4 Dec 2006
Weather Stations(HKTDC Electronics, Vol 01,2006)
|Wireless weather stations from Favour Glory Industries Ltd display time, calendar, temperature and humidity within a transmission range of 30 metres|
The ability to predict the weather is an age-old dream that is now a handy reality for consumers who have the foresight to invest in the latest electronic aids.
There are hundreds of weather stations on the market, but those manufactured by highly-experienced Hong Kong electronics manufacturers invariably lead the way.
Their ability to combine quality and competitive prices in an irresistible package is exemplified by the eye-catching weather stations manufactured by Carrin Electronics Co Ltd.
Its KW9051 model in the shape of two joined circles, for example, features an animated figure which changes its outfit to reflect the weather outdoors.
"When it is hot and sunny, the figure wears sunglasses and a swimsuit, when it is cold it wears a coat and scarf, and when it is rainy it carries an umbrella," director Michael Li explains.
The weather station shows indoor and outdoor temperatures and relative humidity indoors, as well as the maximum and minimum readings from the moment the device was activated.
It also details the weather conditions at the locations of up to three remote sensors and displays the moon phase, day of the week and time. "It can be put on a table or mounted on a wall," Li adds, noting that the AA-battery-powered device is currently sold to Germany, Austria, Sweden and Switzerland.
Carrin's catalogue of weather stations and radio-controlled clocks also includes a white rectangular weather station which, among other functions, displays the sunrise and sunset times. "All our products are RoHS-compliant," Li stresses.
Established in 1986, the company's ISO 9001-certified factory in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland covers 30,000 square metres and employs 1,500 workers. "We require a minimum order quantity of 1,000 units, delivered 50-55 days after order confirmation," Li adds.
Also RoHS-compliant is the rectangular, multifunction QD-8730A weather station manufactured by Tung Ying Industrial Co Ltd, which features a large LCD panel that shows the temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit, humidity, weather forecast, moon phase, time, date and day of the week. "It covers a wide temperature range," says director Lau Hoi Kiu, adding that the weather station also has time, alarm and snooze functions.
The 80x110x22mm device is capable of measuring temperatures from -10ºC to 60ºC indoors, and from -50ºC to 70ºC outdoors. "It has low power consumption, operating on a single 1.5V AAA battery," Lau adds.
The QD-8730A, which utilises US sensors, Japanese ICs, mainland PCBs and LCDs and Taiwanese ABS, is unit-priced at US$2.50 FOB Hong Kong.
Established in 1990, Tung Ying produces approximately 50,000 weather stations a month at its 3,500-square-metre, 100-worker factory in Shenzhen.
A minimum order is 1,000 units, delivered 35 days after order confirmation. "Our major markets are Europe and the US, accounting for 40% and 30% of turnover respectively," Lau adds.
Buyers looking for something less conventional would do well to check out the innovative weather station from Ewig Mfg Co Ltd that sports a motion sensor for light and snooze activation. "The motion sensor can detect movement up to three inches away," marketing manager Lorraine Wong explains.
The weather station has a large seven-line LCD with full barometer functions that displays different coloured illuminated digits depending on the weather condition - amber for sunny, purple for slightly cloudy and cloudy, and blue for rainy, stormy and snowy.
Weather conditions are presented in animation on the screen, which also shows the temperature and humidity, sunrise and sunset times, moon phase and a sun-moon location diagram, as well as a barometric pressure bar chart with current and historical readings.
"The main device can be linked to up to five remote sensors," Wong says, adding that it also boasts a calendar display and an integral radio-controlled clock with alarm and snooze functions.
"The base is die-cast metal and the body is plastic with glossy finishing, both materials sourced from the mainland," Wong says. "An optional AC/DC adaptor is also available."
Another geometric delight with similar functions is a red weather station in the shape of a water drop, while Ewig's portfolio also includes a cubic weather station LCD desktop alarm clock. "The radio-controlled clock with calendar, alarm and snooze functions displays the weather forecast and indoor temperature," Wong notes.
All three weather stations are manufactured at the 25-year-old company's ISO 9001-certified Dongguan factory that covers 66,000 square metres and employs 3,000 workers.
"A minimum order is 1,000 units per model, delivered about 60 days after order confirmation," Wong says. "We export mainly to Europe, which accounts for about 60% of sales, while other major markets include the US and Japan."
This constant commitment to quality designs and competitive prices will ensure that weather stations from Hong Kong remain hot sellers in all seasons.
WRITTEN BY LIZA LEE
Favour Glory Industries Ltd
Flat 3, 8/F
Yue Fung Ind Bldg
35-45 Chai Wan Kok St
Tsuen Wan, New Territories
UPM Unique Products Mfg Ltd
39 Lung Sum Avenue
Sheung Shui, New Territories