Neptune Systems I/O Breakout Box

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Neptune Systems I/O Breakout Box

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Add the I/O Breakout Box to your Apex Neptune System for an easy way to connect up to six external switch inputs to your Apex or Apex Lite.

  • Float Switches for sump alerts or ATO (Auto Top Off)

  • Push Buttons for special feed, cleaning, ect. modes

  • Leak Detectors

  • Magnetic switches on cabinets for intrusion detection


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Will the reefkeeper float switch work with the neptune apex breakout box. from the pics it looks like the reefkeeper floats have no ends just bare wires. Thanks
Question by: AARON on Mar 29, 2014 6:48:00 AM
Hey Aaron,
They sure will. The RK comes with two pieces of wire, one has a 2 pin plug on it and bare leads on the other, the other is the float switch with bare wires. When used with there equipment you connect the two together after the float switch is secured to the bracket. In your case you would just toss that pigtail with the 2 pin connector and use the float switch with the bare wires.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Mar 29, 2014 6:48:00 AM
which apex controllers is this compatible with? jr? lite?

Question by: jonathan on Jan 4, 2014 2:09:00 AM
Hi Jonathan,
The I/O breakout box is compatible with all versions of the Apex so long as you have an available I/O port. On the regular Apex this is a port that is built into the head unit, if you have a different version, or have used up the port, you may need to add an additional module to give yourself a free I/O port to plug the breakout box into.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jan 4, 2014 2:09:00 AM
How far away from the Break out box can probes be? Following the recommended wire-gauge, could the Break out box work with 20 feet of cabling? 50 feet? 100 feet? Have a ATO system in my garage about 20 feet directly away 50 worst case through the walls that I'd love to set up float switches to get emails about when I'm running low on RODI water, etc. I scoured Google and couldn't find anything. Would love to know if you guys know or could even possibly test it?!?!?! :-p
Question by: Kyle Rogers on May 14, 2016 10:14:00 PM
Great question!
They can be used well over 50 feet from the source with thicker gauge wire. Neptune has informed us that some customers have taken an ethernet cable wires apart and used the wires to run well over 50'. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on May 19, 2016 2:55:00 PM
What does this connect to? Will it connect to the energy bar or does it have to connect to the head unit?
Question by: dan on Jul 12, 2014 6:31:00 AM
Hi Dan,
It depends on which apex unit you have. If you have a full apex system it will connect to the "I/O" port on the head unit. If you need to add more then one, or have an Apex Jr, then you would need to pick up a probe module 1 or probe module 2 which will give you additional I/O ports.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jul 12, 2014 6:31:00 AM

Full Details

Add up to six external switch inputs to your Apex Neptune System with the the I/O Breakout Box.
  • Float Switches for sump alerts or ATO (Auto Top Off)
  • Push Buttons for special feed, cleaning, ect. modes
  • Leak Detectors
  • Magnetic switches on cabinets for intrusion detection


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  • Works really well for floats, sump door sensors, & leak sensors. By MTWiley on 11/2/2015

    I have mine monitoring my DT overflow to turn off the return pump if the drain gets clogged and prevent an overflow onto my floors. A magnetic door switch to turn on the fuge light whenever I open the sump/stand door so that I can actually see when I'm looking around inside my sump area. And I picked up a few leak sensors and have those hooked up to the breakout box instead of spending much more on the an ALS and sensors.
  • Best Part of the Apex By Evan on 7/18/2015

    I'm coming to think that this may be the best part of the Apex system.

    I was worried about overflowing, so I hooked up some float switches to send emails to me.

    I hate working in a dark sump, so I wired some magnetic switches to turn on a light when I open the stand doors.

    I wanted to speed up maintenance, so I stuck a button in a box to to automatically turn off and on equipment as needed.
  • Work Well, wish apex made switches By Polymorphyc on 6/17/2015

    Pretty much plug and play, just be mindful it where its plugged in, because that effects the switches names when programming.
  • Great product, but not for an Apex Junior By AZBigJohn on 4/25/2015

    Wish the first comment had been there when I bout this module. I own an Apex Junior, and my ATO system died. I bought this to use to make an ATO system, only to find out that in order to use it with an Apex Junior, you also have to buy another module (PM1 or PM2) which then pushed to cost too high, and made it much more affordable to simply buy a stand alone ATO.

    If you have an Apex, GO FOR IT! If you have an Apex Jr, don't.
  • Added a couple of these to my Apex. By Mark H. on 4/24/2015

    The pinouts for the Apex controller I/O is pretty easy but these boxes are well made and save a finding the cable and making them. I am setting up my system with a bunch of float switches and control points to let the controller alert me when there are problems. The breakout box is an easy short cut. It should be included with each module that needs it but I think the manufacturer realizes most people will buy it and it gives them a little more margin. From everything I have seen from Neptune Systems and their user community (zombie that means you) I am not going to complain. They do good work and a lot of people rely on them.
  • Additional Module needed for Apex Jr. Controller owners By Jeff on 3/14/2015

    When purchasing the I/O Breakout Box for an Apex Jr. Controller you will need to also purchase the PM1-PH Module or PM2-Salinity Module as the Jr. by itself does not have an I/O port. Great addition to my system for ATO and cabinet lighting, highly recommended.
  • Plug and play for the float switches. By Chavinpat on 2/13/2015

    This breakout box can easily be made, but I want it to look nice and clean. You take pride of your display tank, why not take pride down below in the sump area.
  • Great for Switches By Jason on 1/25/2015

    Used with manual switches that powers on and off equipment. Also used with float switches. Very easy to setup and use.
  • Only Limit of usefulness is your imagination and programming skill--get 2 By Michael M on 11/22/2014

    I bought one with my Apex controller system. Within a day of setting it up I wished I had purchased a second one and additional float and magnetic switches to go with it. Get one for the Display Tank area and another for the utility room. Rock solid product
  • Works as described. Allows me to use float switches By Eddie KMD on 9/6/2014

    This item is as described. I wanted to add some float switches to my setup so that my return pump does not run dry (for whatever reason) and I also wanted a 3rd failsafe for my ATO. If my ATO malfunctions and my solenoid valve fails in off position and my float valve fails as well, I have a float switch to turn warn me the sump level is getting too high through my Apex Neptune. The item is small and easily placed. I used 3M double sided tape.
  • Huge improvement By JohnD on 7/13/2014

    Having used the old style breakout box for years this new version is 100x better and holds the leads much better.
  • Great for ATO By Justin on 5/18/2014

    I think the cost for this box, 2 float switches and a cheap pump is the best bang for your buck. It ends up being cheaper than most ATO systems and of course if you have the apex now it is another part of your monitoring system. Thanks BRS and Apex for making and delivering another great product!

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