Oregon Scientific BAR608HGA Hide-Away Weather Forecaster with Clock
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- Weather forecaster with self-setting clock and remote sensor
- Remote sensor has 100-foot transmission range
- Illuminated with HiGlo electro-luminescent backlight
- 3 levels of pressure, temperature and humidity trend indicators: Rising, Steady or Falling 12- to 24-hour weather forecasts with graphical icons; Moon phase indicator
- Dimensions: 5.5L x 1.125D x 6.5H (in.)
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My disappointments so far are few. 1) The unit runs only on batteries and manual says no rechargables. There is no ac adaptor option. 2) The backlight only stays on for a few seconds and it really isn't long enough to see everything. It would be great if this were configurable. 3) To change batteries in the remote you must unscrew three tiny, recessed screws so make sure you have a small phillips head screwdriver handy.
Overall, I am very happy with this unit, especially when you consider the price. I was prepared to spend a lot more to get a high end unit that shows both indoor and outdoor temp and humidity at the same time but they just aren't out there.
Anyway, this is a decent unit for the money. I actually bought two, when I only needed one. Why? For the second remote sensor. When another unit that includes a remote sensor is only a few dollars more than the only lone remote sensor available, it made perfect sense! lol
My only gripes are: The units just can't find an atomic clock signal here (NJ) for some reason (one finally did after 2 whole days, but the next day it can't again, so I guess it depends on favorable atmospheric conditions? *); the barometer of the two units won't agree (one is spot-on after setting proper altitude; the other is way off at same altitude setting - so I guess the altitude setting is really just a general calibration); and the backlight stays on for only 4 seconds (not 8 as stated in the manual!).
Otherwise, even with its funky off-center design (because of the sliding cover), it's a nice looking unit with decent features that gives you the weather info you want the most. Plus how it rotates the display for the remote sensors is handy.
(* Seems more likely to find the atomic clock signal -- and strong level too -- on overcast days, so it does seem that atmospheric conditions affect it much like ham radio I guess. Also the unit's location around other electronic devices may affect success as well.)
I did run into the same problem as one of the other users where it wouldn't take the information from the remote unit without it being right next to the base. I proceeded to change the remote and base unit to channel 2 and reset both devices (as I didn't feel like trying to figure out which one needed resetting) and it work immediately.
For the price, this is well worth it.
My complaints would be that this device unnecessarily has an alarm clock and an atomic clock which I don't need. I mention this because the programming to set the units up is not intuitive, and adding these just makes the task more difficlut, unless reading tiny print on technical manuals is something that you enjoy. The batteries for the main unit are easy to install, but the AAA batteries for the remote device require a teeny screwdriver or some jury-rigged device. Why they didn't use the same screws as the main unit is beyond me. You also need to use a paperclip or similar device to poke into a hole to zero things out when you set this up, and I had to contact the company to learn how to do this. For these reasons, I set up my mother's device up before giving it to her. Some of these problems could be resolved by having the unit do only what I wanted it to do -- provide current, maximum and minimum tempertures inside the house and outside the house.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Item arrived in a timely manner and was well packaged. The weather station works great. This is the second one we've owned. Our first one lasted at least 12 years.Published on July 2, 2014 by K Young
I've had one of these for many years and it's great. I like the way the controls are covered, so you can't accidentlychange something when you reach for it in the dark. Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by older than dirt
This weather station works well for reporting temperature, humidity, and pressure (which it reports both by direction and level, unlike most stations that just report pressure... Read morePublished on December 30, 2010 by Thaddeus C. Letnes
We have it set in the kitchen where the whole family uses it. It's a very helpful tool in the house for getting ready for the day.Published on March 17, 2009 by Jim Agliata
I bought this unit due to it's ability to tell me the weather changes. It is poor in this ability. If you have a sprinkler running within 100 feet of this unit, it will tell you it... Read morePublished on November 26, 2008 by Traildog
This is a nice product. Very informative when it comes to the weather. Easy to set up.Published on October 12, 2008 by MDALUV