I can't afford to keep replacing my sensors after only 1 year of use due to a corroded battery compartment! I use new quality (Duracell Coppertop) AA batteries and replace them every 6 months regardless of what the display's signal strength indicator says. Can the terminals be cleaned with something or is the sensor toast when the green crap is found on the battery box terminals? (Note: The sensor is installed on top of a 42ft tower so it's not feasible to check the battery box weekly. Plus, I shouldn't have to!)
Yes, I'm installing the batteries oriented correctly.
It hasn't been asked yet but I AM using standard (not heavy) duty fresh Coppertops and I'm using regular alkaline (non-lithium) batteries because the coldest it gets here in the Houston area is 25f. I also test my new batteries with a digital voltmeter before use and they almost always read 1.58 to 1.61V. (I don't use them if they read less than 1.55V.)
I HAVE purchased AcuRite's remote battery box but I need to clean the terminals in my 5-in-1 of some light corrosion before the remote adapter will make good contact.
I DO like the suggestion that I read elsewhere that AcuRite should offer a solarcell-charged battery supply.
However, my battery life and corrosion problems are just a few of several complaints that I have with AcuRite. After reading through many customer posts going back for 4 or so years, it appears that AcuRite isn't moved to solve the problems that many customers have brought to its attention. As a result, I recently requested a catalog from Davis so it might be too late to convince me to remain loyal to AcuRite.
Hmmm, a question for thought...
Since most of the battery life complaints seem to agree that the sensor batteries worked fine for the first year or so and then new ones start deteriorating quickly, is it possible that the aspirator's solar panels are weakening during that first year leaving the batteries to take up the slack after that first year?
"The solar panels only power the aspiration fan. They have no connection to the batteries or other electronics in the unit."
Okay, I stand corrected. I was under the impression that the fan was primarily powered by the solar cell but the batteries would pitch in when the solar cell couldn't provide enough current (such as on really hot summer days with extensive cloud cover).
We are very sorry for any inconvenience experienced with your weather station. The life expectancy of the battery is anywhere from 12-24 months depending on your location. If you see corrosion inside the battery compartment we do recommend cleaning the inside with rubbing alcohol and a small swab. You want to be careful not to damage the springs on the inside of the sensor. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thank you.
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