Electronic Rain Counter Manual

ELECTRONIC
RAIN COUNTER
This instruction manual is organized to take you step-by-step through the procedures required to set up and use the Electronic Rain Counter.
C ONTENTS
OF
P ACKAGE
Make sure your Rain Gauge package contains the following parts before
attempting to install it.
✦ Electronic Counter with mounting bracket
The electronic counter includes a short cable with a coupler on the end
for connection to the rain collector cable.
T OOLS
AND
M ATERIALS N EEDED
You will need some of the following tools and materials.
✦ Davis Standard Rain Collector
The Electronic Counter will only work with the standard version of
Davis Instrument’s Rain Collector (#7852 or #7852M)
✦ AAA Battery
7977 & 7977M
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I NSTALLING
THE
B ATTERY
You must install a single AAA battery into the electronic counter. A fullycharged battery will power the electronic counter for more than one year.
1. Remove the mounting bracket from the bottom of the electronic counter by sliding it
down until it is free.
REMOVE MOUNTING BRACKET
2. Remove the battery cover by sliding it off the counter.
REMOVING BATTERY COVER
3. Insert the battery into the compartment.
The battery compartment contains a figure showing the correct battery orientation.
4. Replace the battery cover by sliding it back into place.
T ESTING
THE
S TAND -A LONE R AIN G AUGE
Before installing the rain collector, test the electronic counter.
1. Remove the rain collector’s cone from the base.
Consult the rain collector manual for instructions.
2. Plug the rain collector cable into the coupler at the end of the electronic counter’s
cable.
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Electronic Rain Counter
3. While watching the display on the electronic counter to see if it changes, slowly tip
the bucket until it drops to the opposite side. If the display does not change, you may
be tipping the bucket too quickly. Try again, more slowly this time.
If the electronic counter display increases by 0.01” (or 0.2 mm if you have the
metric rain collector) each time you tip the bucket, your electronic counter is
working properly and you may continue the installation.
4. Clear the rainfall amount by pressing the button on the front of the electronic counter.
U SING
THE
E LECTRONIC C OUNTER
After installing the rain collector, connect the rain collector and electronic
counter by plugging the rain collector cable into the coupler at the end of the
electronic counter’s cable. Once connected, the electronic counter continually
tracks and displays rainfall in either 0.01” or 0.2 mm increments (depending on
the model you own). You may display the electronic counter on a wall, shelf,
table, or other similar surface.
To Display the Electronic Counter on a Wall
Slide the wall mounting bracket over the end of the electronic counter. The
slots on the side of the electronic counter act as a guide. Remove the backing
from the adhesive pad on the back of the mounting bracket and stick the
mounting bracket (and electronic counter) to the wall in the desired location.
To Display the Electronic Counter on a Shelf or Table
Pop the brace free from the battery cover. You may wish to use a coin, small
screwdriver, or a fingernail in the slot at the bottom of the unit to get the brace
free. Use the brace to prop up the electronic counter on any flat surface (desk,
table, shelf, etc.).
DISPLAYING ON A SHELF OR TABLE
Using the Electronic Counter
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To Clear the Electronic Counter
Press the button on the front of the electronic counter. This resets the rainfall
amount to 0.
T ECHNICAL S UPPORT
Before calling Technical Support (1-510-732-7814), carefully check all cable connections from the rain collector to the electronic counter. Cable connections
account for a large portion of the potential problems. Connections should be
firmly seated in the jacks and plugged in straight. If you think a connection
may be faulty, try jiggling the cable while looking at the display. If a reading
appears intermittently on the display as you jiggle the cable, the connection is
faulty.
Product Numbers: 7977 & 7977M
Davis Instruments Part Number: 7395-023
Electronic Rain Counter
Rev. A Manual (7/7/99)
This product complies with the essential protection requirements of the EC EMC
Directive 89/336/EC.
© Davis Instruments Corp. 1996. All rights reserved.