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Just what I was looking for By Eddie KMD on 9/6/2014Eddie KMD would recommend this product to a friendI needed these float switches and brackets to use with my Apex breakout box in my sump. I used double sided 3M tape to secure the brackets and did not use the screws but they threaded just fine for me. Its a versatile kit and I'm glad I could find these brackets. They are not easy to find, at least for me.
So far works wonders By logan on 8/13/2014logan would recommend this product to a friendStability is king. After 6 months of doing manual top offs I got lazy and purchased an auto top off setup. Within a week coral extension improved and many of my zoas seem to have doable their rate of growth. So far this has worked seamlessly with my reefkeeper light.
A few complaints however. The bracket came in black not clear as was shown. The bracket does not fit well with my sump. Worst of all though is that I had to manually screw the wires together using wire nuts that were not supplied in the purchase.
Great Product By Geoff on 4/17/2014Geoff would recommend this product to a friendI'm currently using two with the Reefkeeper lite plus and they've worked fine for me for a couple months now no problems. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to program it with my aqualifter ato pump but the switches seem like they'll last plenty long enough for me to be satisfied. For the price I have two more in a box in case one fails.
great switch By valerie on 3/8/2014valerie would recommend this product to a friendPurchased this set to go with our RKL Plus, very easy to hook up. We had to add a spacer where you would tighten to the sump since the screw wasnt long enough, but thats it. We coupled this with the Tom aqua pump, had it set up in minutes, tested it, and worked perfectly.
Great float switch By Bradley on 2/16/2014Bradley would recommend this product to a friendHave had this float switch for 6 or so months now and have not had one problem with it. I'm using it in the return chamber in my sump so snails and crabs are not a issue.
Simple design seems fail-proof By Mtthbrook on 2/9/2014Mtthbrook would recommend this product to a friendI like the simple design they work good, one word of caution they are weak where they heat the acrylic to bend the brackets , So do not over tighten them to the top of your aquarium or you may break the bracket like I did with one of mine.
Does what its suppose to do. By Joshjk on 11/9/2013Joshjk would recommend this product to a friendThis float switch works very well. The mounting brackets came threaded and hold up nice. I have not had any problems with it like others have posted. I am very pleased with this float switch bracket combo. I have recommended this to my friends who also really like this combo and all the holes came threaded. Very happy.
would not recommend By Theodore on 10/6/2013Theodore wouldn't recommend this product to a friendas mentioned in other reviews the threaded holes do not appear to have been tapped and as the holes are too big I can not retread them to fit the supplied plastic bolts............otherwise they are real pretty, switch works well though .
pretty poor craftsmanship By Mr. Cool on 9/7/2013Mr. Cool wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe screws that sets the height of the switch is poorly crafted. It wouldn't be tight enough to hold the switch in place. As stated by other buyer. Overall this product has very poor craftsmanship. And yes, this is the worst purchase I made from BRS.
Don't nock it till u try it By Mike on 5/31/2013Mike would recommend this product to a friendOne word, nice. easy install, we'll made,and user friendly. My bracket was well made, no complaints. Set up in no time. Worked well with my home made ATP system. Don't listen to people who over tighten plastic screws and blame a product for being cheep. Try it and u will see!
NO BRAINER! By Christopher on 4/18/2013Christopher would recommend this product to a friendTHIS FLOAT SWITCH MAKES AUTO TOP OFF A BREEZE! only problem i had was with the bracket but worth the money.
Awesome mounting bracket, average float By Kevin on 4/18/2013Kevin would recommend this product to a friendThe mounting bracket is what really makes this kit. If you don't have a built in place for mounting your float switches this is a must have! I only have 2 knock's against the kit. First the "clamp" that clamps onto the sump to hold it in place doesn't close tight enough to hold onto my rimless acrylic sump. Second over time it becomes impossible to turn the adjustment screw's without a long soak in vinegar.
Previously Asked Questions
by Raymond Lardani on June 13, 2014, @8:49 AM
hi, can these switches be used with the lite reefkeeper lite system, plus be used on your brs 2 part dosing pump, to automate my kalkwasser stirrer, it will be adding fresh water through the kalk stirrer for evaporated water. Thanks so much for your help.
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Raymond,
The switches can be used with the Reef Keeper Lite system, but keep in mind that (whether it is a lite or elite) you need to have an SL1 module for the switches to interface with.
by James on December 9, 2013, @12:34 PM
Can i use this with an Apex?
Bulk Reef Supply Hi James,
The float switches themselves and bracket will work just fine. You will just run the wires straight to the Apex Breakout Box instead of hooking them up to the DA molex connectors.
by Phillip on January 24, 2014, @8:22 AM
Can this be used directly in my main display tank? It looks like the brackets are quite long and my water level is about an inch from the top of the display tank.
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Phillip,
The brackets are definitely designed with a sump in mind. The float switches themselves would work but you would for sure need a different mounting solution (or the water tank in your display would be a lot lower).
by Phillip on January 24, 2014, @9:33 AM
Ok thanks. Another question. Most of the float switches have something in the description about wattage or amperage and damages. Is the ReefKeeper Lite compatible with the included OR purchased float switches without the need for something in the middle to limit voltage/etc?
A 50 watt float switch can be destroyed by a pump rated at 6 watts and, unfortunately, it may take many cycles before the failure occurs.
Because they can destroy an otherwise very reliable float switch, care must be taken to completely isolate the switch from the current drawn by pumps, solenoids or other devices subject to spiking voltage. Resistors or diodes may be used, but the most common solution is to utilize a circuit board or a relay.
In the illustration, a relay acts as a switch for a pump, thereby isolating the float switch from any spikes that the pump may draw. The float switch turns the relay coil on and off. In this way, the only current handled by the float switch is that small amount required by the relay coil. Please consult with your relay supplier to assure that the relay current requirements are well within the specs of the float switch.
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Phillip,
A float switch is just an open/closed switch but it doesn't actually produce any electricity. In the case of the reef keeper systems they are outputting there own safe voltage through the float switch and then monitoring to see if that current comes back (switch closed) or not (switch open). The reef keeper will only output a small amount of DC current to do this and then that signal is used to control a relay (one of the outlets on the PC4) on or off which is where all the high current goes. So basically it does what the last sentence in your paragraph says.
by Joe on March 20, 2014, @9:08 AM
Does the signle bracket still come with two floats?
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Joe,
It does not. The single kit comes with a single bracket and single float, the dual kit comes with two of each.
by Terrance on February 24, 2014, @5:10 PM
If I already have the RKL Plus and wanting to buy this kit, then will I need anything else to connect the float switch to the RKL?
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Terrance,
The float switches themselves will plug directly into the switch ports on the SL1 module (which you should have with the plus system) so you shouldn't need anything else.
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