Rain Gauge model 00899 eating batteries!

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My rain gauge 00899 collector has been draining three (2) sets of batteries now within 3 weeks. My display unit just now overheated new installed batteries to the point they emitted a burning electrical odor and were too hot to touch! There is some design problem with this 00899 model! I am very disappointed with the product and am pursuing a refund through the warranty program.
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Russell Peterson

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Harold Ashe, Champion

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A refund would be the best action.  I have not heard of this problem before, but it doesn't sound good!  I'm sure AcuRite will work with you to get the issue resolved.
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AcuRite Charlotte

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Hi Russell,

I see that you have been in contact with one of our representatives today, and that you were working with him on warranty coverage. Please just let us know if we can offer any further assistance. We want to make sure that you have a working unit.

Thanks!
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Dan

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Excuse this duplicate posting.  Just want to make sure this gets out there.

There is a fix for this gauge "eating" batteries.  Don't bother putting in stronger batteries, the gauge will just consume more power.

A 2.5v LDO is being misused.  A very easy "fix" is to cut the trace just left of Q1.  A 47k ohm resistor can then be added (not needed) jumpering that cut trace.

Now the gauge will work as intended.  Your batteries will last 10x longer!

In this picture, the bottom left red arrow is where to cut the trace.  That alone will make your batteries last 10x longer.

Then if you want, ad that 47k resistor to where the other red arrows point to. (don't use a 100k as in the picture).

Hope this helps someone!
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AcuRite Crystal

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Hi Dan,

Thank you for the feedback, however we do not recommend altering the sensor in anyway as it will void your warranty.  If you are having problems with the batteries draining, please let us know so that we can look into possible warranty coverage.  Thank you