Davis Instruments 6250 Vantage Vue Review

Davis probably the best Brand for weather station among all the competitors. Their weather station allows just anyone to find the right combination of sensors, price, accuracy, and reliability. 6250 Vantage Vue is one of their models, it gives you huge value to money.

It is known to provide accurate and frequent weather updates. This wireless station is easy to install and easier to use. It comes packed with all the standard sensors and provides wide array of readings.

Features of the davis 6250

I have to point out that 6250 Vantage Vue are designed for both beginners or professional weather geek. I've been using this model since 2009 and i have to say that it's still strong. The best thing about this model is the transmission and accurate data.

Without any further ado, Let's check out it's features.

Sensors

6250 Vantage Vue features a wireless sensor unit that runs on the solar energy and offers power storage. The integrated solar panels charge the unit during the day. The advanced capacitors store the energy for power supply at night. The sensor unit also supports C Lithium battery backup, but the batteries must be purchased additionally.

The anemometer provides a wide range of wind speed measurement from 3 km/h to 240 km/h. The weather station is also capable of measuring the wind direction in degrees or compass points.

6250 can display the temperature reading ranging from -40 degrees to 65 degrees Celsius. Relative humidity measurement ranges from 0 to 100%.

The sensor unit housing provides effective protection against moisture and elements. This weather station features a corrosion resistant weather proof covering, which makes the unit very durable. It also has a radiation shield which guards the unit from heat and solar radiation.

Davis Instruments 6250 Vantage Vue Sensor

The Integrated Sensor Suit (ISS) aka Outdoor Unit has the following features.

  • Wireless
  • Rain Collector
  • Anemometer
  • Rugged Housing
  • Radiation Shield
  • Temperature/Relative Humidity
  • Easy Installation
  • Wind Direction & Wind Speed
  • Solar Panel
  • Built-in Bubble Level

Transmission

DAVIS 6250 Vantage Vue uses the Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology for transmission in the radio frequency range of 902 to 928 MHz. The transmission and reception are coordinated with the help of the pseudorandom sequence.

It is an advanced technology that significantly enhances the transmission/reception quality and enables transmission over larger distance. 6250 is capable of transmitting the signals to up to 300 meters (nearly 1000ft) from the sensors to the display console.

Models with cellular transmission capabilities are also available in certain countries. A SIM card is required for cellular connection and uses the mobile data network for transmission. Cellular transmission lets you send data over the internet and thus erases the geographical boundaries. You can monitor the weather conditions at the location of the installation from anywhere in the world.

Display

The display of this weather station is available in yellow colour. The LCD display screen is 4.375 inches wide and 3 inches high. The keypad has the backlight that glows in the dark.

If you are running the console on the AC power, the backlight remains on until it is turned off. If you are running the console on battery the backlight remains on for 60 seconds after your last key press.

The LCD Display updates both outdoor temperature in every 10 seconds and indoor temperature every minute. Also, It updates outside humidity every 50 seconds and indoor humidity in every minute.

Here are the list of the things you can do with the LCD Console.

  • Time & Date
  • Moon Phase
  • Forecast
  • Temperature & Humidity
  • Retransmits
  • Barometer
  • Variable Display Options
  • Rain
  • “Change in Weather Since Yesterday” Feature
  • Weather Center
  • User-Friendly Keypad
  • Graphs
  • “This Time Yesterday” Feature
  • Alarms
  • Wind Speed

The console also acts as a repeater. It can retransmit the signal to any other console within the 300m radius.

Advantages of the davis 6250 vantage vue review

    • 6250 Vantage Vue offers an update interval of less than 3 seconds, making it one of the fastest weather stations available
    • The console of this weather station provides a wide range of readings and information
    • You don’t need to purchase any additional repeater if you need to transmit the signals beyond 300m. The console is capable of retransmitting the signal to another 300m.
    • Graphical representation of the data makes it easier to understand and analyze. You can review the graphs for the last few months.
    • The console can display as many as 50 graphs with readings from the sensor on various parameters such as wind speed, atmospheric pressure, rain, temperature and humidity.
    • You can set more than 20 alerts at a time to forewarn you of the dangerous weather conditions. This is a safety mechanism which could be very helpful in the areas where weather conditions are unpredictable and touch the extremes.

Disadvantages of the davis instruments 6250 vantage vue wireless weather station

    • The sensors are solar powered. If you live in the area where it remains overcast most of the times, you will need to purchase additional batteries, which adds to the cost. Moreover, the power storage may not last through the night at all times.
    • Since the station uses the wireless transmission, you need to make sure that there are no obstructions between the sensor unit and console. The obstructions tend to deteriorate the signal quality. However, In most cases it wouldn't be a problem.

More Details

A highly accurate and trustworthy monitoring of weather is offered by this wireless unit. It is easy to set up this unit which is highly durable as well as accurate. Instruments by Davis i.e. the Vantage Vue 6250 comprises of a kit for hardware mounting, a sensor array that is quite strong and one LCD console to create a classic weather monitoring station. Weather condition parameters that are measured by the respective wireless station include barometric pressure, rainfall, wind speed, wind direction, humidity,temperature and dew point. Additionally, it offers many reliable reports when accompanied by a specially designed suit of an integrated sensor.

The Features are:

Vantage Vue 6250 possess satisfactory features. Several reports of the variables of weather can get generated with its console accompanied by a suit array of an integrated sensor. 

Sensor suit of an integrated type (ISS – Integrated Sensor Suit)

This sensor easily senses changes in weather conditions. The data is transferred to its console by the inbuilt wireless sensor suit. Features the unit of ISS of our respective weather station are given here.

This wireless unit offers a transmission 1000 feet (maximum) with its broad frequency spectrum.

The station functions by a solar panel during the day and without the sun, it runs using the reserved solar energy.

Radiation shield of the sensor avoids extra heat thereby aids in generating a more precise report. The readings of relative humidity and temperature furnished by the sensor range between 0% and 100% and between -40 degrees Celsius and 65 degrees Celsius, respectively.

The technology of the tipping bucket comes along with a 0.2 mm resolution and a potential of self-emptying that is possessed by the unit’s rain gauge.

Its Anemometer is the Vantage Vue type. It can measure a range of wind speed from a high 290 km/hour to a low of 3 km/hour. Also, it measures wind direction either using compass points or in degree.

Console

The dimension of the unit’s LCD console is 3 ̎by 4.375 ̎.This dimension makes it quite simple for reading, it has the ability to glow in the dark as well as consists of a keypad that is user-friendly. Rest of its features are as following:

It has icons for forecast which display the condition of weather such as snowy, rainy, cloudy or sunny.

The screen of the LCD console displays the time and date, as well as the sunset/sunrise time of that current day.

There is a routine display of barometric pressure, humidity, and temperature monitoring.The indoor temperature gets updated by the console each while outdoor temperature updates in intervals of 10 minutes. Also, indoor moisture gets updated each minute while outdoor humidity updates in intervals of 50 seconds. There is a display of the barometric pressure decrease, its stability, and its increase.

Total Rain, as well as rate, gets updated at intervals of 20 seconds. Data from the latest 25 hours to several months is recorded by the console. It gets displayed once searched for.

The speed of the Wind is updated at intervals of 2.5 seconds. It also provides an average of 2 to 10 minutes time point. It displays wind speed in miles/hour, meters/second as well as km/hour.

The screen also displays phases of the moon including all 8 phases of the moon, ranging from full moon to new moon.

The wind chill and the heat index are the other variables of weather that are able to be seen, and get updated at intervals of 10 sec.

There is a feature to analyze as well as compare the graphs of individual weather variables such as barometric pressure, temperature, and rain of 25 months (maximum).

The setting of 22 distinct tones of alarms can be done using the console. Right from obtaining alerts of warning in cases of several calamities such as intense freezing conditions, floods, heavy rain, storms, etc.

Installation

Installing Vantage Vue isn’t that simple. You will require to keep aside 30 minutes to get prepared in order to start working on the installation. There are few minor assembling tasks which need to be done like screwing in, attaching, etc. However, you don't need to panic. The instructions by Davis are quite clear and easy.

The console of desktop type needs setup as well. To make its set up a little cumbersome, it doesn’t have any mobile app or website. Nevertheless, it definitely isn’t tough. The process of setting up was closely similar to my previous weather station of Davis that I had done 10 years ago, this got me slightly amused. The saying goes, “If it isn’t broken, don't try to repair it”.

In case you have purchased WeatherLink IP for internet connectivity, then you will require to finish the additional few steps based on the model that is purchased. We shall brief upon that further. Also, we would like to remind you that our guide for buyers contains recommendations for sensor placement. However, kindly note that sensors are obtained all in a single package. So, you will not have the liberty of placing an anemometer at 33 feet (that is recommended) along with a temperature sensor placed at 5 to 6 feet. Thereby, based on the readings that are required by you most importantly, you will need to compromise on your installation height.

Accuracy

Achieving the highest level of performance by Vantage Vue is something that we had anticipated.

During testing, all the sensors had excelled without problems, they were the most accurate than ever seen before. For instance, the sensor of humidity/outdoor temperature frequently very near to the NWS station i.e. our ‘Control’which was at a distance of around 5 five miles. This was highly accurate than any other station that we have ever tested. There is the feature by this station to report the conditions at intervals of 2.5 second (minimum) based on the parameter that is measured. This feature is the best available amidst other stations that we had looked for, and similar to the Vantage Pro2 model.

The sensor shielding of Davis is ultimate. There is a radiation shielding enclosure louvered for the sensor of humidity/temperature. This is recommended for obtaining precise readings. Also, it keeps the temperature readings from rising high since it covers it from direct sunlight. This is the advantage other stations don’t have. Rarely though, we have noticed a few issues arising with readings of humidity, but these were never huge concerns.

The performance of its rain gauge was the best as well. The working of this rain gauge is similar to private weather stations. It utilizes the tipping mechanism which measures the rain with tips of the small cup placed within its gauge. Rainfall measurement from this gauge was mostly accurate and it matched the measurements from the traditional gauge.

Its anemometer consists of a standard vane and cup. This is a method that is favored by the professionals. Although using the sensor package (i.e. 5 in 1) of Vantage Vue, you will not get ananemometer that is not attached to the other sensors. Thereby, you will not succeed in mounting each of the sensors at a height that is recommended to achieve the highest accuracy. Sensors of humidity and temperature accompanied by its rain gauge ought to be fixed at the ‘Eye level’ i.e.5 to 6 feet. Although, the anemometer ought to be at 33 feet in height! Nevertheless, this really isn’t a concern for the model of Pro2, since its anemometer and other sensors are separate. While the model of the Vantage Pro2 by Davis will definitely be the better alternative for people who need a higher precise siting.

Wrapping it up!

I think this is the best option if you’re looking for accuracy and reliable. I know accuracy and reliability doesn’t go hand to hand but this Davis Model is an exception. This could your expensive purchase but i’m sure this will definitely worth it.

Happy Forecasting! 

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About the Author Marvin J. Snyder

I'm the research analyzer and data interpretation here at Weather Station Lab. I test various weather stations and share my conclusion here. Since my childhood, I had a passion towards weather and I'm always fascinated by that. Eventually, I pursued Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Arizona. I hope my contribution will help you to know more about weather stations. Read more about us, here