Acurite 02064M - Sensor batteries

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I have had nothing but problems with this 02064M since the day I got it. I am on my third base unit, the previous two both had faulty LCD issues. But now I have an external sensor issue.

The first set of batteries lasted pretty much a year - Towards the end, they started to run out. Anyway 3 weeks ago, I risked life and limb in the snow and wind to put 4 new AA cells into the sensor. They lasted 3 days. I thought maybe the batteries were bad so I checked them when I took them out of the sensor they were at 0% capacity, completely dead... So I put 4 new Duracells in there, and tested them first. They were at 100%. Now they are also at zero.

Now a week later, they are dead! So what on earth has happened? Why is the sensor eating batteries? This is new, as I said, the previous 4 AA Cells lasted a year.

It's especially annoying since I am the only weather station for miles, and people actually use it but I can't be replacing the batteries every week, that's insane, expensive and crappy for the environment.
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More than likely a sensor issue. But, you should always use emergizer lithium batteries. Make sure there is a good signal strength at your receiver. If you have a low signal the gain in the transmitter increases and cause high battery drain. Hope this helps.
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Randy Thompson,

The transmitter in the sensor does not adjust its power like a cellphone can. It is fixed.

High battery drain can be the result of any of several problems in the sensor. Sometimes a good clean-out helps, or replacing a 5n1's T&H board may help. Sometimes you just need to replace the sensor.
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Francois Salva

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the 5-1  is ground.........like a car that have a electric problem that  drain a bigger battetry!!!!!!!!!!


energizer lithium batteries ? spend money for nothing
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George D. Nincehelser

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Energizer Lithiums work better in cold weather.  They're less likely to leak in very hot weather, too.

I generally get at least 18 months of battery life, but I try to change them out yearly in the fall so I don't have to fight winter weather if they go bad.
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Well I got some today, so I can try... Apparently the Energisers I tried first weren't the Lithium ones. Hopefully they'll work because if they die in a week that's a very expensive battery change :)
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On my 17 months : still have the same Duracel Alcaline 4X2AA. And it is COLD north of the border. GOOD luck.

But sadly in think you will be back. Or if it work :TELL US!!!!!!

btw do you have one or 2 solar panel????????
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The first ones were Energisers. I have no idea why there should be a difference, but they lasted 2 days less than the Duracell ones so I guess that's not the answer.
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faulty board that drain batterie.............spray electronic cleaner..on all the inside of the sensor...nothing to loose.........and put a ammiter or electronic teste for how much currant is draw before cleaning to compare.
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George D. Nincehelser

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Don't spray electronic cleaner on the inside randomly like that.  You'll likely contaminate the SHT21 chip on the temp/humidity module doing so.
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AcuRite Jennifer

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Hello Francois,

We would NOT recommend spraying electronic cleaner inside the sensor as this can damage the board inside, and would void the warranty.
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Francois Salva

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Jennifer ,can whe spray on just electronic component  with out touching the batteries?  do you have a picture of the board or link?



BTW whe have 14 days of -26C, -27C, -28 C, -29C,and 1 of -30c this winter in QC,CANADA......last year winter 7 days of  -20C to -25C.

I have that WS since june 2016 with the same 4 AA  alkaline batteries.  So 20 months!!!!!!

But in the big cold this the low batteries icon came on.....on the HD display....i did not change it...(too cold to do it....take a chance)  now it is milder and the sun it the 2 solar panel..more and more and this summer it will be max .. so i think they will be good to the end of october .wow!!!!!! seriously.


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Hello Francois,

We would not recommend spraying anything on the electric components inside the sensor. 
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Steve U

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Are you 100% SURE THEY ARE ALL FACING THE PROPER (polarity) DIRECTIONS?  1 inverted battery will kill its mate.
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faulty board that drain batterie.............spray electronic cleaner..on all the inside of the sensor...nothing to loose.........and put a ammiter or electronic teste for how much currant is draw before cleaning to compare.
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I don't know what your weather is like where you're at, but where I live, I always use lithium batteries once the temp. drops down below 30 degrees F. You might want to try that. They are more expensive, but like you, I don't like risking life and limb to change my batteries!
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Here in  QC,Canada........i bought that WS in june/16.and still have the same 4 batt :duracell ALCALINE   and in winter this yeat whe had -30C, -28C, -25C  and so on......minimum 14 days.
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Hello Michael,
Please check to see if there is corrosion inside the battery compartment of your sensor. If there is, clean this out with rubbing alcohol and a small swab.  Please try the troubleshooting steps listed below. If this issue continues, we will recommend replacing the outdoor sensor.  For your convenience, I have provided a link below to the replacement. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thank you.

https://www.acurite.com/5-in-1-pro-weather-sensor-temperature-humidity-rainfall-wind-speed-wind-dire...

https://www.acurite.com/5-in-1-weather-sensor-temperature-humidity-rainfall-wind-speed-wind-directio... 


Hard reset:

- Bring both units side by side and remove all batteries, unplug display if it has an ac adapter

- Change the ABC Switch to a different setting and ensure that both are on the same setting. example - If on A, move both to C

- Place batteries into the outdoor sensor first

- Place batteries into display

- Allow units to sit side by side until they connect.
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 The sensor cost around $140CAD with canada 2 taxes.and import charge $35 with the carrier ( FED EX) so total $175 NONSENSE!!
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Hello All,

Just to be clear please do not spray any cleaner or anything on the inside of the sensor as this can damage the temperature & humidity board which would void the warranty on your sensor.  We recommend using lithium batteries when the temperatures in your area get below -4F or colder. Thank you.
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Well the Energiser Lithium batteries lasted from January 26th to Feb the 6th. I have cleaned anything external (including inside the battery compartment) but with this weather I really don't want to be on the barn roof too much! I tried a hard reset last battery change.

https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=IPORTGEO2#history/s20180117/e2018...

Frankly I am getting rather annoyed with Acurite - I am on my 3rd base station and now with the lithium batteries costing $8 a refill and lasting less than 2 weeks, I am seriously considering looking for another brand of weather station altogether. It's weird because the original set of normal batteries lasted well over a year, including doing very well all through a -20'c and lower winter.
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Michael Lawrie

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Actually those lithium batteries cost $25 a refill - Aargh!
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Hello Michael,

We only recommend using the lithium batteries when temperatures are -4 degrees or colder for an extended period of time where you live. If you live in a location where it is not this cold for extended periods using an alkaline such as Rayovac, Energizer, Duracell or Kirkland would be fine. Did you test your batteries with a volt meter to see if they were drained or were you losing connection on the display?
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Michael Lawrie

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Yes, they were completely drained. Even when they'd warmed up.
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I am looking at https://www.amazon.ca/AcuRite-06052M-Battery-Weather-Sensors/dp/B01HDW57T6/ but if the sensor is broken it's just going to make it easier to replace the batteries every week, as opposed to fixing the actual problem... I suppose it can't hurt for now...

I suppose I should just get https://www.amazon.ca/AcuRite-06014RM-Direction-Temperature-Humidity/dp/B00SN1WHEU - What's the warranty on these? Are there any discounts available for it being a replacement unit?
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Ledrak

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Francois the 06016rm is the model of your display you need the number off of your 5 in 1
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In that case you would have to open it up and look at the wiring.  There will be a 4-wire ribbon cable between the main board and the temp/humidity module.  You would then de-solder that ribbon cable from the main board.

Then you would snip-off the connector from the replacement module, and solder the 4 wires to the main board.  The mother board and replacement module have their wiring pads clearly labeled so it is hard to mess up.
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THANKS BUDDY
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Francois Salva

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I have 1 book with that number..................where is  the 5-1 PRO # ? when they send me that  they use plain box.  THANKS
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its on the sensor itself.  If you go to the link it will help you tell if your sensor is compatible with the plug in part.