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Old 04-07-2011, 06:28 PM   #1211
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I just finished up my temp controller build. Opted for cooling only with a fan to KISS. Only fancy option I decided to install was a USB plug in for the thermistor, mostly because I wanted to see if I actually could. I used the money I saved from this build to become a paying member too! WOOT!
DawgFather... did your USB idea word according to plan, does it accurately read temperature? I LOVE for a longer probe than the stock one supplied.

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Old 04-07-2011, 08:20 PM   #1212
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I'm planning on doing this in the long run. Right now I have it between some insulation and the carboy.
Has anyone tried this temp probe in a standard thermowell?


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Old 04-08-2011, 12:51 PM   #1213
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I have read through most of the posts in here and ordered one of these off the flea bay. But when I contacted the seller asking for the 110V model, the broken english responce wasn't good. IF I end up with the 220V version, is there any use for it? I am no wiring expert, but can manage something on the simpler side, and I don't want to put more cash into it, as I can get the right one for sure for under 25 bucks, which I am going to do just in case.

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Old 04-08-2011, 12:57 PM   #1214
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DawgFather... did your USB idea word according to plan, does it accurately read temperature? I LOVE for a longer probe than the stock one supplied.

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Yeah the idea worked but there were some drawbacks. The receptacle on a USB has tabs around the outside that allow the plug to have slight tension when inserting it or removing it. I used JB weld on the inside of the box to securely mount the receptacle and this prevented the tabs from moving enough so the fit on the plug is extremely tight. It still works very well, but there may be better ways of mounting it...and there is no way it will vibrate loose or anything like that. I also took apart a USB to PS2 connector to get the receptacle and if I had to do it over again, I would think the best option would be to cut a USB extension cord or to at least use the wires that connected the USB receptacle to the PS2 plug (I cut them off and it made for some tight wiring). When I do it over again, I think I will cut up a USB extension cord and figure out how to mount it to the box without putting any glue on any metal parts. If you want pics of the process, let me know and I can get some for you.

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Has anyone tried this temp probe in a standard thermowell?
I plan on going to Target today and getting a freezer gel pack and putting the probe inside a White Labs vial. I thought about going the thermowell route with the removable probe I have, but I'm not sure how easy it would be to sanitize it properly.
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:30 PM   #1215
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I have read through most of the posts in here and ordered one of these off the flea bay. But when I contacted the seller asking for the 110V model, the broken english responce wasn't good. IF I end up with the 220V version, is there any use for it? I am no wiring expert, but can manage something on the simpler side, and I don't want to put more cash into it, as I can get the right one for sure for under 25 bucks, which I am going to do just in case.
The way i understood it to work was that the seller determines the voltage of the controller by your shippingg address, unless you ask for a different one. So if your address is in the US, youll get a 110V controller
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That is what I am hoping for, but the email that they sent back seemed to me that I am getting the 220. Fingers crossed that I get the right one, but I just ordered another that made sure it will be 110.

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Old 04-08-2011, 03:35 PM   #1217
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The way i understood it to work was that the seller determines the voltage of the controller by your shippingg address, unless you ask for a different one. So if your address is in the US, youll get a 110V controller
What you SHOULD understand is that SOME sellers (of which there are several) determine the voltage of the controller by your shipping COUNTRY unless you ask otherwise. It is well documented in this thread that some sellers are only shipping 220v.
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Old 04-08-2011, 03:38 PM   #1218
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Has anyone tried a thermowell with the temperature probe that comes with the ebay aquarium controller?
It works wonderfully inside this

http://www.brewershardware.com/16-Stainless-Steel-Thermowell.html

The end of the probe is .25". The diameter of this tube is .29". It slides to the bottom with no effort.
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It works wonderfully inside this

http://www.brewershardware.com/16-Stainless-Steel-Thermowell.html

The end of the probe is .25". The diameter of this tube is .29". It slides to the bottom with no effort.
I wonder if this thermowell will work:

http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/stopper-thermowell.html
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Default Seller Metapark sells 220v controllers

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What you SHOULD understand is that SOME sellers (of which there are several) determine the voltage of the controller by your shipping COUNTRY unless you ask otherwise. It is well documented in this thread that some sellers are only shipping 220v.
I can confirm ebay seller Metapark sells only 220v controllers.


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