Davis is famous for its high-quality instrumentation, and its Vantage Vue 6250 weather station hugely lives up to expectations. The sensor package is also very useful since it packs everything into a single unit that’s simple to control and set up. That makes it great for a hobbyist who still wants highly correct readings.
It is said that this weather station is also quite pricy when compared to some of the competition. Although you’re paying for quality, less serious hobbyists may do better with less expensive hardware.
Davis Instruments creates their weather monitoring facility to last, and the Vantage Vue is no exception. This weather station includes a screen console and incorporated sensor suite (ISS), and they’re both created with durability in mind more than aesthetics. The Vantage Vue console looks like a relic from the 1980s from the black and brown plastic, to the LCD with its bright orange backlight. The purpose is to offer the most amount of information in a manner that’s simple to digest with no concern to modern aesthetics, in this regard, Davis Instruments absolutely succeeded.
The sensor set does a nice task of matching a large number of sensors into a relatively compact package. Built out of white and black plastic, it seems good and solid during assembly and held up well under heavy wind and rain. The Vantage Vue isn’t willing to go out of the box, taking a bit more assembly than less complicated weather stations. The process is fairly straightforward, and most people should be able to get through simple assembly in less than half an hour.
Assembling the incorporated sensor set is the most time consuming part of the setup process. It comes mostly setup, but you have to come with the wind vane and cups for the anemometer, attach the tipping spoon assembly for the rainfall meter.
Installing the console doesn’t take as much time, but it’s more complex. When you power it on the first time, you have to go via a number of steps to set the time and date, time zone, and more. Ensure you know your latitude, longitude, and elevation since you’ll need that information to finish the installation process.