What should I do if I think my station was struck by lightning and it stopped reporting data?

Many Davis stations have taken a lightning lickin' and kept on tickin'! But if your station is having some lightning post traumatic stress, start here.

Vantage Vue

First, take a look at the station and see if there is any visual damage. If so, make note and/or take photos to have available when contacting us.

Next, assess if the station has power. The White button on the bottom of the ISS is not a reset button. However, it will activate the LED so we can determine if it has power. If, after pressing the white button, the LED does not turn on, then a reset is the way to go.

To reset:

  1. Remove the battery.
  2. Cover the solar panel (make sure no light can get to the panel, wrapping in a blank or placing in a closet or trunk works).
  3. Leave in the dark for 24 hours.
  4. After time has elapsed, put battery back in and press the white button.
  5. Make sure you have a normal blink from the LED.

If you do have lightning damage, it may not be repairable.  If you want us to look it over, please contact us to get an RMA.  We can evaluate your ISS for lightning damage and repair if possible.

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