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Water & Irrigation Type
Hose & Irrigation Timers
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Weather Station Sensors
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Wireless Sensor Prevents your Automatic Sprinkler System from Watering During a Storm
Orbit Wireless Rain/Freeze Sensor
Orbit® Wireless Rain/Freeze Sensor
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Orbit Wireless Rain/Freeze Sensor
Item# 31258
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  • Wireless communication eliminates the need for a professional hard wired installation
  • Delays watering during rain or freezing conditions
  • Adjustable rain sensitivity
  • Works with most existing sprinkler systems

Essential Info

The Orbit Wireless Rain/Freeze Sensor will add convenience, safety and water conservation to almost any automated sprinkler system. The sensor transmits a wireless signal up 200 feet away from the receiver which is connected to your sprinkler system timer. The communication is done via radio frequency (RF), which eliminates the need for a professional installation and unsightly wires. When a user specified amount of rain has fallen (from 1/8" to 1") or when temperatures drop below 37° F, the sensor will alert the sprinkler system timer to shut off. If rain is falling, stopping the use of your sprinklers will help to conserve water. If temperatures reach freezing, interrupting your sprinklers will reduce the hazards of standing water freezing on your driveway, sidewalks, and patios. The sensor has an easy one-step installation for either your rain gutter or any flat surface. The rain/freeze sensor is powered by 2 replaceable 3V lithium batteries (CR2032), included.

Important Note: This sensor is designed for 24 Volt Irrigation Timers only do not connect the receiver to 120/240 VAC.


What's Included

  • Sensor
  • Receiver
  • Mounting hardware
  • Owner's manual
  • More Info

    Feature Control Switch and Manual Override Button
    Located on the bottom of the transmitter, the three position feature control switch allows you to select Rain Sensor, Rain/Freeze Sensor and Sensor Off. On the receiver, the manual override button allows you to instantly stop the timer from watering or to allow watering when the rain/freeze sensor is active.

    LED Panel Lights
    Located on the receiver, the LED lights communicate the current status of the sensor.

    Rain Sensor
    The rain sensor can keep the irrigation system from starting or continuing after rainfall quantities of 1/8", 1/4", 1/2", 3/4", or 1"; the 1/2" setting is recommended. The time that it takes the rain sensor to reset for normal sprinkler operation after the rain has stopped is determined by weather conditions (wind, sunlight, humidity, etc.). These conditions will determine how fast the hygroscopic discs dry out, and since the landscape is also experiencing the same conditions, their respective drying rates will roughly parallel each other. There is an adjustment capability on the rain sensor that will slow down the rest rate.

    Freeze Sensor
    The temperature at which the freeze sensor is activated is 37° F (+/- 2%deg) and is not adjustable. The freeze sensor feature can be bypassed by moving the switch (located on the bottom of the rain/freeze sensor) to the "Rain" position.



    Manufacturer:Orbit Irrigation
    Manufacturer Product No.:57071
    Rain/Freeze Wireless Range:Up to 200 feet (61 meters) line of site
    Rain Settings:1/8"- 1" (3mm - 25mm)
    Freeze Set Point:37° F +/-2° (3° C +/-1°)
    Average Battery Life:Two years
    Battery Type:Two CR2032 3V cells
    LED Status Lights:Low battery, active sensor and sensor override
    Relay Contacts Output:Normally Open and Normally Closed 3A@24VAC
    Operating Temperatures:12° F (-10° C) to 140° F (60°C)
    Transmitter Switch:Rain Only, Rain/Freeze and Sensor off
    Mounting Brackets:Gutter mount and flat surface mount
    Warranty:Manufacturer six (6) year limited

    Important notes:
    Defective exchanges for identical item within 30 days of purchase. After 30 days, please contact the manufacturer.
    Manufacturer contact information: Orbit Irrigation Products, Tel: (800) 488-6156


    Wiring Diagram with Sensor Terminals / without Booster Pump  Wiring Diagram without Sensor Terminals / with Booster Pump  Wiring Diagram with Booster Pump / without Sensor Terminals   
    Wiring Diagram with Sensor Terminals / without Booster Pump  Wiring Diagram without Sensor Terminals / with Booster Pump  Wiring Diagram with Booster Pump / without Sensor Terminals   


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    JOE -- st. albert, AB   7/15/2011
    Everything works as advertised. However, waiting one month for it to be delivered is a little excessive.
    LEONARD -- bellevue, WA   4/25/2010
    Wireless part works well. Still tuning for my area. The USA is divided into different plant based regions based upon weather patterns. It would be nice if settings were recommended based upon this. Anyways, happy with this product so far but it will take me a season to know how useful it really is.
    MATTHEW -- salt lake city, UT   10/29/2009
    Easy to install, easy to setup. Wireless works anywhere and it was up and running in about 5 minutes.

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