Editor’s note: Ambient Weather WS-1171 is now available. Clicking the Buy button will take you to this version for purchase. We will evaluate, rank and review WS-1171 when we next update the Weather Stations reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about the Ambient Weather WS-11.
The Ambient Weather WS-11 personal weather station has a large colorful display and provides room for eight sensors. It measures both relative and absolute barometric pressure, rarely found in most units in this price range.
Measurements are backlit, and the display color changes based on the temperature from purple for cold temperatures to red for hotter ones. Color schemes may be personalized, and the weather icons make checking the forecast easy from a distance.
Measuring indoor and outdoor temperature as well as humidity, this ambient weather station provides both highs and lows for the day along with an easy to read graph. Indoor temperature readings range from 32 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and outdoor temperatures are capable of reporting lows of -40 degrees Fahrenheit. You can choose to display either Celsius or Fahrenheit temperature measurements. Temperatures have a 1 degree of accuracy.
Indoor and outdoor humidity measurements are accurate between 20 and 90 percent and have a low margin of error, and the weather station measures barometric pressure in inches of mercury. This wireless weather station can measure both relative and absolute pressure, which is an unusual feature at this price point.
The base uses four AA batteries and two AAA batteries for the remote sensor. The battery life for the base of this personal weather station is approximately 12 months. The manufacturer advises the use of lithium batteries in the sensor in below-zero weather conditions.
Wireless transmission can reach an unobstructed distance of 300 feet using a frequency of 433MHz. Generally, the transmission distance for this wireless weather station averages about 100 feet. The unit updates approximately every 60 seconds.
The Ambient Weather WS-11 comes with a wireless thermo-hygrometer to measure temperature and humidity. This personal weather station has the capacity for eight channels, and additional sensors are available and sold separately. Sensors, including a spa or pool thermometer and a thermometer probe, are available, and this wireless system allows easy substitution for the included sensor.
Alarms for temperature and humidity are easily programmable for indoor measurements, and one is available for outdoor sensor results. This weather station comes with a one-year warranty.
The unit is a lower priced personal weather station that is easily set up and provides accurate results. This system offers a highly readable display with color backlight as well as the ability to expand the number of sensors.