When looking into a good home weather station the 2 main choices are battery powered and solar power. In the past most home weather units where battery operated and needed to have the batteries replaced almost weekly. When life gets busy sometimes you simply may forget that the batteries are dead and then you’re not receiving your weather information anymore.
Another issue with those old type batteries is their often damaged by rain or snow and then began to corrode and damage your home weather station. Having solar electricity power your weather station makes sense simply because the solar power of the sun is free.
Picking a Solar Power Home Weather Station
I recommend you get a weather station that operates off small solar panels to deal with the issues related to dead batteries. Yes solar power stations have batteries…They are rechargeable and are well enclosed in the unit. These types of batteries can stand up to the elements better and have a very long life.
The stored solar power is enough to power your home weather station during the night and then recharges the internal batteries during the day. You can get a complete recharge of your batteries with about 4 to 6 hours of daylight. Some Solar Power Weather Stations make use of a supercapacitor which has enough stored power to operate the unit during the night. And only when the supercapacitor is discharged will the unit draw power from the batteries.
3 Tips for Installing a Solar Power Home Weather Station
Light Requirements… Because these devices only need a few hours of daylight hours to charge you can use these solar power stations in locations where there may be fewer hours of daylight. Not sure if you’ll get enough light just contact the manufacturer and they may be able provide some solutions for you.
Sensor Location… Make sure you install the sensor somewhere it will get the most hours of daylight. Again the manufacturer can provide the ideal places to get the most of the sunlight and daylight for the weather station.
Reading Accuracy… The best home weather stations have anticipated that you will put your senor in direct sunlight and have added shielding to protect the sensor for the sun’s rays as well as added some cooling fans. This will ensure accurate readings.