AcuRite 01036M Pro Color Review

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Confidently plan your day with customized weather data and forecasts right from your backyard. The AcuRite 01036M Pro Color is a unique weather station that connects to your tablet or smartphone via an app and uses self-calibrating technology to provide you with the most accurate weather data possible. It comes with an integrated sensor array, a beautiful color console and an app that you can download onto your device of choice.

Purpose

The AcuRite 01036M Pro Color weather station is specifically designed for personal use. It connects with the My AcuRite app for viewing on your wireless device, making it convenient to plan your day. As for installation, its sensor suit is mounted in the backyard, and the console can either be set on a tabletop or mounted on a wall.

Connection and Transmission Distance

The AcuRite 01036M Pro Color is a wireless weather station that has a transmission distance of up to 330 feet or 100 meters. However, obstructions will affect transmission signal and must be avoided when possible. Additionally, the digital display comes with a PC connect feature that enables users to connect via USB.

Power Source

As for powering this device, the wireless sensor array can run on 4 AA lithium or alkaline batteries. The batteries are expected to last for a maximum of two years. However, for areas with the temperature below -29°C, lithium batteries are highly recommended. Additionally, the sensor comes with two solar panels for powering the internal fan, which regulates the thermometer for maximum accuracy. For the console, AcuRite provides a 4.5v power supply, but the console can also run on 6 AA alkaline batteries if needed.

Data Offered

AcuRite 01036M Pro Color weather station has a 5-in-1 sensor unit that includes a thermometer, wind vane, anemometer, hygrometer and a rain collector with self-emptying technology. The illuminated console also has a few integrated indoor sensors. Here is a list of the data that the AcuRite 01036M Pro Color provides;

  • The self-calibrating forecasting pulls the data from the sensor and provides an accurate forecast of 12 to 24 hours.
  • Weather ticker streams real-time data and alerts.
  • Indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity data can be viewed with trend arrow.
  • Rain precipitation and rainfall history are measured in millimeters or inches.
  • Wind speed peak, current, or average is measured in MPH or KPH. Wind direction data is provided with 16 points rose.
  • Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly high and low records. Also, barometric pressure with trend arrow.
  • Date and time, and other weather variables including wind chill heat index, dew point and “feels like” data.
  • The readings can be displayed in either Bilingual English or French.
  • Customizable weather alarms for temperature, humidity, dew point, wind, rain, heat index, and storm warnings.

Specifications

Update Frequency: The AcuRite 01036M Pro Color updates data quite fast, with wind speed in every 18 seconds, wind direction every 30 seconds and temperature and humidity every 36 seconds.

Range & Accuracy: 

  • Transmission range: 330 feet
  • Indoor temperature range: 32°F to 122°F
    • Accuracy
      • +/- 2°F.
  • Outdoor temperature range: -40°F to 158°F
    • Accuracy
      • +/- 2°F.
  • Indoor relative humidity range: 16% to 98%
    • Accuracy
      • +/- 4% from 16% to 20% relative humidity
      • +/- 3% from 20% to 80% relative humidity
      • +/- 4% from 80% to 90% relative humidity
      • +/- 5% from 90% to 98% relative humidity
  • Outdoor relative humidity range: 1% to 99%
    • Accuracy
      • +/- 5% from 1% to 10% relative humidity
      • +/- 4% from 10% to 20% relative humidity
      • +/- 3% from 20% to 80% relative humidity
      • +/- 4% from 80% to 90% relative humidity
      • +/- 5% from 90% to 100% relative humidity
  • Wind speed range is 0 to 99 mph.
    • Accuracy
      • +/-2 mph below 10 mph
      • +/- 3 mph from 10 to 30 mph
      • +/- 4 mph from 30 to 50 mph
      • +/- 5 mph from 50 to 99 mph
  • Rainfall capacity starts at 0.01 inches
    • Accuracy
      • Rainfall accuracy is +/-0.05″ per inch.

Cost and Warranty

In terms of cost, AcuRite 01036M Pro Color is priced fairly low when compared to other weathers stations with similar features. It offers a lot of value because the sensor suit is basically 5 devices in 1: a thermometer, hydrometer, anemometer, wind vane, and rain gauge. Moreover, the AcuRite 01036M is an ideal choice if you’re looking for a budget weather station that will help you plan your day.

As for the warrantry, your investment will be safe with this product as it comes with a 1-year limited warranty. Furthermore, you can return this unit within 90 days if the purchase date for a full refund if, for any reason, you are not 100% satisfied with it.

Pros

  • It’s a wireless unit, so it can be installed smoothly and quickly without professional help. It also includes mounting hardware.
  • It provides the weather forecast. There are only a few other weather stations in this price range with the forecasting feature.
  • Quite affordable and has all advanced features including PC connect, that allows the user to share their data and analysis with other weather enthusiasts.
  • Aesthetically appealing console for home display.

Cons

  • Although the internal fan in the sensor unit keeps the temperature accurate, it may wear out in the long run.
  • Specific data might be lost at times due to interruptions in signal.
  • Not as accurate as higher-end models.

Conclusion

The AcuRite 01036m Pro Color is a perfect choice for those looking for an affordable weather station that will look great at home and provide you with personalized forecasting information to help plan your day.

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