Davis Instruments Vantage Pro 2 Wireless Review

Davis Weather Instruments is known for it's high quality products. According to our survey, Davis Weather Monitoring brand is the most highly reputed brand among the weather hobbyist and geeks. 

Davis Vantage Pro2 Wireless
weather station is a very reliable station that provides accurate reading. The sensor suite has been designed using the latest technology and it offers a wide range of weather information.

Here is a quick and detailed review of Vantage Pro2, which will help you determine whether or not you must buy it.

Features

Purpose

Vantage Pro2 is one of the more advanced weather stations by Davis and is suitable for a variety of purposes. It is more like a professional weather station and can be used by farmers, schools, gardeners, restaurants, and sports institutes. Some weather hobbyists or enthusiasts who like to watch and publish weather readings may also use this as a more involved home station.

This station is known for providing accurate readings and thus is also suitable for the professions that have to rely heavily on weather information, such as fishing.

Installation

In spite of being an advanced weather station, Vantage Pro2 offers easy installation because you don’t need to mount every sensors like in other weather station. Davis Brand did a fabulous job by integrating all the important sensors such as rain, wind, temperature and humidity into one single piece of hardware.

It may take a little over an hour to install and set up the station even if you have the basic tools. All the necessary items required for installation are supplied in the box.

Davis Vantage Pro2 Wireless Model

Sensors

Vantage Pro2 comes packed with 4 standard sensors including:

  • Anemometer: Pro2 anemometer is very advanced and is capable of recording wind speeds of up to 170 mph. The readings are quite accurate even when there is thunderstorm or strong wind. It can also give you the average wind speed rating for a particular period of time.
  • Thermometer: Pro2 thermometer is also very reliable. Even in the extreme cold or heat conditions, this weather station provides very accurate temperature readings. The housing of the station features a radiation shield which ensures that the temperature is not affected by heating on the inside.
  • Rain Gauge: Pro2 features a professional-class rain gauge that provides some interesting readings. Not only does it provide the rain density readings, it also tells the rain rate. The magnets are customized according to the area where they are being shipped so that they continue to provide precise readings.
  • Hygrometer: The hygrometer of this weather station provides relative humidity reading in the range of 0 to 100%. The radiation shield of the sensor array housing ensures accurate readings.

Vantage Pro2 supports installation of the additional sensors besides the standard ones in the supply. If you need wider range of weather readings, you can buy sensors for solar radiation, soil temperature, soil moisture, and more.

Transmission

The sensory array of the wireless version of Vantage Pro2 is powered by the solar energy and it uses a low-power broadcasting technology to transmit the data to the console. The sensor unit is capable of transmitting the data to any number of consoles within the range. Hence, you can connect multiple display consoles at various spots inside the house.

The wireless unit can transmit the data up to 1000 ft when there is clear line of sight. However, the obstructions may intervene and reduce the transmission range to 400 ft (sometimes even less depending upon the type of obstruction.)

If you need to transmit the data over a larger distance, you can use the repeaters, which can extend the reception range to up to 2.5 km.

Additional Features

The console of Vantage Pro2 acts as a repeater and hence can retransmit the data to another console, thereby increasing the transmission range. The console also provides weather forecast based on the current and historical data.

Vantage Pro2 Display Console

Display Console will be providing you many weather data which could be useful for both weather geeks and normal people. You can get local weather forecast, Outdoor and Indoor temperature and humidity, barometric trend arrow, rainfall data and much more.

Share Real Time Weather Data via Internet using Weatherlink.com. However, you have to purchase WeatherLinkIP from Davis.net to get this features.

Connect Davis Vantage Pro2 to Internet

The solar energy console also features a backup battery for power supply at night. The console has over 70 alarms for various weather conditions. This weather station is also compatible with the data logger for which the software package is available for purchase additionally.

Advantages

Davis Brand has packed alot of features which could benefit and saves you time. We’ve listed the main & unique advantages of this model which most of the weather monitoring stations doesn’t have.

  • Vantage Pro2 is provides accurate information across all weather parameters
  • This weather station is extremely easy to install and even laymen can do it without any prior knowledge
  • All the installation supplies are included in the box
  • Updates weather data every 2 seconds
  • Customer support is impressive
  • Unique features such as oil moisture and leaf wetness can be beneficial for farmers

Disadvantages

We researched hours but we came to a conclusion that there is not much Cons in Davis Vantage Pro2 model. As you already know, It is an high-end model which is quite expensive, so you get the most out of it. 

  • Vantage Pro2 is a more state-of-art weather station with a bigger price tag. Hence, it is not for those who are looking for low-cost stations.

Wrapping it up

To be honest i couldn’t find any negatives in most of the Davis Weather Station. Vantage Pro 2 Wireless is one of the high-end model which could be expensive but it will be the best investment you would have ever made. In fact, It maybe the best in class. Considering it has a quality hardware, sensors and features, obviously every weather geek and professionals will love it. 

This model also enables you to customize the weather station according to your needs. You can add additional sensors and accessories. It’s upto you.