Is 2 to 3 years the life expectancy for the Pro 5-in-1?

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I've purchased (4) full Pro 5-in-1 systems for myself and family; (2) of them in 2015 and (2) in 2017.  The (2) from 2015 are both nearly junk at this point.  Lubricating the wind speed sensor simply isn't working (both of the 2015 units stopped spinning).  Another of the units was full of bees nests due to the manufactured holes that are plenty large enough for a bee, and don't have any kind of screen over the holes.  One of these systems was carried by hand to a foreign country, the same country in which they are manufactured, to which Acurite refused to ship or provide another arrangement, and it took a lot of work on my part to get it there.

Upon opening the units, they are really poorly designed, or maybe it would be better stated that you just can't get a quality unit for 90 bucks.  Have any improvements been made to the Pro 5-in-1 in the last few years?  Does Acurite even offer a better product?

The Pro 5-in-1 is pretty much the heart of Acurite's weather system, so it's disappointing to think that I'll have to purchase 4 more of these every 2 to 3 years - and then to get them up on the poles?!  I don't know that I can justify this.

Please advise.
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I have a pair of 5 in 1 sensors and they are functioning well after 2+ years. There new sensors that will be released sometime this year. Search this forum for the new sensors. They are the Atlas and Atlas Elite.
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George D. Nincehelser

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The wind modules are easy to replace if any of the moving parts wear out.  (e.g. bearings and aspiration fan motor)

Insects and other critters can be difficult to keep out of weather stations regardless of brand.  I remember a Davis user who has been having problems keeping little frogs out of his weather station.

Over the years the 5n1 has had several internal design modifications.  I disagree that it is "poor design", particularly when compared to other popular brands at a similar price point.  Several of the internal parts have been simplified for better servicing and maintenance, particularly the temp/humidity module.

As to the Atlas series, they have been designed for easy maintenance... you don't need any tools to get to the areas that are likely to need repair or cleaning.  There will be an anemometer extension kit that will let you install the main unit at a convenient height for servicing (e.g. 6 feet), yet still have the anemometer at a much higher height for better wind fetch.  No more climbing up on the roof, tower, or pole to see if rain bucket has been plugged with debris or defiled by birds! 
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George, on a Google search of your name, would it find that you live in Texas, a warm weather climate?
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Sorry, but that actually is an unreasonable expectation.  Weather stations require maintenance to replace parts that wear out or take damage during storms.   

Some companies have refurb programs to send in your weather station and have worn parts replaced.  Or you can do it yourself as the need arises.
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I have residences and weather stations (various brands) in both Texas and Nebraska.
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KN

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Oh hell, you don't even know what cold weather is.  Are we done here?
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It appears you have nothing more of relevance to say, so I guess so.
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I did find some posts on the Atlas Elite - basically, it appears there isn't any information yet?
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Hello KN,
We are always improving and updating. To defend against insects crawling into your sensor, you may place a moth ball in the nook, near the tipping buckets. Adhere the moth ball to the sensor with a piece of tape. Insect repellant may be used for additional protection, but should not be sprayed on the internal components or into the sensor. As for the Atlas products, all information we are currently able to provide can be found at the link below. This is a whole new series of product for AcuRite.  We apologize for any inconvenience you have experienced but are always happy to assist you.

https://www.acurite.com/atlas-environmental-monitoring-solutions/?ref=Atlas-HP
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Well, Rachell, if you're ready to assist, how about we get started with Acurite's solution for the wind speed sensor that doesn't work correctly.  Let's try one that doesn't cost me more money (on all 4 systems).
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Hello KN,

If you have had the product for more than 1 year we would recommend replacing the solar assembly on it. Due to them being out of warranty we would not be able to replace them at no cost as the warranty has expired. I have attached the link below:

https://www.acurite.com/pro-plus-upgrade-for-5-in-1-weather-sensor.html

https://www.acurite.com/replacement-5-in-1-sensor-assembly-wind-cups-5n1wcbsa.html
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I'm trying to remember when I got my 5in1.  It's been a few years!!!  I did get the pro-solar charger for it, which didn't last and so I put it back to stock once again.  It's still going.   I don't have any insect issues with mine which is mounted on my TV Antenna pole above the antenna, that's over my roof.

I've swapped out batteries once.   I installed some better Lithium AA battery's into it.  They should hold up better in the heat at cold up there.    

How long one lasts is going to depend on the environment you live in and the location you put it.  Mine is holding out pretty good for the $80 I paid for it at Costco 2-3 years ago.  I've been waiting to upgrade to their higher end Atlas line versions.  But I didn't think it would take even this long.  They were announced over a year ago at CES 2017.  CES 2018 has now come and gone.  What is taking so long as they've blown through a couple launch dates last year.  Clearly, they were not remotely ready to launch last year.  This late to their own launch date.  What a joke.
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It's not such a joke.  Product is coming.  Sorry it isn't matching YOUR personal time scale,but they majoriy of us are quiite happy with what we are seeing.
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Hello JBDragon,

We apologize for your frustration. When we do have further information to release on the Atlas system we will update our customers. We do appreciate your patience.
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What a A$$ you are!!! It's NOT my personal timescale.  They announced this product over a year ago.  They said when it was going to launch a couple times last year and failed to deliver.   I'm not happy as I haven't seen anything.  You're just a D bag basically bragging being some Beta Tester.  Something that should have also have been going on a year ago to make the launch that THEY, THEMSELVES announced a year ago.

You want to piss people off, act like the self-righteous jerk that you are.  As for the company, if you're going to announce a product and say it's going to release in this time frame, DO IT!!!!  No one else set that time frame.  Beta Testing a product over a year later from being announced means it was a complete LIE.  That it was NEVER remotely going to be released when people were told last year.  That's not a ops, we're going to be a little late, some issues popped up.  No LIE, LIE, LIE!!!! Flat out LIED.  Was it to delay people from going with some other brand?  

But again jerk, It wasn't MY personal Timescale!!!!!  
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You are quite a piece of work.
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Hello JBDragon,
We apologize for any frustration experienced. We are committed to launching thebest product for our customers that meets the high standard of quality themarket expects from AcuRite. We have recently completed the first round oftesting with our customer advisory board and have incorporated their feedbackinto the product design. We are beginning the second round of testing and willhave more information on AcuRite Atlas availability once testing is complete.
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If you've had a problem with the device in 2 or 3 years, it would make good sense to head to Amazon to accuritely report your experiences with the hardware, and emphasize the warranty period of just 1 year in your product review, and after that, the acurite customer will need to spend some money and time to repair the faulty product.  I think that's fairly honest, and it lets folks know when they are about to purchase the product that it may only last two or three years before requiring additional work and cost burden on the consumer.

Amazon is a great place to let people know what to expect from various products, and acurite is clearly comfortable that they will only support their product for one year.
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Make sure in your Amazon reviews that you point prospective customers to this forum so that they can get a true gander at the extraordinary list of problems that acurite customers are experiencing with their products.