The Tipping Bucket Rain
Gauge Connector of the Rainlogger
Solinst Rainloggers (Figure 10-13) are designed to log the tip times of an external tipping-bucket rain gauge, and output the amount of rainfall per tip.
The Rainlogger Edge housing is made of ABS, while the Rainlogger housing is made of stainless steel. Direct exposure to rainfall should be avoided, and Rainloggers should not be submerged. The Rainlogger Edge ABS housing provides extra electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection.
The rain gauge connected to the Rainlogger is supplied by the customer and is a normally-open style reed-switch type gauge most commonly known as a tippingbucket rain gauge. The Rainlogger rain gauge connector (Figure 10-14) connects to the 2 m (6.5 ft.) cable supplied with the Rainlogger. The Rainlogger Edge and Rainlogger are supplied with different connector cables, which can not be interchanged. The connector cables have two wires, which are connected to the tipping-bucket by splicing to the tipping-bucket cable. As the tipping-bucket is just an electrical switch, for most models, the wires can be connected to either cable wire. Refer to the manufacturer's operating instructions. Longer, exposed cables should be protected from rodents and vandalism by cable armoring or installation within electrical conduit.
The Rainlogger Edge and Rainlogger are supplied with different connector cables, which can not be interchanged.