Ecowitt Low Battery Icons

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Ecowitt Low Battery Icons

Post by K7RMK » Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:39 pm

I am running a GW1000 station and am getting a low battery symbol for both the rain gauge and anemometer. They are both brand new with new batteries and the Ecowitt app does not show low batteries. Is the low battery feature in meteobridge supposed to work properly with Ecowitt hardware?

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WH32 - Outdoor Temperature and Humidity Sensor
WS68 - Anemometer with Light & UV Sensor
WH40 - Rain Gauge Sensor
(x4) WH31 - Add-on Temperature and Humidity Sensor
(x2) WH51 - Soil Moisture Sensor
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Re: Ecowitt Low Battery Icons

Post by gus » Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:45 pm

I've noticed that those battery icons only show up when GW1000 is first powered on or when it reboots (after firmware update or if done manually). The icons then go away shortly afterwards. I think the icons are indicating signal strength not battery. When the GW1000 first starts up the signal strength in WS View app is zero bars and then it climbs up one bar at a time. As long as there is no lost RF packets the signal strength climbs. Then when the signal strength is full the battery icon in the Meteobridge goes away. Therefore it just seems like the Meteobridge has been mis-coded to show battery when it should be showing signal strength instead for this data that it is getting from the GW1000. I just ignore it. I suppose it could be fixed but I never bothered to mention it.
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Re: Ecowitt Low Battery Icons

Post by K7RMK » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:05 pm

For mine they show all of the time on the rain and anemometer even with good signal.

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Re: Ecowitt Low Battery Icons

Post by gus » Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:49 am

Maybe you are on a different versions of software/firmware than me.

My setup:
GW1000 ver. 1.5.2
WS-2902A sensor array
extra sensors: 1x extra indoor temp/hum and 1x PM2.5
Meteobridge v4.1 firmware (set to stick to version 4.1)
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Re: Ecowitt Low Battery Icons

Post by K7RMK » Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:42 pm

It looks like we are on the same firmware and software. Maybe it has to do with yours being a sensor array and mine being the standalone individual sensors.

GW1000 firmware 1.5.2
No sensor array. All standalone sensors listed in first post.
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Re: Ecowitt Low Battery Icons

Post by xannor » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:28 pm

I have been grabbing the ecowitt data with my Home Assistant install and I noticed that the wh65, batt1, and batt2 all report a value of zero. (i have to standalone T&H sensors, and I think the GW1000 thinks my array is the WH65 though it is an ambient weather osprey). my PM25 does report a value though I guess the meteobridge does not read it as I have never seen a low bat, just seen it fall of cause that bat died. (I'm working on an automation for my HA install to alert me when the bat get low so I can recharge it.) I had planned to switch to the array out with independent parts so I can mount things better and hopefully have good battery notice.

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Re: Ecowitt Low Battery Icons

Post by xannor » Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:58 am

I wanted to post a followup as I asked ecowitt about he zero values I was seeing, the WH31B and WH65 do not report battery level, just battery low, so 0 means the battery is good a 1 would mean the low batt indicator is on. Didn't know if that matches up with the method meteobridge uses to talk to the GW1000 but I figured I would share what I learned.

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