If no debris appears to be blocking the fan, position the top white portion of the sensor (that has the solar panel) in direct, bright sunlight. The fan should power on immediately without any assistance (such as a nudge). Note: Artificial light, such as flashlights, cannot be used as a substitute for actual sunlight. Also, overcast days may not be sunny enough to power on the fan.

Step 4.
To reassemble the sensor, bring the two halves of the sensor back together

Step 5.
Reinstall the four outer screws to join the upper and lower portions of the sensor together.
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When you say it "swings high", this is when the fan is ramping up. The fan makes the sensor read the proper temperature faster than the non aspirated Vue.The vue is actually missing rapidly changing conditions. I recently added a fan to my thermometer in an acurite radiation shield, and sometimes it reads even higher than the 5 in 1, however, in the mid day, it holds temp while the 5 in 1 will gain a degree or two extra. Every sensor is a bit different.
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Yes the fan is there to try & keep the ambient temp. accurate & consistent throughout the 5 in 1 sensors housing during daylight hours. Mine does not.
You say "The fan makes the sensor read the proper temperature faster than the non aspirated Vue. Disagree, the Vue has a 2.5 second all data transfer & does not miss any rapidly changing conditions. The 5 in 1 has 18 second wind speed & 36 second Direction, Humidity & Temp. data transfer updates. Also sounds like your equipment isn't as accurate as the Vue's +/-1 Temp accuracy which is also proven by Madis/NOOA & others. But you're entitled to you're own beliefs & opinions. I've been at this a very long time & have heard it all.
Anyway my fans work. I'm just not very happy with the poor design & rapidly deteriorating Pro Solar Panels which is what this post started out to be. Enough Said. Thank you all! 
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My acurite wx stations pass madis every day. If I didn't do routine maint. on them, like lubrication of moving parts, such as the fan motor, the 5n1 likely would fail. Just because the sensor updates to the display faster, doesn't mean what is being transmitted from the vue air sensor is perfect, same for any station that doesn't have aspiration, and even those that do, if you do not calibrate the instrument panels, and software, it can be several degrees off. I would not accept the deteriorating solar arrays either, so it's good you pointed that out for acurite to take note of what the real world conditions are doing to them. In closing, The acurite 5n1 sensor in my experience needs to have about 1.5 degrees F taken off the readings to be acurite.