Pros: Easy to read temperatures from 2 locations on one device.
Cons: You have to read the manual to set the units up.
The Weather Channels Wireless Weather Thermometer
While browsing through many forms of media for suggestions for presents for me, I came across an inexpensive indoor/outdoor temperature gauge. I put this one on my list, and a few weeks later, I was surprised with a Weather Channel Wireless Weather Thermometer.
What is it?
The Wireless Weather Thermometer is 2 lightweight pieces of plastic and circuits that can read temperatures in 2 different locations, as long as the distance is less than 80 feet. Windows, and walls will subtract from that 80 feet by 20 to 30 feet per obstacle.
The remote temperature sensor is placed in a location at least 5 feet away from the indoor temperature station. On the indoor temperature station you can read the time, the temperature of the location of the indoor temperature station, and the current temperature of the remote sensor.
But wait! Theres more! Additional remote sensors can be purchased, including probes so that you can read pool or hot tub temperatures from the comfort of inside your home. The Wireless Weather Thermometer allows up to 3 remote sensors to be read from your indoor temperature station.
How do you get it to work?
Unlike most electronic gizmos we purchase, this wireless weather station is tricky; you cant set it up intuitively like you can a new clock radio. A computer geek on hand will help you get through the set up if you are unable to follow directions.
Step 1. Battery installation. 2 each for the indoor station and 2 each for each remote sensor you want to use. The remote(s) and the indoor station must be 3 to 5 feet apart from each other before you begin. The remote sensors get the 2 batteries first and then the indoor station can have its batteries installed. If you are trying to install 3 remote sensors, the battery installation process must be completed within 6 minutes or the units wont work as expected. After batteries are all installed, DONT TOUCH ANYTHING!
For those people who must touch buttons as soon as you see a display, grab one of your kids toys or your spouse, and play with that until its time to continue. If you try to start gerfingerpoking on the 2 buttons on the indoor station, you wont get accurate readings. The instructions strongly inform you that you must wait 10 minutes before the next step.
Step 2. The next step. After 10 minutes, you should see that both units have their temperatures displayed on the indoor station. Now you can take your remote and stick it anywhere you want (preferably in a dry shaded area, fog and humidity are fine, but you should keep it out of direct rain). The indoor station has only 2 buttons on the front. The top button has SET and CHANNEL on either side of it, and the bottom button has RESET/+ and MIN/MAX on either side of that.
Using the 2 buttons, you can set the time feature with either 12 hour or 24-hour displays. This process was very fast and easy.
Step 3. Impress your friends and loved ones. Sadly thats easier said than done, because if you actually own one of these cute little devices, everyone will know youre a weather geek AND an electronic geek. I, sad to admit, am both. But incase anyone really is interested, the LCD display on the light indoor station reads the time on top, the indoor station in the middle and the remote station on the bottom.
Besides the additional remotes that you can purchase, the Wireless Weather Thermometer comes with all you need to mount each unit. The indoor station also comes with a table stand if you dont want to mount the unit.
On the indoor station there is also a Min/Max feature. Pushing the Min/Max button the first time will show you the low temperature recorded at what time. Pushing the Min/Max button again, will show you the maximum temperature recorded and the time for that also.
My thoughts and recommendations
On sale, this unit cost less than $20 for the indoor station and the remote. I really enjoy having this wireless temperature station. The hassles and peculiarities of the set up were a one-time deal, and Ive had months of usage with nothing else to do.
In energy-starved California, I try to use natures cooling or heating before I turn on a heater or air conditioner. I use the wireless temperature station, as a guide to see when is the right time to close up or open up the windows and doors. This has probably saved more than the cost of the unit in energy consumption.
I keep the indoor temperature station on my desk at home. I love having a silent clock to keep track of the time.
I would recommend this as a perfect gift for anyone whos a fan of The Weather Channel or loves electronic gadgets, or for those who are keeping their geekness a secret, this is a great gadget to buy for oneself.