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truse 12-28-2009 08:42 PM

Love Controllers
 
Before I order, I'd like to get someone's expert opinion that this is the Love temp controller I need to use in my 220v electric kettle system.

Thanks!

http://www.drillspot.com/products/46...erature_Switch

MrShake 12-28-2009 08:51 PM

For that cost... why not get a full on PID?

http://www.auberins.com/index.php?ma...ef327df5f4a62b

lamarguy 12-28-2009 08:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MrShake (Post 1768602)
For that cost... why not get a full on PID?

In the interest of full disclosure, he would also need to purchase an SSR ($19) and temp sensor ($12+).

MrShake 12-29-2009 01:11 AM

would a love controller act as the ssr?

lamarguy 12-29-2009 03:54 AM

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Originally Posted by MrShake (Post 1769118)
would a love controller act as the ssr?

The Love controller has a built-in 16 amp relay whereas the PID requires an external relay or SSR to function.

I'm with you, I prefer the PID/SSR combo but it does cost more and is slightly more complicated to configure. Either setup is a good choice depending on your needs and available funds. ;)

ubermick 12-29-2009 06:49 AM

Lamar, you seem like the bloke to ask about this, since you ooze knowledge of temperature controller electronic doodads!

Regarding ye olde Love Controllers, is the $45 version is any less effective than the $65 flavour for the purposes of controlling the ASCO valves on a Brutus?

mnadamn 12-29-2009 08:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lamarguy (Post 1769487)
The Love controller has a built-in 16 amp relay whereas the PID requires an external relay or SSR to function.

actually this is not so, I have a Aubrens pid and it has a 10amp relay built in for 45 and came with a k thermocouple as well. Granted I also have a 60amp ssr I got off ebay for $5 for use with the element I will be installing.

One thing that was not noted is that you also need to get a heat sink for your ssr when running it with that much power.

lamarguy 12-29-2009 01:11 PM

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Originally Posted by mnadamn (Post 1769698)
actually this is not so, I have a Aubrens pid and it has a 10amp relay built in for 45

The PID linked above does NOT have a built-in relay (SSR only) and you can't even run a 1500 watt 120v element with a 10 amp relay. ;)

My point is - for brewing applications, a PID is useless without an high amperage external SSR/relay and a temp sensor.

lamarguy 12-29-2009 01:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ubermick (Post 1769663)
Lamar, you seem like the bloke to ask about this, since you ooze knowledge of temperature controller electronic doodads!

Regarding ye olde Love Controllers, is the $45 version is any less effective than the $65 flavour for the purposes of controlling the ASCO valves on a Brutus?

The $65 controller is the older TS series and includes a temp probe. The $45 controller is the newer TS2 series and I don't believe it includes a temp probe. Also, the one you linked to requires 240v.

See the TS2 series for more information.

Quote:

The Series TS2 Digital Temperature Switches are designed to operate with PTC (1000Ω @ 25C) probes sold separately.
Quote:

The Series TS includes a thermistor with 5 ft (1.5 m) cable, fitting clips for panel mounting, gasket, rear terminal cover, and instruction manual.

truse 12-29-2009 06:05 PM

Thanks for the input, everyone. I am setting up an electric control panel to run one 220v 3500w heating element and one 220v 4500w heating element.

It looks like the TS-series Love controllers are my best bet for $ and simplicity.

Agreed?


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