Ranco Temperature Controller Opinions Needed

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schneemann

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In building my keezer, I've been shopping for a temperature controller.

I'm looking to do this in a way that is as simple and easy-to-reverse as possible, so I'd like to find a temp. controller that plugs inline with the power cord of the freezer rather than have to do a bunch of wiring.

I believe this fits my needs:
http://www.rancoetc.com/ranco-etc111000000-digital-temperature-controller-prewired-p-87.html

I'd appreciate any opinions on this product.

Thanks!
 

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I have a johnson A419 and love it. Same as the Ranco just a different brand. I now use it with my freezer before I had it set up to run a heating pad when my cellar was to cold. Johnson or Ranco you cannot go wrong. If you do not mind doign some wiring ( very simple) you can look at the Love TS control too, http://www.coleparmer.com/catalog/product_view.asp?sku=9352000

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I'd appreciate any opinions on this product.

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I have two of them and their great. I bought the unwired ones and saved some money, their easy to wire btw. But if you don't want the hassle that one will work just fine.
 
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Thanks everyone. Yeah, its not that I can't wire it. My dad was an IBEW electrician for 35 years and some of that rubbed off over the years. Its just that I don't feel like dealing with it.

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I bought the wired one like you because I just didn't want to hook it up. I'm lazy. It's working great in my fridge. As long as I don't open the door too much it keeps it right about where I want it. I kept mine at the factory +_5 degrees to keep from stressing my compressor.
 
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Just an update:
I bought this thing and love it. I unpacked it, plugged it in, set it to the temperature I wanted, and that's that! All under 2 minutes, including the time it took me to unpack it and walk to the basement.
 
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