AcuRite Access Battery Installation

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This may seem like a silly question but here it goes... 

The setup document shows 3 batteries with alternating polarity. But if you go by the standard installation of batteries the spring inside the unit are the negative connections it should look like this?:



This illustration appears to be not correct and confusing to say the least with the arrow.

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Jon

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Jon

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Now that I looked at the photo I took of the battery compartment and cover on my computer desktop on a larger monitor I can see that there is a very faint - - + on the molded plastic battery compartment cover.  I guess I was correct. 

Perhaps an update to the setup instructions are needed. And maybe better markings on the unit and cover? Just a thought.
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sparkie951

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Directions are screwed up... Good catch....  Your picture  is correct.. 
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Hello All,
Jon is correct in the picture above. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused you. The Access has one spring inside, put the negative side down on the spring and the other two should have the positive down as the picture above shows. 

@Jon, I can see you are using Duracell Pro Cell batteries here, these are not recommended batteries for use. Please change these to the battery recommendations listed below.




Batteries:

•Verify you are using fresh alkaline batteries or lithium batteries (when temperature is below -4°F/-20°C) in sensor.

•Quality brand batteries are recommended, including Duracell, Rayovac, Energizer, or Kirkland.

•Verify batteries are fresh. The battery expiration date should be at least 6 years out. Batteries can lose 3% power or more every year in storage.

•Heavy duty, extra strength or generic / store brand batteries are not recommended for use with AcuRite products because they may cause performance irregularities due to the way these types of batteries disperse power. Each battery should not exceed 1.6 volts.

•Rechargeable batteries are not recommended for use with AcuRite products because they may cause performance irregularities due to the voltage instability of these types of batteries.

•Mixing different battery types (brands, old/new, etc.) is not recommended.
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Craig Lantz

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This is another part of this totally incompetent upgrade process from the Hub.
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Jeff U.

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How do we confirm that the batteries are good and/or installed correctly?  Will the unit will notify us when they need to be replaced when they run out?
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George D. Nincehelser

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Yes.

From the help files:

Low Battery System Alert for the AcuRite Access - when operating on battery backup power and its battery level is low or when there are no backup batteries installed, My AcuRite generates a Low Battery alert notification.
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Mountain Survival

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If the little blue light comes on...the batteries are in correctly.
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Dave

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The little blue light will not be solid but will blink about 1 time per second if they are installed properly and the power supply is not plugged in. I just checked mine and that's what happened. The instructions on battery installation is not even close to being right. As someone else said the cover has springs and this is the - neg for the battery and the one spring inside.
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sparkie951

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A very good question... They will probably send a message via the Alerts on the Dashboard, like they do now for the sensors.
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AcuRite Jennifer

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Hello All,

George is correct. You would get a low battery alert. Please let us know if there is anything further we can assist you with.
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Looking at the Alerts on MyAcurite, I do not see an alert created for low battery on the Access, nor do I see a method to add one with the available options. Can you elaborate on how it will notify on a low battery condition?
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sparkie951

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On the Dashboard, mouse over the Green, Yellow, or Red vertical bar, it will tell you your battery strength. When it is low or other issues it will send you an email.
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George D. Nincehelser

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I think what he's referring to are the condition of the backup batteries in the Access itself.

myAcurite is supposed to alert you when they are low, but I've been running one without batteries for the past few weeks.  I haven't gotten any alerts about there being a problem, so there may be a bug there to swat.