Using Z-Weather in the Zipabox
The multi-sensor Z-Weather, which besides anemometer also measures many other weather- and environment data, can be perfectly integrated into the Zipabox. …and this is how it works! As mentioned at the beginning, Z-Weather is much more than just a wind sensor, among others, it also measures:
- Wind speed
- Relative humidity
- Air pressure
- Dew point
- Air temperature
- Solar and wind energy
On our siio blog, there have been a few articles about Z-Weather in the early past, for instance how to integrate it into Devolo and Daniel developed a script for the HC2. Other than that, there was an extensive test for the launch on here.
Next to all these measured data, which is delivered by Z-Weather, there is one feature that lets it shine in particular: It is energy autarchic! Via a solar panel, Z-Weather is completely supplied with energy and the solar energy charges an intern capacitor – this means there are no batteries, which allows it to stay maintenance-free.
Installation & Inclusion
At delivery, Z-Weather will be unmounted, which means the wind scoop has to be mounted to the bracket first. Screws and nuts are included in the delivery to get it done quickly.
Unfortunately, you cannot directly start playing with your new toy after it is mounted, since it has to be charged first. Therefore you need to place it in the direct sun for about 6-12 hours. I made the mistake of trying to charge it inside, behind a window first. This did not work. So please charge the Z-Weather outside!
After Z-Weather has been charged (to test if it has, simply click the push-button on the bottom 1x – LED blinks), you can go on to the next step, the programming to Zipabox. In order to do so, go to: Add a new device -> Z-Wave on your Zipabox.
As always, first of all start the Exclusion Mode – now press the push-botton on the bottom of Z-Weather 3x. This way the factory settings will be restored and it is made sure that it is not connected to any other device anymore. This is where the Inclusion Mode begins: So again, press the push-button on your Z-Weather 3x.
After you have done this, a new device, the Z-Weather, will appear under the category “general measuring instruments”. Underneath all measured data will be listed:
Currently, the CUMULATIV_CONSUMPTION and also ELECTRIC_PULSE_COUNT are not listed yet. I am pretty sure though, that this is going to be corrected in a little while – because: so far, the brightness has also been displayed in the measuring unit LUX. After short information, this has been corrected to percent (%) pretty quickly.
After you have programmed Z-Weather to your Zipabox, it can take up to 2 hours until the data will be shown in the Zipabox. This is due to the Wake_up interval, which because of the solar energy is varied via energy management. On sunny days Z-Weather can wake up as far as every 15 minutes. At nights this might only happen every 2 hours though – up to every 5 hours on long winter days. This depends on the intern capacitors‘ state of charge.
Since due to the long wake-up interval, the Zipabox would otherwise mark Z-Weather as “dead”, you should do the following: Go to the device manager and click the “X”. Then, under Z-Wave, look for POPP Weather and click on the gear wheel. This way you will get to the settings of the Z-Weather sensor. Change the wake-up interval to 286 and save it.
There are also 3 other reasons to why Z-Weather „wakes up“. These are:
- It is getting bright
- It is getting dark
- The wind is faster than 6 m/s
Hereby devices can be assigned to the respective association groups, in order to be directly operated by Z-Weather. This can for instance be outsight lights, which are turned on at dark and turned off at sunrise. In association group 3, devices such as venetians and awnings can be associated, which are retracted in case of gusty winds or storms. The limiting value for this purpose can be defined in parameter 1. The default value is set at 6 m/s (22 km/h) and can be defined via parameter 1. Here, values between 0-30 m/s are possible. (1 m/s = 3,6 km/h ; 1 km/h = 0,28 m/s).
At the end, I wanted to tell you that you should better not hang your Z-Weather into the sun, so that the temperature data will not be forged ;-)