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Old 05-26-2013, 02:11 PM   #3591
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That IS a problem. Applying 110v to them has likely fried them.
They told me I could return them. Gave me shipping labels too. So hopefully all goes well.


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Old 05-26-2013, 02:13 PM   #3592
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Ok. Just to double check this time guys and gals. This is the right one right? I just ordered one.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Yes, but there are cheaper ones on eBay. I got one to $16 shipped.


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Old 05-26-2013, 03:02 PM   #3593
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Yes, but there are cheaper ones on eBay. I got one to $16 shipped.
Does yours ship in 3-5 days? I didn't want to buy one from china. It's worth the extra couple bucks to get it in a few days. Mine was $23 shipped. Especially when I have a batch ready to brew and I want to use my new toy to ferment in I want it here ASAP.

Edit: The SWMBO put my ingredient kit from the table to the floor. Then we leave for lunch and come back to find newspaper everywhere and my grain bag is torn open with not a grain left....the culprits? My 6 month old terrier and my 6 month old pitbull!! New grains are on their way...the controller isn't due for a day or two. So I guess it works out.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:00 AM   #3594
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They told me I could return them. Gave me shipping labels too. So hopefully all goes well.
I'm guessing that you didn't inform them that you had mistakenly applied 110v to them and let the magic smoke out?
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I'm guessing that you didn't inform them that you had mistakenly applied 110v to them and let the magic smoke out?
They never asked about the condition of them. They look completely normal so unless they somehow test them, they won't know. I just told them I bought the wrong ones...which I did buy the wrong ones. Lol. That's why I'm returning them : )
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:25 AM   #3596
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Looks like a cool project. What is the amperage rating for the controller? Most home-size aquariums use heaters in the 50-100 watt range. Refrigerators (especially at startup) can draw 700 watts or more. Heating pads are typically in the 50-250 watt range, and light bulbs can be anywhere between a few watts and a thousand watts.

If the current rating i$n't high enough, and you're lucky, you'll ju$t fry the unit and ki$$ your inve$tment goodbye. If you're unlucky, you could burn the hous$e down.
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...What is the amperage rating for the controller?....
The contacts are rated for 15amps for 110vac operation.

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My new (110v this time) controller came today and I wired her up : ) here it is hooked up to my mini fridge happily cooling away. I have the probe, a digital thermometer and my dial in a beer bottle of water. The controller is about .6* off! Very happy with it. Thanks everyone for all of your help!



Edit: I still need to drill holes to mount the receptacle. It's not crooked I swear!
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You can adjust the temp of the controller. It's the F4 setting.
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You can adjust the temp of the controller. It's the F4 setting.
I'm not sure about the accuracy of my digital to get an accurate temp to adjust to. I'm just using my $15 one from Walmart I use for the bbq. Now I have the probe taped to the outside of he bottle with bubble wrap, hen a folded paper towel. Should I put my bbq thermometer in with the probe and then adjust the temp in F4?


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