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Old 06-13-2012, 04:50 AM   #1
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Default Extra $$ SSR worth it?

Toasted my cheap ebay 40a SSR today. And yes it stuck open when it quit which made me thankful for the element power button. (Thanks again PJ for the diagram)

So ebay has cheapy SSR's for around $5 and more expensive brands up to $15.

Should I buy 3 cheap ones or 1 more expensive. The last cheapy one started to stick only after 2 batches and is now toast 3 more batches later.


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Old 06-13-2012, 11:04 AM   #2
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My opinion? Buy this one 40A SSR from Auber Instruments along with this External Mount Heat Sink for 40A SSR

Yes it costs more but their products are top notch and reliable.


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I've used Crydom SSRs and they have not failed me yet.
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My opinion? Buy this one 40A SSR from Auber Instruments along with this External Mount Heat Sink for 40A SSR

Yes it costs more but their products are top notch and reliable.
I agree with pj
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:22 PM   #5
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I use Crydom 40 amp SSRs - no failures in over 5 years of electric brewing.
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Just for future reference, what was the cheap eBay brand that failed? It seems like there are plenty or cheap eBay ones that don't fail, but others have more problems. So far I have not had any problems with my eBay "kodak" 40amp ssr
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Thanks for the replies.

The brand I have is a "Fotek" 40a
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I have a Crydom that I got on Ebay for cheap and brand new something like $10 bucks. Just keep searching.
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Just for future reference, what was the cheap eBay brand that failed? It seems like there are plenty or cheap eBay ones that don't fail, but others have more problems. So far I have not had any problems with my eBay "kodak" 40amp ssr
For reference, Crydom is the Cadillac. Why? I dunno. But I do electronics, and when I think of SSRs (of any size) it's Crydom.
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Just for future reference, what was the cheap eBay brand that failed? It seems like there are plenty or cheap eBay ones that don't fail, but others have more problems. So far I have not had any problems with my eBay "kodak" 40amp ssr
I had 2 kodak that failed.


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