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Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus 6163

Updated on July 15, 2012
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Davis Instruments manufactures world class weather stations used by amateurs and professionals alike. The Vantage Pro2 Plus 6163 is the best of the best. In this article I will highlight the additional features of several Davis Instruments weather station models over the Vantage Pro2 6152. You can read more about the Vantage Pro2 6152 and similar models here.

There are three Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2 Plus models to choose from: cabled, wireless, and wireless with fan. Each model comes with standard features over the Vantage Pro2. Optional add-ons are available.

At the end of this article I will show you how to get the lowest price for a new Davis Instruments weather station. I will also show you how to purchase powerful internet and computer tools that work with your Davis 6163 weather station, all at a discount and full customer support.

Installation Considerations

Your personal situation will determine which Davis 6163 weather station to buy. Both are easy to install. The wireless (6162) and wireless with fan (6163) take only a few minutes to set up; the cabled (6162C) weather station takes longer, depending on how much cable you need to lay. The cabled weather station is a little cheaper.

The Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus can be attached to a building, on a pole, or a tripod. Review installation option in this previous article on the Vantage Pro2.

Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus 6162C

The 6162C is the Vantage Pro2 Plus model that is cabled. Your 6162C weather station comes with an AC adapter. You need to add three C batteries as well. The AC adapter requirement is a drawback of the 6162C model.

The 6162C comes standard with a 12-hour advance forecast icons and a 24-48 hour forecast ticker.

All Davis Plus models have a rain collector, temperature and humidity sensors, anemometer, UV and solar radiation sensors. Data transfer is by a 100’ cable. The 6162C also comes with a standard radiation shield; a daytime fan-aspired radiation shield is optional.

Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus 6162

The 6162 is the wireless Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus model. You can use the included AC adapter or three C batteries. Weather forecasts and ticker are the same as the 6162C.

Data transfer range is 1000’ by a solar powered transmitter with battery backup.

A standard radiation shield is included with an optional daytime fan-aspired radiation shield available.

Options unavailable on the 6162C, but available on the 6162 and 6163 models are: additional consoles so you can view data in more than one location, special purpose leaf wetness and soil moisture stations that calculate evapotranspiration (great for agriculture), wireless temperature station, and wireless temperature/humidity station.

Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus 6163

The Vantage Pro2 Plus 6163 has everything, including optional features the 6162 has, plus a 24-hour fan-aspired radiation shield. Note that this is different from the optional daytime fan-aspired radiation shield available on the 6162C and 6162 Plus models. This is a “24 hour” fan aspired radiation shield.

WeatherLink

Davis Instruments has a computer program called WeatherLink where you can download all your weather data to the internet. Optional sensors also feed into WeatherLink. WeatherLink allows you to create your own reports and post them to your website. You can link to WeatherLink data from other Vantage Pro2 Plus users around the world and display the information you want on your website.

The National Weather Service allows you to link your weather data to their system so they can produce better weather prediction models. You can participate in the GLOBE program where schools in an international weather program share data.

Data Storage and Transfer

 

You can store up to 6 months of data with a storage interval of 1, 5, 15, 30, 60, or 120 minutes. Data is stored even if your PC is not on.

Your data is live on the internet in minutes and is easy to set up. Web skills are not required; complicated PC setup either.

For agriculture: The data logger can be connected to your irrigation system or to a heater, fan, or any device you want turned on and off by the current weather data. WeatherLink can stream data to a PC and/or a ham radio with a TNC modem.

Solar Power and Shelters

Davis Instruments has a variety of shelters for your weather station outdoor consoles and other components.

Outdoor sensors are powered by the included solar panel and battery. Additional kits are available for more power and longer battery life. Solar kits can be attached to the indoor consoles, too. Solar kits are complete with solar panel, regulator circuit, rechargeable battery, and 20’ cable.

Get Your Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus at a Discount

Davis Instruments has a generous discount for volume resellers. The more you sell, the better the discount. Several Davis Instruments resellers are aggressive in selling large volumes of weather stations to get the maximum discount. They make more money that way. They sell for less, but sell lots more, and get a bigger discount from Davis, the manufacturer.

Where do you get the best deals on a Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2 6163 weather station? Amazon. Amazon’s unique selling structure allows several retailers to offer Davis Instruments weather stations. The lowest prices get listed first on Amazon. Resellers make more profit by selling more weather stations at a deeper discount. And you are the winner.

Buy your Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2 6163 weather station today from Amazon. You will get the best price possible, Amazon’s return policy if unsatisfied, and the best weather station on the market today. Each weather station listed in this article is available at Amazon for under $1,000, some for significantly below $1,000. Enjoy the weather.

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