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Old 01-16-2012, 06:58 AM   #1
Jan 2012
Ames, ia
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Will these sensors work with the Auber PIDs?

Watlow RTD Sensor, Thermistor, Thermocouple, Temp Probe | eBay

Will this work in the place of the Auber PID?
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:18 AM   #2
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Be careful where you throw your money. The PID is relay output and there is no indication about its temperature setting, i.e. is set up for Fahrenheit or Centigrade measurements?

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Old 01-16-2012, 10:50 AM   #3
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The PID is a little larger physically than most, it has relay output, K-input. Engeneering unit can be changed to F in advanced settings menu. Input can also be changed to RTD (and others) if you like.

Have you seen my post in this thread: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/rkc-cd101-help-293413/ ? (post #15)

If you don't need SSR-output, or are capable og modding the unit to drive an SSR, 20$ is a bargain in my opinion.

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Old 01-16-2012, 02:54 PM   #4
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Don't see why the RTD wouldn't work. Although you can get beefier ones from China:
RTD PT100 Temperature Sensors with Terminal Head | eBay

As for the PID, like P-J says, it's relay output, not SSR output, (so you'll need a transformer to step the voltage from 120VAC to 3-32VDC to control your SSR). It reads in Centigrade, not Fahrenheit. It says it only takes a K type thermocouple, (which is NOT an RTD and isn't as sensitive, but is cheaper usually). It doesn't mention if it's capable of autotuning, (which is very useful for a newbie). It also doesn't appear to have a manual mode, (damn near essential if this will be controlling your BK). Finally, it's a good bet that the manual is in very bad english, seeing as it's a chinese import and looking at the english level of the ebay post.

I cheap out on a lot of stuff and buy from China. The PID is one thing I'm very glad I bought from Auber. Get the 2352. It has SSR output, takes an RTD, has a bumpless manual mode that's easily accessible, reads in F, has autotune, and it's decently documented.

Edit: Whups, didn't see Protto's post above. Apparently it does do Fahrenheit and can take RTDs. Still, I vote Auber. Manual mode is very useful.
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