Oregon Scientific BAR388HGA Wireless Weather Station with Atomic Clock, Black
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- Automatically sets itself to the U.S. Atomic Clock - never needs adjusting for Daylight Saving Time
- Displays indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity
- Exhibits moon phases, weather forecast, and weather trends
- Includes remote sensor with 100-foot range; reads up to 3 sensors
- Ice Alert
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One caution: Although the description does not say so, this is a desk unit only not a wall mount unit--there's an immovable rest sticking out the back (most of the other models are not like this)
Two caveats however. You need a very small flat-head screwdriver in order to put the AAA batteries into the sensor. Not so small as the one in an eyeglass repair kit though. I had a small screwdriver with a shirt-pocket clip, that small, and still had to file the sides down in order to reach the deeply recessed screws. I'll have to do this anytime the batteries need changing. Not the best design perhaps.
Second, the instructions tell you to put the (outdoor) sensor (1) in a sight line with the (indoor) monitor-- (2) open to the sky-- (3) out of the sun-- (4) out of the rain-- (5) away from metal-- It's not easy to do all of this! Ours is nestled in a plastic container cut up into the shape of a bus kiosk and tied to a post. I'm not sure if it's all 100% necessary.
The atomic clock took about a day to find its signal. The instructions warn about this odd (to me) likelihood.
It's a little discouraging to have to deal with all of this out of the box but as I say the device is great.
The only 3 issues that we found with this are 1) it doesn't have a backlight so you can't see anything in the dark; 2) the time doesn't seem to adjust automatically to our zone and 3) the battery on the remote sensor died in like 2 months.
Despite these 3 issues, I would buy this unit again over all the others currently on the market.
Setup took some time (but isn't that part of the fun with a new gadget?!). It took two days for the atomic clock to set automatically. Inputting your location's elevation is suggested in order for the barometer indicator to work accurately. It was somewhat of a challenge to find the ideal location for the outdoor remote sensor - there are a number of requirements/recommendations - such as away from direct sun and moisture, and in a direct line and within range of the base unit.
Also, the unit is not wall mount. It is tabletop display only. The Fahrenheit/Celsius switch is located in the battery compartment. The black "frame" has a shiny finish, and there are several function buttons located on the side and back. Also, you can press the front (top and bottom) of the frame for additional functions (alarm on/off).
I am very happy with this weather station and hope that this review is helpful!!
I have three of the remote thermometers, by the way, and their range does not meet advertised claims. Accuracy can also be a real issue if you are relying on it to monitor a water heater closet, plant nursery or, God forbid, a baby nursery. Sometimes they just stop working for an hour at a time for no apparent reason.
The receiver is little better. It requires frequent resetting, goes through batteries too quickly, the Atomic Clock is iffy, etc., etc., etc.
I bought this model to replace a far cheaper, 10-year-old Oregon Scientific thermometer that once kept working while lying in flood waters for two days. The signal on this latest model can be interrupted by a napping lizard (sic).
Wish I could recommend another brand but haven't had a chance to shop around because I am still trying to at least get a fraction of my money's worth on this grossly overpriced unit.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty nice but a little complicated. My beef is that mine has stopped working after less than two years. I think it's a bad sensor. Since replacing all batteries didn't help. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by J. Moore
Has no backlight so is impossible to see the display at night...Published 22 days ago by John Evans
Humidity reading both indoor and outdoor have never worked correctly. Customer service is nothing but a sales guy who tells you to reset and then asks you to buy a new one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J
Second Ore Scientific (same model) we've purchased: one in Arizona and now one in WA to replace the one that finally wore out after at least 8 years of service. Read morePublished 2 months ago by WilyCat
Easy to assemble, thus far seems to be accurate. Digits are easy to read from a distance. I like the outdoor humidity feature in addition to temp. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Blue Dog
There are several different brands of similar products. The ones from Oregon Scientific are very accurate and use battery power (always use lithium batteries) economically. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wayne A. Fox