Sensor is reading higher than surroundings sensors.
So is mine. It spiked a few days ago and now just staying in a range around 55-70. I vacuumed it out but it didn’t help.
I tried the vacuum again but without the brush attachment. I held it on the bottom for 3 minutes and the problem went away.
Update: I put the sensor back outside and the problem came back. Replacing the USB cable resolved it!
There are multiple reasons why a sensor could be reading higher. The sensor may be experiencing a hyper-local event, causing its readings to be temporarily higher. Smoking and cooking are two common examples.
If the sensor’s readings are consistently high, you’ll first want to check its placement. Is there anything near the sensor that could be a consistent source of particulates? You can try moving it to a new location and see if the readings change.
If you’re confident the sensor placement isn’t the cause, you’ll want to try cleaning your sensor. Insects or debris can get inside the laser counters, causing readings to become high, and cleaning can sometimes resolve this. If cleaning doesn’t work, you can purchase replacement laser counters for your device.
Hi @MoldBoy, do the high readings return if you use the old USB cable again?
Yes. The old usb cable is a 50 ft long flat, very cheap from amazon. The 5w peower was also very cheap. Switching over to high quality cable and power is stable. I switched back to the old cable 4 times and immediately the seemingly random high readings returned.
Thank you for the provided details. If the laser counters don’t receive enough power they can provide erroneous readings. This especially makes sense given the cheapness and length of your old USB cable.
All was fine until the cold weather hit. I’ll have to assume it caused a voltage drop on the cheap cable. I wouldn’t recommend flat usb cables whatsoever though. Thanks for the info!