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Old 01-25-2012, 03:25 PM   #1
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Default Temperature controller I found on ebay

Sorry if this has already been discussed, but I couldnt find a thread on it. I am designing my fermentation chamber and found this controller on ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Socket-Tem...item2c628a698b Has anyone used this before? It seems to be the perfect solution to both heat and cool the chamber, and will handle up to 1200 watt, which is more than enough according to heaters and A/C's I found. I guess I am a little concerned because it is so cheap. If anyone has used this before, or I am missing something I would love to know. Thanks!

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Old 01-25-2012, 03:38 PM   #2
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Seems like it would work, but not sure what kind of power sockets are included?

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Old 01-25-2012, 03:40 PM   #3
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Looks to me like it is not a dual stage controller. From the description, it seems like it can only be used for heating. Somebody else on here found this http://www.ebay.com/itm/110V-AC-Digi...item4ab259d50d on Ebay and it looks like another cheap alternative. You'll have to wire it yourself though.

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Old 01-25-2012, 03:50 PM   #4
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correct its only a single stage controller.
see this thread for the one Sideways poosted up.
Works great just needs a little assembly.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/ebay...-build-163849/

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Nice little unit if you only needed to heat. I'm supposing that you're likely not able to set it to cool if you wanted that function.

Other than that limitation it's a cheap digital heater controller. And, there may be a way to adjust for cooling that is not mentioned in the ad. My experience is that many of those Chinese auctions are not 100% with their descriptions.


EDIT: I asked them if it can be changed to a cooling mode. We'll see what happens.

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Im using the STC 1000 and am very happy with it, it has outputs for both heat and cold. You can find them on ebay but make sure you get the 110 version. Some sellers send you one depending on the voltage the country it was ordered from.

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Looks to me like it is not a dual stage controller. From the description, it seems like it can only be used for heating. Somebody else on here found this http://www.ebay.com/itm/110V-AC-Digi...item4ab259d50d on Ebay and it looks like another cheap alternative. You'll have to wire it yourself though.
This controller in the link is what a ton of us have bought and use for our kegerators/keezers/ferm chambers. I have ZERO electrical knowledge and was able to build it using the DIY on this forum in about 2 hours. Works perfectly and has functions for both heat and cooling.
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I had looked at the OP's controller too (since no work was required)... but in the end I wasn't sure if it can activate for rising temperatures (for cooling)... plus it did not have delay-protection (say, if I set the difference range too narrow and/or somehow the fridge door wasn't closed properly).

For the STC-1000, instead of a project box, I found some cigar-box type wooden boxes at the local dollar store. Think that will work.

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Ok, I see that it says on heating. I guess i was confused by the 2 outlets. It would be nice to have something off the shelf like this.

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Just bought the stc-1000 on eBay. Check out this video on the how to build. Easy to understand and follow.

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