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Davis Instruments 6163

Davis Instruments 6163

Wireless Vantage Pro2 Plus w/ Fan Aspiration
Model: 6163
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DESCRIPTION

OVERVIEW

If you're looking for a superior weather station, the Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus Weather Station is as good as they come! Vantage Pro2 offers the professional weather observer and the serious weather enthusiast rugged performance and a wide range of options and sensors. You'll get your own local forecast, highs and lows, totals or averages, and graphs for virtually all weather variables over the past 24 hours, days, months or years - all without using a PC. Vantage Pro2 is also an excellent choice for emergency professionals, farmers, schools, researchers, municipalities, and others to monitor wind and moisture conditions, irrigation requirements, and potential flooding. It can be customized with a range of add-on options, such as additional temperature and humidity sensors, soil moisture stations, and long and short-range repeaters.

Two key factors that set the Vantage Pro2 apart from many other complete weather stations are the refresh rate and the transmission distance:

  • Refresh Rate - A packet of data is sent from the outdoor transmitter to the receiver every 2 1/2 seconds! This means when you look out the window and see the wind blowing, the weather station will reflect it almost immediately.
  • Transmission Distance (wireless models) - The first in its consumer price range to use frequency hopping spread spectrum radio technology, the Vantage Pro2 can transmit and receive data up to 1000' (300 m) line of sight. This is a much greater distance than most other weather stations. This technology also provides improved reception through multiple walls and greater immunity from RF interference.

The Davis Vantage Pro2 provides extensive additional information for each weather variable. These include daily highs and lows, temperature changes by the hour, air pressure changes and astronomical data such as moon phase and meteor showers. Additional consoles can be purchased for placement in other areas of your home such as a den, bedroom or backyard.

To make viewing weather data easier at night, Davis designed the Vantage Pro2 console with an easy-to-read backlit LCD display. A data collecting device in its own right, the console's built in sensors provide indoor temperature and humidity as well as barometric pressure measurements.

The Vantage Pro2 6163 outdoor Integrated Sensor Suite (ISS) is energized by a solar panel during the day and stored energy for power at night, making it an ideal product or gift for the "green" consumer. The Davis 6163 also includes Davis Instruments patented 24-hour Fan-Aspirated Radiation Shield for maximum accuracy of temperature and humidity readings. Fan aspiration is recommended if temperature accuracy is a concern and the unit will be installed in a location where the temperature is regularly above 90°F with little or no moving air. The patented, solar-powered, 24-hour fan aspirated radiation shield combines active and passive aspiration to minimize this effect.

The system has additional radiation shield plates and a second solar power panel, which powers a motor-driven fan. The fan draws air through the sensor chamber 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Airflow across the sensors is 500 feet per minute (2.5 m/s). At night, when the effects of radiation are less, the solar-powered model runs on battery power and the airflow is 280 feet per minute (1.4 m/s). In far northern or southern latitudes, or in areas with extended periods of heavy cloud cover, there may not be enough sunshine to power the fan or recharge the battery during the winter. However, as the level of sunlight goes down, the need for fan aspiration also diminishes. The fan will start running and the battery will recharge as soon as sufficient sunlight returns.

Vantage Pro2 Plus models include two additional sensors:

  • Solar Radiation Sensor measures solar radiation and solar energy. You can display solar radiation, highs for the day, month, and year as well as evapotranspiration and Temp/Hum/Sun/Wind (THSW) index, and set alarms for high readings. The diffuser element and housing are carefully designed for accurate cosine response. Silicon photo diode provides good match to solar spectrum. Two-piece housing minimizes radiation heating, allows convection cooling of the sensor, and prevents the trapping of water or dust.
  • UV Radiation Sensor measures the sunburning portion of the UV spectrum. Allows you to display UV index, UV index for the day, the daily, monthly, and yearly highs; or change scale to see UV in current, hourly and daily MEDs, dose rate, and daily and accumulated dose. You can also set an alarm to warn of high UV dose/index. Multilayer filter provides a spectral response that closely matches the Erythema Action Spectrum. Diffuser provides excellent cosine response. Two-piece housing minimizes radiation heating, allows convection cooling of the sensor, and prevents the trapping of water or dust.

You can set over 70 alarms on the Vantage Pro2 for multiple functions simultaneously. You can view over 80 graphs including additional analysis of temperature, rain, rain rate, wind, and barometric pressure without a computer. The ticker-tape display shows forecast details and additional information with over 100 different messages. You can even link it to your PC via Vantage Pro2 WeatherLink software and upload near real-time weather information to your website.

All Davis Vantage Pro 2 Complete Weather Station models include:

  • Console with AC power adapter. Wireless console may also be powered using three C batteries.
  • Integrated sensor suite with rain collector, temperature and humidity sensors, and anemometer. The temperature and humidity sensors are integrated beneath the rain collector (very nice).
  • 40 foot (12 meter) anemometer cable. The anemometer connects to the Sensor Interface Module (SIM) on the side of the rain gauge.
  • AeroCone with bird spikes. The AeroCone rain collector reduces wind-induced errors by providing a more aerodynamic path around the collector. Its contours are designed to streamline the airflow and reduce flow distortions. The design improves rain data accuracy in high wind situations where the horizontal wind velocity can cause under reporting. The inside of the rain collector is equally well designed, keeping intact the carefully engineered interior walls that reduce splash out during high rain conditions. The new debris screen locks into place, ensuring that it remains in place during high winds and heavy rainfall events. The rain collector has optional spikes that can be installed to avoid potential nesting.

Not sure which model to choose? Visit our Davis Weather Stations Comparison Chart to help you decide. Includes the Davis Vantage Vue weather station as well.

Note: We do carry magnetic compasses to help you orient your anemometer to true north. Those can be located under the "Accessories" tab. For more information on set up, please visit the anemometer page on our WeatherShack education center.

Maximum Number of Each Transmitting Station Type:

Transmitting Station (total number cannot exceed 8)   Displayed on Console Logged by WeatherLink
Integrated Sensor Suite (included with station) One (1) One (1)
Anemometer Transmitter Kit (Davis 6332) One (1) One (1)
Leaf & Soil Moisture/Temp Station (Davis 6345) Two (2)* Two (2)*
Temperature Station (Davis 6372) Eight (8) Three (3)**
Temperature/Humidity Station (Davis 6382) Eight (8) Two (2)**
* One fully-populated station or two partially-populated stations (see Davis 6345).
** WeatherLink will log a maximum of three (3) Davis 6372 Temperature Stations or one (1) Temperature Station and two (2) Davis 6382 Temperature/Humidity Stations.
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Vantage Weather Stations Console Features
    Click here for a detailed comparison chart of Davis Vantage Weather Stations console features.
  • Solar Powered Integrated Sensor Suite
    The wireless, rugged outdoor sensor suite runs on solar power. A lithium battery provides backup at night and during cloudy, winter days. The cabled version receives power from the base station.
  • Solar Powered Fan-Aspirated Radiation Shield
    Includes additional radiation shield plates and a second solar power panel, which powers a motor-driven fan.
  • Temperature
    Current inside and outside temperature, and for each of the last 24 hours. High and low temperature alarms.
  • Humidity
    Current inside and outside humidity, and for each of the last 24 hours. High and low humidity alarms.
  • Barometric Pressure
    Current and for each of the last 24 hours. Five position trend arrow shows whether pressure is rising, falling, or stable. High pressure warning for storm clearing (rising trend) and low pressure for storm warning (falling trend).
  • Rainfall
    Rainfall for the last 15 minutes and the last 24 hours, 24 days, 24 months, and 24 years. Flash flood and 24 hour rain alarms. Rain gauge uses tipping bucket (self-emptying) technology.
  • Rain Rate
    Current and for each of the last 24 hours. Rain rate alarm.
  • Rain Storm
    Rainfall for the last 24 storms, with beginning and ending dates for each storm. Rain storm warning and alarm.
  • Wind Speed
    Current wind speed. Average for the last ten minutes and each of the last 24 hours. High and average wind speed alarms.
  • Wind Direction
    Current and for the last 24 hours, 24 days, and 24 months. Direction of high wind speed.
  • Wind Chill
    Current wind chill. Wind chill alarm.
  • Dew Point
    Current and for each of the last 24 hours. High and low dew point alarms.
  • Heat Index
    Current and for each of the last 24 hours. Heat index alarm.
  • Solar Radiation
    View solar radiation, highs for the day, month, and year as well as evapotranspiration and THSW index. Set alarms for high readings.
  • Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation
    View current UV index, UV index for the day, the daily, monthly, and yearly highs; or change scale to see UV in current, hourly and daily MEDs. Set alarm to warn of high UV dose/index.
  • Highs & Lows
    For most weather variables, with time and/or date, for each of the last 24 hours.
  • Sunrise/Sunset & Moon Phase
    Time of sunrise/sunset and moon phase at your location - it even takes daylight savings time into account!
  • On screen graphing
    Graph current conditions, averages, or highs and lows for the last 24 hours, days, months, or years.
  • Your Own Forecast
    The Vantage Pro2 forecast icons show sun, part sun, clouds, and rain, or snow. You may also check the scrolling ticker-tape at the bottom of the display for more details.
  • Optional Sensors
    Soil moisture, soil temperature, and more.

Major Dimensions:

  • Console: 10.625" x 6.125" x 1.625" (270mm x 156mm x 41mm)
  • LCD Display: 5.94" x 3.375" (151mm x 86mm)
  • ISS Anemometer Side:
    14 1/2" x 5 1/4" x 17 1/2" (370mm x 130mm x 445mm)
  • ISS Rain Collector Side:
    11" x 9" x 20" (330mm x 230mm x 510mm)

Backup Battery Life:

  • Wireless Vantage Pro2 Console/Receiver: 274 days
  • Wireless Vantage Pro2 Sensors: 240 days
  • Note: Actual battery life will vary depending on station setup and usage.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

CUSTOMER REVIEWS
Average Customer Rating 4.9 5 stars (based on 42 reviews)

Displaying reviews 1-10 of 42
By Bill
From Paulden, AZ, AZ
5 stars Vantage Pro 2
11/10/2018
This is my second Vantage pro 2 station. My first station lasted over 10 years and was left at my old house with the new homeowners. I set this unit up to monitor my small farm field conditions. Works great and has been exactly what was needed. I have my own station on WU so I can monitor conditions anywhere. I highly recommend this station for anyone who needs very accurate weather info.
By Brian
From Moreno Valley, CA
5 stars Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus
10/02/2018
My old Oregon WMR 968 has been up and running for about 15 years and pretty much trouble free until recently so I decided to replace it with a current station, WOW! It has everything I needed for my dry location. setup was straightforward, that is reading the instructions prior to delivery and knowing what to expect. Seems well made, need to have a scheduled maintenance plan to keep it running. No more having a PC running 24/7 to upload data to WeatherUnderground. If you want a well built station, get a Davis.
By Larry
From MD, MD
5 stars Great weather station
09/15/2018
easy to setup and works flawlessly. Only problem I had was that Davis didn't pack all the parts in the box that I needed. I called Weathershack and they contacted Davis. I received the parts from Davis in about a week.
By Chip
From Tucson, AZ
5 stars The best value
08/13/2018
This is my second purchase from WeatherShack.com. After relocating, I missed my old system. I stayed with Davis and their Vantage Pro2 Wireless which is slightly updated from my previous version of the same model I had used in the Mojave Desert for 10 years. Improved are the now included bird spikes (I used a bit of rabbit wire fence and zip ties before) and a built in debris screen, as well as the solar panel for the fan. The shape has changed but the innards are identical. I expect I will get the same excellent service as before here in the Sonoran Desert. There is no better deal than to purchase from WeatherShack.com and Davis Instruments.
By JEFF
From chinle, AZ
5 stars Davis Solar-Powered Wireless Vantage Pro2 Plus w/ Fan Aspira
08/10/2018
was so easy to assemble and set up its so nice I even went and ordered another console
By Gaylord
From Sundance wy, WY
5 stars Hail Damage
07/26/2018
My 10 year old Davis was destroyed by a hail storm with 3" hail stones. Sure good to have the new one working!
By Kenny
From Sunbury, OH
5 stars Great unit
05/19/2018
Of course it's pricey but well built and very precise. Wonderful unit and super range. My unit is approx 300ft away and down slight hill with buildings in the way. No signal issues
By Steve
From Sherwood, AR
5 stars Awesome station
04/23/2018
My last one lasted 18yrs. Hoping for 20 out of this one
By Barbara
From Los Alamos, NM
5 stars Great instrument
12/25/2017
Very well made, easy to set up anduse
By Rob
From Indian lake estates, FL
5 stars Vantage Pro2 Plus w/fan aspiration (6163)
05/11/2017
Impressive instrument package, all readings seem right on the money. The fan aspiration is essential for accurate readings in this climate. This top of the line unit gives combined local readings, such as t.h.s.w. that takes heat index to a more accurate level. I am enjoying this product immensely, and will probably get the computer interface so as to monitor conditions at the house in the event of a hurricane evacuation.

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