Sometimes you cannot rely on the weather report provided by the weather department or third party sources. These sources only offer a generic perspective of the weather for a large area. There are times when you may need to know the exact weather condition in your area. In such a case, having your own weather station becomes imperative.
For instance, if you like to go out fishing or love to play golf, you will like to be in the know of the weather conditions. AcuRite 01057RM is a personal weather station designed for amateurs. In this article we’ll review this weather station and learn about its features. Take a look!
It’s a wireless weather station and is capable of transmitting the sensor data to the display console up to 330 ft. However, what’s great is that it lets you monitor the weather data remotely using your smartphone, tablet or computer. 01057RM packs smartHUB which lets you easily connect your devices. smartHUB can be connected using the Ethernet cable. You will need to download the My AcuRite app in order to monitor the data remotely. The app is supported on Android and iOS devices.
This weather station uses the LCD display, which is not only illuminated but also uses RGB colors. The display looks pretty vibrant. The display unit can be placed on the tabletop or can be mounted on the wall. The screen auto-dims the brightness in low light conditions. You can view the weather reading from all 5 sensors. It also shows charts and graphs so that you can be aware of the weather trends.
Acurite 01057RM packs a 5 in 1 sensor unit and it is branded as the PRO+ model by the manufacturer. Here is the list of the instruments included in this weather station:
- Indoor and outdoor thermometer for temperature measurement
- Hygrometer (indoor and outdoor) for humidity
- Barometer to measure the barometric pressure indoors
- Wind vane for wind direction and anemometer for wind speed
- Rain collector for rainfall measurement (self-emptying)
- Dual solar panel setup to supply power to the aspirating fan
Acurite 01057RM is powered by the batteries. The battery unit is placed close to the sensor array. However, if you have installed the weather station at a location difficult to reach, it is recommended that you buy the remote battery pack. This will allow you to replace the battery remotely from up to 30 ft away without having to, let’s say, climb up the rooftop. Please note that the remote battery unit is sold separately and is not shipped out of the box. Also note that the solar panel only powers the aspirator fan and not the sensor unit.
Accuracy isn’t exactly the strongest aspect of this otherwise decent weather station. From the accuracy standpoint, AcuRite 01057RM is subpar. However, it is still good enough as you can get fair idea about the weather. If you have bought it for personal use, it won’t be a big problem.
The displayed wind speed may be off by 2 to 5 mph from the actual speed. Temperature reading is usually 2 to 3° F off. Humidity reading can also be up to 5% higher or lower than the actual.
Again, if you are using this weather station for professional purposes you may not be very pleased with the update frequency. It sometimes updates the display at the 40 second interval. However, usually it is 18 to 20 seconds. If you are monitoring the weather remotely using smartphone app, it may take up to 15 minutes for this weather station to provide the update. For the casual users, this should not be a big deal.
AcuRite 01057RM is one of the most affordable weather stations you can buy. This device packs nearly all the basics one may expect. The 5-in-1 sensor array is good enough for most users. However, if you are looking for advanced, extra features, this may not be the best weather station for you.
As compared to the other such weather devices, 01057RM is quite inexpensive and hence we can’t expect much from it. But, it has colored display and smartphone remote monitoring, which many stations at this price point do not offer. All in all, it is good value for money for the regular users.
- Includes remote monitoring through a smartphone app
- Can send email and app notifications
- 5 weather instruments at an affordable price
- Colored LCD screen
- Charts and Graphs for weather trends
- Sensor unit is not powered by solar panel and batteries also cannot be recharged using solar panel
- Slow update frequency