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Old 08-03-2009, 12:45 PM   #1
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I'm currently looking at purchasing a temperature control to use for a fermentation fridge, and while price is always an issue (albeit not the biggest one), I want to make sure I'm purchasing something that should last me awhile. With that said, I would like to see if anybody could offer a recommendation between the different Johnson A419 controls.

On eBay, I'm looking at either the Johnson Controls A419ABC-1C or the Johnson Controls A419ABG-3C (which I think might actually be the ABC-3C, but not entirely sure). From the website, the main difference seems to be the "lead length", however I'm not even sure what that means (I know little about electronics).

I am not real familiar with any of these type controls, however I would like one that has Anti-Short Cycle Delay, outside of that I'm clueless as to what to look for in these. While I considered the Ranco brand controls the most competitively priced models did not seem to have the Anti-Short Cycle Delay, and with Johnson being the other highly talked about brand I'm not too terribly worried that it's going to crap out after a week or so. So after all that, is it worth paying $20 more for the ABG-3C?

*FYI: I tried to put links to each control on eBay, but it won't allow me to do so.



 
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:51 PM   #2
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The only difference between the 2 models you mentioned is temp probe lead length.



 
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Old 08-03-2009, 02:18 PM   #3
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Pardon my ignorance, but does that just mean the length of the probe cord? $20 seems to be quite a difference for such a small variation. If that's the case, I'll probably just go for the ABC-1C.

 
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Old 08-03-2009, 03:05 PM   #4
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Looks like the G model is prewired, for $20 its a toss up. You could buy an extension cord and wire it yourself and save $10 or so.

The Johnson Controls A419ABG-3C ELECTRONIC TEMPERATURE CONTROL; PRE-WIRED 6' PLUG AND 6' RECEPTACLE. 120VAC, 60HZ.

 
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:28 PM   #5
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Oh my bad, I misread the model number, missed the "G", A419ABG-3C vs A419ABC-3C

+1 on save your money and do all the wiring yourself. I'm not the most handy person and I had my A419ABC-1C from box to functioning in about 45 minutes.

 
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Old 08-04-2009, 03:28 AM   #6
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Check with Ranco Store. That also sell Johnson models:
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Old 08-05-2009, 07:24 PM   #7
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