Cheap LCD Humidity/Hygrometer and Thermometer Mod’d To Show Fahrenheit

I bought 2 of  these little digital gems from DealExtreme for $5.90/ea to keep an eye on temp and humidity in my house, basement, and root cellar.

Several reviews clearly said it only displays Celsius and is not mod’able to display Fahrenheit, but I do enjoy a challenge.  Especially  a challenge where something is dirt cheap :)

The unit arrives pre-assembled from DealExtreme.  You need only open the battery cover, remove the insulator from the battery and it powers right up.  There are indeed no buttons or controls at all, but there’s (4) tiny screws holding it together.  If you remove these (4) screws, carefully pull the LCD off the board (it’s kind of “stuck” on there), and then remove the little black foam piece, you’ll see this:

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Follow my arrows and you see R7 is labeled “C” and R9 “F”.   The resistor on R7 is marked “0″, meaning zero ohms.  It’s just connecting those two solder dots, that’s it.  I carefully pried that off with a utility knife, and soldered a tiny copper wire between the two dots on R9.

Bam!  Fahrenheit instead of Celsius :)

Note: When you put it back together, be careful to line up the LCD with the PCB so that when you apply pressure the display is complete/correct.  Once lined up, re-assemble with the (4) screws.  The pressure of the case is what keeps the LCD pressing on that PCB to maintain the display.

  • Pueet

    March 9th, 2014

    Thanks for this info. I tried what you show in your example and it didn’t work. So after some more comparison I found that mine did not have a jumper on the pads left of the left most arrow. Once I installed it bam it worked. Thanks again

  • Rich

    March 10th, 2014

    Glad to hear it worked out and thanks for sharing. I think there’s several versions floating around, so this is good info.

    -Rich H.

  • Bogdan

    December 17th, 2014

    Hi,

    Do you have any idee if the microcontroller’s code can be hacked? I mean, are there any chances that the code is arduino “friendly”. I am thinking of buying several such thermometers and turn them into wireless temperature sensing nodes. I plan to install one such sensor in each room and transmit temperature values, wireless to a gateway (Raspberry Pi) that will control the furnace.

    Any ideea?

    - Bogdan

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