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High quality but with a couple of flaws
on October 24, 2012
The many glowing reviews of the Vantage Pro-2 are accurate and I highly recommend this unit over any of the competitor's products. With that said, there are two issues you should fully understand before plunking down your hard-earned cash for this. First, the rain gauge is "approximate" at best. The tipping bucket technology is considerably less accurate than the standard rain gauge when precipitation rates are high, such as in thunderstorms or the like. Second, it's far too easy for the rain gauge bucket to get plugged up with crud (leaves in the fall, tree spinners in the spring, spiders, etc).
If you're serious about measuring preciptation grab yourself a $30 plastic CoCoRaHS-approved rain gauge. They're at roughly the same accuracy as used by the National Weather Service. The only thing is, you need to empty them out manually and they're just a funnel-and-cylinder, not electronic. This plastic unit's PITA factor outweighs the inaccuracy of the Davis bucket in my mind.
Another issue is the HORRIBLE Davis Weather Link software. Their proprietary hardware dongle connects to your PC as a serial device, with a serial-to-USB converter than makes a royal mess of things if you're not careful. The interface is straight out of DOS, too. It's really BAD, and configuring third party software like Cumulus with it isn't a job for the timid.