LaCrosse S88907 Forecast Station Review

LaCrosse S88907 Forecast Station Review
I would like to offer a review of a very worthy option. In taking a very detailed look at the LaCrosse Model #88907 Forecast Station, I found a model that you may want to consider as a choice. This colored display is well received by many happy customers and, for the price of it, could be a welcomed addition to your busy life.

The device is perfect for the person who likes a couple of weather things supplied to them every day. If you look for the temperature outside, and if you would like some idea of what the weather will be like in the next twelve hours than this station could be for you.

At a quick glance your display will show you the outside temperature, and it will also be supplying you with an icon that is depicting a weather condition. As an example it may look just cloudy to you outside, but the icon is showing heavy rain. This would be very helpful to you.

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You would grab a raincoat and an umbrella before you leave the house. You are now prepared for the predicted downpour a very useful tool for you to have.

If however you were in the need for a more detailed forecast for the next few days, this would not be the right tool for you. Let’s say you are planning a golf outing on Saturday, and it’s Tuesday- you would need more sophisticated weather equipment.

Type of instruments

This model from LaCrosse includes indoor & outdoor thermometers and a barometer which is used to roughly forecast the upcoming weather with a series of animated weather icons.

The accuracy of the forecast is 70-75%, according to the manufacturer, and this seems to line up with actual experience. It does need 3-4 weeks of learning in order to reach a stable state.

During that time it is recording historical information about the barometric pressure in your own yard in order to understand your environment and use that information in its prediction model.

Please note the unit does not have a rain gauge, nor an anemometer, nor any other type of weather measuring tool. The 88907 forecast station uses a remote sensor to measure (Temperature) and collect (Barometric sensor) .La Crosse S88907 Forecast Station
This information is transmitted inside to your display unit.

Instrument sensors

Indoor Temperature Range:
+32°F to +122°F (0°C to 50°C)
Humidity Range: 1% -99% (RH)
Outdoor
Temperature Range: 40°F to 140°F (40°C to 60°C)

Alkaline Batteries test out to 20°F to 140°F (29°C to 60°C)
Lithium Batteries test out to 40°F to 20°F (40°C to 29°C)

PLEASE NOTE: Temperatures below 20°F (29°C) require Lithium batteries in the remote sensor

Humidity Range: 1% to 99% (RH)

Type of Transmission

lacrosse-s88907-forecast-stationThe type of transmission is wireless at 433 MHz, and can be done from the remote to the display unit at up to 300 ft. (91 meters). Many people do report a couple of things that effect the transmission. One is the distance of the remote sensor from the main display.

The other is to make sure you pick a shaded location where the remote sensor can be located, so that exposure to direct sunlight is minimal, and it is somewhat protected from the rain and snow/moisture elements.

While it says the remote is water resistant, why push your luck on it.

Display

The Display is featured as a color display. The color is definitely prominent when looking at the display facing. Let’s take a tour of what you will find on display for your viewing.

The current time is shown as either a 12 hour am or pm reading or can be selected to show time in a 24 hour format. This is the WWVB Atomic clock. It is set to the atomic clock in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Then to the right of that is a calendar display which shows as day of the week and the month/day also is seen.

The atomic clock for this works for 7 different Time Zones.

HAST, AKST, PST, MST, CST, EST, AST

  • AST – Atlantic Standard Time / Atlantic Time (Standard Time)
  • EST – Eastern Standard Time / Eastern Time (Standard Time)
  • CST-Central Standard Time/ Central Time (Standard Time)
  • MST-Mountain Standard Time/ Mountain Time (Standard Time)
  • PST-Pacific Standard Time/ Pacific Time (Standard Time)
  • AKST – Alaska Standard Time (Standard Time)
  • HAST – Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (Standard Time)

Keep in mind that the unit is supported for proper operation in these time zones, and there are no guarantees if you buy to use in other time zones in the world.

If you have activated the alarm setting, that will show up as being set in this area as well, by way of a little alarm icon.

Lower down the front facing you will see the animated forecast tendency icon display. Below that you have the remote temperature setting and then you see the in door temperature setting as well.
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There are six animated color forecast icons that are used by the Intelligent Weather Forecast on the display. They are:

  • Sunny
  • Partly Sunny
  • Cloudy
  • Rainy
  • Stormy
  • Snowy

The weather station samples the barometric pressure every 12 min.

These samples are averaged hourly and daily then stored in nonvolatile memory. What non volatile memory is, it is computer memory that is stored, so that it may be refreshed (brought to recall) even if there is a power outage. So if your batteries run out of power the information is still there for you.

The three hour pressure icon change is based off of the last four average hourly readings.

Next take a look at the explanation for the trend indicators icons and the right side of the indoor & outdoor temperature displays. The trending reports are on the right side of each.

Temperature/Humidity Trend Indicators explanation:

The indoor and remote temperature humidity icons will update every 30 minutes. There are three icons for this.

  • Icon number one: temperature has risen in last three hours, humidity has risen in last three hours RISING TRENDlacrosse-s88907-forecast-station
  • Icon number two: temperature has not changed in the past three hours, humidity has not changed in last three hours STEADY TREND
  • Icon number three: temperature has fallen in the last three hours, humidity has fallen in the last 3 hours FALLING TREND

At the bottom of the facing plate will be any temperature alerts you have set up for yourself. The alerts are available for both indoor and outdoor (remote Sensor) settings. You are able to set a low temperature alert and/or a high temperature alert for both situations.

Some examples of where this would come in very handy, you could set up the outdoor low alert for 34 degrees Fahrenheit, so that you would have time to go outside and cover your plants to protect them from freezing.

Another example would be for indoor, you could set the indoor low temperature alert for maybe 60 degrees if you needed to be alerted overnight to either close your windows or turn your furnace on to stay warm.

I know often our home heats up to 75 degrees in the summer time, but we love to sleep with the windows open, but I would like to know if the temperature inside has dipped down to a chilly 60 degrees, because I would then close the windows.

All of this in mind with saving money on my energy bill, of course.

Upon further examination of the display facing, on the lower right hand side is an interesting indoor humidity comfort setting gauge which shows you how comfortable your house is at the present time.

Further study shows the room comfort icons are determined by these factors.
In taking a peak at the indoor comfort icon on the display it will show you five different status readings.

  • Too Humid-First Arrow colored Blue
  • Humid-Second arrow colored Blue
  • Good-Third Arrow colored Green
  • Dry-Fourth Arrow colored Orange
  • Too Dry- Fifth Arrow colored Orange

The display unit also has settings for heat/dew, time set and snooze/light high/low settings. These are on the right hand edge of the display unit.

The Heat/Dew Buttons are there to alert you to changes. The Heat Index if pressed will give you a reading of how comfortable it is taking into account the temperature and moisture content.

Whereas the Dew Point is simply the temperature at which the present moisture content in the air would condense. This level could affect how comfortable or chilly the air maybe be to different people. Some like the air dryer, some may like it with more moisture content. This may be important to people with breathing health issues.

The last thing is that there are buttons on the lowest right hand corner on the front for Alerts and for the alarm as well. These are any temperature alerts you may have set up.

Some customers have suggested that you may want to keep the main display unit plugged into to the power outlet. The reason for this is, because the display readings are not as bright and visible with just the AA batteries furnishing the power to the display.

lacrosse-s88907-forecast-stationWe believe this is a vital point with customers. With the display unit not plugged in with the AC adapter, many people report that the display just does not light up enough for their easy viewing.

It appears that under just battery power, people do struggle with the way the display functions for them. With just battery powering the display, often you will have to find the display backlight button on the side, to brighten it for you.

Finding the backlight button on the side is very difficult, and then it will only light up properly for 10 seconds. For some, the elderly or the handicapped, it couldn’t be done easily. For others, it could become a point of agitation, enough so you may be wishing you had never purchased the product.

Let’s say you have it mounted on the wall, you will not want to have to walk over to it to just get a proper look.

So please consider the attractiveness of the colored displayed versus the backlighting situation, in your purchasing decision.

Manufacturer/Support for the LaCrosse S88907

La Crosse Technology, Ltd. provides a 1 year limited time warranty (from date of purchase) on this product
relating to manufacturing defects in materials & workmanship.
View full warranty
details online at: www.lacrossetechnology.com/warranty_info.pdf
For warranty work, technical support or other information contact:

La Crosse Technology, Ltd
2830 South 26th St.
La Crosse, WI 54601

Contact Support: 1-855-605-6888

Dimensions

Display unit:
6.1” W x 9.6” H x 1.06” D (155.9 x 243.8 x 26.9 mm)

Remote Sensor:
1.74″L x .81″W x 5.1″H (44.2 x 20.5 x 130mm

How Powered

The LaCrosse 88907 Forecast Station is powered with 3 AAA batteries. It also comes with an 5.0V AC power adapter which can be plugged into your electrical outlets. Most customers use the supplied power AC adapter rather than deal with the start up process that you will have to go through if your battery power runs low and the unit shuts down.

The adapter can be used as a 120 Volt electric. As I know it does not work with 110V, 127V, 220v or 230V or 240V or any other outside the USA power supplies.

The power cord is about 3 feet long and brick is about the size of a typical smartphone power brick.

The remote is powered with 2 AA batteries. It is suggested that these AA batteries would be Lithium batteries. The Lithium batteries will work at much lower outside temperatures than normal AA batteries, thus preventing remote sensor power outages.

Please be aware of this if you live in colder climates.

LaCrosse 88907 Accessories

The remote sensors TX141TH-A, TX141TH-Av2, TX141TH-B (433 MHz) are compatible to be used with this Forecast Station.

5.0V AC Adapter #GPU280500150WD00

Pros

  • Full Color Display
  • Alarm Clock/Snooze setting
  • Atomic reception clock/ accurate time keeper
  • Time can be displayed either 12 or 24 hour setting
  • 5.0 volt adapter included
  • Temperature settings may be shown in either Celsius or Fahrenheit
  • Adjustable Backlight controls
  • WWVB self setting time and date with automatic daylight saving time updateslacrosse-s88907-forecast-station
  • Animated color forecast icons with pressure tendency temperature alerts (in/out)
  • Perpetual Calendar (day,month,date)
  • Signal Strength icon for sensor transmission
  • Outdoor temperature (°F/°C) with trend
  • Outdoor humidity (%RH) with trend indicator
  • Indoor Humidity (%RH) with trend indicator
  • Indoor temperature (°F/°C) with trend
  • Customize IN/OUT temp. alerts (low/high) for weather station and remote sensor
  • Indoor comfort level based on humidity
  • Heat index and dew point
  • MIN/MAX temperature and humidity
  • Station and sensor low battery icon
  • Kickstand built in so you can sit it up on a table

LaCrosse 88907 Cons

  • Batteries not included
  • Weather tendency indicator icons are consistently moving. Motion is a distraction
  • It does not have a USB port
  • No software connected to it
  • Can not connect to outside weather collector networks like weather underground
  • Hard to view from any angles
  • Brightness fades from screen fast
  • Some important setting buttons are on the side, not as convenient
  • Very dim during the daytime, hard to see then
  • Remote sensor loses transmissions
  • Reported lag time in the accuracy of the readings

Consumer Ratings

The unit is easily mounted on a wall, or you can set it on a desk top or a shelf somewhere. However this does create a problem for many owners. One highly mentioned problem is that the display doesn’t shown well unless two things come into play.

One is you need to hit the display button, which happens to be on the right hand side. If fastened to the wall, you will not be doing that. The other thing is that the display is dim without the power adapter hooked up to it. This means the display can only be near an outlet.

As I earlier reported the power adapter cord is only three feet long. So please realize these possible limitations for you when you are considering to purchase or not.

Many owners report the display only lights up well for a couple of seconds before the brightness diminishes. Also-if you can look straight on it is easily seen. If you look up at or down at the icons, they are difficult to read.

The brightness, hi/low temp, dew point buttons are all on the right hand side of the display. If the display is mounted they are very difficult to use. If you are elderly or a handicapped person this would not be something you would probably wish to deal with.

If you could use the unit, by using the kickstand to set on a desk, and you are able to plugin in the display, then we believe you could find many hours and years of very enjoyable, productive use from this equipment. A well made decision.

There are situations for which this forecast station would be a very adequate, and sound purchase. If you use time, temperature and a mildly accurate weather prediction for planning out your daily life, this weather station from LaCrosse would fit well. The cost to you would be very affordable and the upkeep very minimal.

If you are a weather geek or you need much more detailed weather information, you would be very remiss to even spend any time looking at this forecast station as a purchase. While it is very lacking in any instruments you would be looking to get your hands on, you simply would find it to be more of a reporting station.

So if you are into using detailed weather information for planning out a family trip to a local park, or maybe even taking your convertible out for a drive, this is not for you.

Price


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Overall we recommend this a solid purchase for the amount of money you are putting into it. It comes highly reviewed by customers and well reviewed by far the large majority of those past purchasers.

When considering to purchase or not, examine the units value to you. There are many attractive features offered to you with this unit.

If you are able to work around a few of the down points, we believe you will find great value in the LaCrosse 88907 Color Forecast Station.

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Model Number: S88907