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Designed to last?
Rain gauge and anemometer failed. Most recently the outside temperature fails to register on the screen. Runs batteries flat within days. Wind vain does not give correct direction. The product barely made it out of warranty before the failures started. Holman responses to other's complaints do not give confidence.
If you want a clock - buy a clock!
I bought the cheapo WS 3022 C Holman "weather station" in Bunnings a year or so ago. A small unit, I didn't expect too much from it but it does have a reasonably large LCD digital clock which was the main reason for the purchase.
The batteries last about five or six months - not too bad. The temperature and humidity indications are, so far as I can tell, reasonably accurate given the price point.
The big gripe is with the clock: it loses several minutes a week - it's now over an hour out despite being re-set every month or two which makes it us...
Purchased at Bunnings.
Extremely inaccurate wind and rain data
I've since returned the unit to Bunnings after 1 month of use.
The anemometer was wildly inaccurate, telling me that during actual hurricane force winds it was only indicating 2 kph and then the opposite when there was no wind at all indicating 15 kph.
Then the rain gauge telling me we had 999.9 mm of rain in the morning was the final straw.
I've since left the Holman range alone and am now using a Nylex weather station, which seems to report accurate readings.
Battery life after six months terrible, connections to battery corrode quickly, "stainless fittings" leaving rust marks on my white wall, wind vane constantly doing 360's, just out of warranty and it's a bin job, save up and purchase something of better quality.
Like its owner: the older it gets the worse it gets
Purchased from Bunnings 18 months ago. Holman WS5029 $99. Worked well for first year. Latest batteries (also from Bunnings) lasted 4 weeks on indoor unit. Holman book says batteries on indoor unit should last 12 months. Info wiped when batteries fail. This is going back to Bunnings - fails the ACCC rules.
Purchased in January 2019 for A$99.00.
Great unit. Been waiting ages to get one. Over the moon.
Seems to be a great unit. Time will tell. Happy so far. Has all the weather features I wanted in a unit. Works well in my house. Easy to set up and install. Instructions are well written and easy to follow.
So many angry reviews, haha
The range is satisfactory, battery longevity is satisfactory and there’s lots of really cool information on its easy to read screen. I don’t understand the negative reviews
The brackets included for attaching are weak and shouldn’t be used. I’ve attached mine to my tv antenna mast and it works like a treat
Look outside... if you buy one of these you will still have too
When i first got it, I charged the battery as required..
it then wouldn't pair... finally got that to work...
Battery was flat following day.
Recharged it.. re-paired it, got five days
Started working for a bit longer..
BUT (yes that is a big but)
When it rained... it wouldn't remember it... no daily tallies... no monthly tallies
It did keep the time ok for 6 months... then the indoor unit needed batteries....
Summery. ...If you buy one of these you will end up frustrated, and have to look outside your self to have any idea... this is NOT a weather station... it is a battery hungry clock... Useless
Don’t buy. You’ll regret it.
Very small wifi range. Less than 10metres. Poor quality screws/bolts and brackets. (Bolts had burrs on them and bracket tore under light pressure) difficult to adjust display settings and can’t change what day it displays.
Can't do anything right - Find another PWS, this is garbage for so many reasons
Setup parameters are not saved.
North/South orientation is not respected, so have to point north, which has solar panel in wrong direction
Timezone is ignored, so you end up with rain accumulation resetting at 11am
Accuracy is dubious, rain was always less than manual guage just 20m away, wind was always lower than local BOM
Batteries lasted 2 months, despite the solar panel, since its roof mounted, not very easy to replace them, whole reason I wanted solar - less maintenance.
No local cache when internet or power is down, so if if either happens, all data is lost for the period.
Can't see a thing.
WS5209 - bought December 2019. Easy to assemble and set up. Seems to work quite well but for some reason 0.7mm is it's favourite reply for any drizzle. I could be wrong though as it's almost impossible to read the screen. I have to hold it under a bright light at just the right angle to be able to read the display. It seems to be a fairly reliable unit but it's painful with the lack of brightness and sharpness on the screen.
Should have left it on the shelf
The temperature sensor sits less than 10 metres from the read out unit and periodically displays the temp and humidity readings like 2 or 3 times a week, and when t does give a reading it so minute to see.
It does not record any info even for 24hrs.
Battery cover on sensor won't slide in, so I had to stand on a ladder and unscrew the whole thing. Not much fun reaching above your head with tiny nuts and bolts. I had to use making tape to secure it. Let's see how long it lasts.
Look somewhere else.
I had this unit for about 3 years. The sensors were mounted on the roof. The unit was purchased from Bunnings for around $150-$200, cannot recall.
A wide range of sensors and is relatively easy to install if you have a place to mount it. Mine was mounted on the plastic air intake/went for the sewer system sticking out of the roof.
Decent battery life on external unit. Needs changing once every 6 to 8 months.
Main unit shows a fair amount of weather data.
The screen is just unreadable, have to be at a perfect angle to read t...
Parts for ws5029 not available
Have Holman ws5029 unit purchased in August 2017. Unit made in12/2016. At first outdoor batteries lasted 6-8 months. Recently battery life has dropped to 2-3 months. Last week the outdoor transmitter died. Contacted Holman and was told the frequency had been changed since my unit was manufactured and the older unit parts are no longer available. Nothing can be done but to buy a complete new unit. The failure of a $15 part makes a $150+ unit worthless. Great for them, not so great for me. I'll be looking else where for my next unit.
Outside Unit keeps failing
I received this WS5029 as a present in January 2020. Since then I've replaced the batteries in the outside unit twice as it keeps failing. Not to much fun we you have to climb on the roof to replace them every couple of weeks.
Got this for Christmas 2018. The batteries only last about a week or so- forever replacing them. It makes a super on going expensive gadget. Also, when the batteries go flat and are replaced the darn thing has to be reset all over again. We should have taken it back to Bunnings- prob too late now. Try any other brand but this one.
I got my iweather station as a gift for Xmas 2018. For the display I have to change my batteries every month. The display sets off an alarm even thought nothing has been displayed for over 4 weeks after the batteries have supposedly gone flat. Now the rain is not being registered. I would of taken it back only I don’t have a receipt as it was a gift. The instructions are not worth the paper they are printed on
Questions & Answers
We have a WS5061 and readings for inside and outside went silly. Changed batteries in both units and inside reading now works fine, but won't pick up the outside unit temperature. (The outside unit temperature is also now working fine; just no "connection" between the 2 units. We have done everything the book says and still won't pick up outside reading. We have not changed anything else except the batteries. At the moment we might as well throw the whole thing away. Any suggestions. Hilary
I have a Holman W55019 which needed new batteries as the screen was dulling. Once changed i can't get it to work. The screen is on, and I tried holding the "mode" button for 3 sec with no success. Also pushed the re-set button on the back with no success ? any ideas ?
Are you able to change the reading time for daily rain amount? Was is the current reading times?
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