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Old 02-28-2011, 04:35 PM   #901
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Ok, I'm about to make the ebay purchase from one of the recommended ebay sellers; however, I've got one question...after looking at each seller, they have multiple temperature controllers (that look the same http://stores.ebay.com/Quality-Link-...=p4634.c0.m322) but are at different prices. Does anyone have any recommendations?
The ones with 4 buttons (like this) are the one you want. he does list them at slightly different prices. I don't know why, but he does. Sometimes he has the shipping for a higher price, but the item will be at a lower price.
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:36 PM   #902
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For quite some time I have been thinking of building a temp controlled cabinet for my ales.I just recently have access to a relatively late model full sized refrigerator/freezer unit that would be perfect to modify for the purpose. I will need to modify it to both heat in the winter and cool in the summer, and for a period of time in in transition seasons it may have to do both in the same day. Since our hours at work have been recently cut back(we thought the recession was over-I guess we were wrong) I'm looking to do this thing as cheap as possible. Johnson,Love and Ranco two stage controllers are a bit pricey at the moment. I came across this thread and have viewed it with great interest. My question is about the amp ratings(10A) of these units during the refrigerator start up. Has anyone had an issue with this? Any input would sure be appreciated.Thanks
I've been running mine for about 10 days now and the temp in Texas has been all over the place...high in 80's and lows in the 40's. I have an infra-red reptile lamp for heat and it has worked like a champ when it needs to warm it up and the frig is running great. Since my frig is in the garage I didn't do any brewing in the winter since I didn't have a way of heating it up...now I do!! I have had zero issues with the controller, lamp, or frig.
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:39 PM   #903
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Ok, I'm about to make the ebay purchase from one of the recommended ebay sellers; however, I've got one question...after looking at each seller, they have multiple temperature controllers (that look the same http://stores.ebay.com/Quality-Link-...=p4634.c0.m322) but are at different prices. Does anyone have any recommendations?
Just make sure you buy one like this, with four buttons:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Mini-Digital-Tem...#ht_4185wt_887

Not like this, with two buttons:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Mini-Temperature...#ht_4701wt_887

or whatever the hell this is:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Temperature-Cont...#ht_4750wt_887
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:39 PM   #904
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The ones with 4 buttons (like this) are the one you want. he does list them at slightly different prices. I don't know why, but he does. Sometimes he has the shipping for a higher price, but the item will be at a lower price.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:34 PM   #905
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Has anyone put a panel mounted jack on their box to connect the temperature probe? Or does someone have a recommendation on how to do this?

I would like to be able to disconnect the probe from the controller with some sort of quick disconnect.

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Old 02-28-2011, 06:42 PM   #906
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It should work fine. 1/8" 2 conductor jack should work fine, or any 2 conductor jack.

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Old 02-28-2011, 06:49 PM   #907
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It should work fine. 1/8" 2 conductor jack should work fine, or any 2 conductor jack.
Awesome, that is what I thought. Thank you.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:56 PM   #908
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use an 1/8" audio plug or a 2.5mm or smaller RF plugs. either would work just fine. heck, like sharstick says, any 2 conductor. these are just the two that come to mind.

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Old 02-28-2011, 07:09 PM   #909
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Whatever gets used, make sure there's no built-in resistance that would change the feed to the controller. A simple check with an ohm-meter will tell you.

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use an 1/8" audio plug or a 2.5mm or smaller RF plugs. either would work just fine. heck, like sharstick says, any 2 conductor. these are just the two that come to mind.
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I will pick up these and test them as Misplaced Canuck suggested.

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