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 on the included Vantage Pro2 console. 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 - 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. 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 model 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. The ticker-tape display shows forecast details and additional information with over 100 different messages.

To view your weather data either on a PC, MAC or to stream the data to the online cloud you may purchase a WeatherLink data-logger and upload near real-time weather information.

All Davis Vantage Pro2 Complete Weather Station models include:

  • Console with AC power adapter. Wireless console may also be powered using three C batteries. Batteries should also be added to cabled console for backup during power outages.
  • 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.

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 13 1/2" (280mm x 230mm x 340mm)

Backup Battery Life:

  • Vantage Pro2 Console/Receiver: 274 days
  • 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 49 reviews)

Displaying reviews 1-10 of 49
By Mark
From Princeton, TX
5 stars Davis Pro2Plus
07/17/2019
I'm very pleased with all aspects of the unit!
By Harry
From Hope Mills, NC
5 stars Complete Station
06/13/2019
Contains all the sensors for a complete home weather station including uv and solar radiation sensors. Nicely packaged together. Easy setup and mounting. The daytime aspirated fan provides more accurate temperature measurements. Using the optional 6100 Weatherlink live internet interface allows the monitor to be mounted anywhere you desire and still stream live data.
By Gary
From San Angelo, TX
5 stars professional quality system
06/02/2019
The quality of this system is evident upon unpacking. It is of professional quality technology and was installed after some time of thinking through the installation. The first night of being installed a storm dumped four-inches of rain on it to baptize the system entering operation. The thing that inexpensive systems will give you is a desire for a system of this quality. Highly recommended.
By Dan
From Catawissa, PA
5 stars Great Mothers day present.
06/01/2019
I purchased this for mom as she is a bit of a weather geek. The installation was easy, and the ISS looks great where it is mounted.
By Ken
From Altamont, NY
5 stars Simply the Best
05/10/2019
After years of studying and using lesser expensive units that don't last I've finally realized my dream of owning the Cadillac of weather stations. Everything about it is quality. The look the feel and performance are exactly what I expected and received. Couldn't be happier with my purchase and the Weather shack for price, pre and post sales support.
By Steve
From Log Hill Mesa, CO
5 stars Fantastic Station
04/12/2019
This weather station is fantastic. Everything worked great right out of the box. Being solar and off the grid we especially like the solar sensor. You can measure exactly how much sun you got in a day (in Langleys). We intend to use the solar readings to determine how much solar we lose from wildfire smoke. The monitor could use an upgrade with satellite time keeping and WIFI or Bluetooth instead of the current wired computer interface system (USB or serial). The monitor does have incredible reception with the station.
By Brandon
From Wethersfield, CT
5 stars Fantastic
01/23/2019
Love the easy setup and clear instructions. Very simple to link to remote and appears very accurate.
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.

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