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Inexpensive solution for controlling DIY LED rig By pecan2phat on 5/13/13pecan2phat would recommend this product to a friendRKL + ALC is an inexpensive solution for controlling any dimmable DIY LED light. I bought this and the ALC module for under $200 to control and automate my DIY LEDs and they do the job compared to an APEX Jr and VDM for much more cost.
Awesome By Dan on 5/11/13Dan would recommend this product to a friendI am enjoying the unit. It came with all the mounting hardware. Looks great, and provides superior control. Will eventually expand.
A bit of false advertising.... By Darrel on 4/24/13Darrel wouldn't recommend this product to a friendDigital Aquatics says this unit has 4 controllable channels. What they don't tell you is that only 2 channels work when using "small pumps". When I had issues with the controller not turning off an air pump, this is what DA said:
"This is a common problem with small pumps. It is caused by a small amount of voltage being sent back through the pump when it is turned off. This causes the triac drivers used on CH 2 & 3 to click back on. This is not a defect in the PC4 and is caused by the device attached to the module. Channels 1 & 4 use relay's while 2 & 3 use triac drivers to control the channels, each type have positive and negatives which is why both are included in the PC4. The easiest way of solving this issue would be to move the device to CH1 or 4, if that is not an option a surge protector will also solve the issue. Some have also used 1' extension cables that have the lighted socket on the end as a solution."
This may not be a defect but it surely is a poor design.
good but. By jimminorm on 4/8/13jimminorm would recommend this product to a friendVery good controller I am using it for my heaters only first the moment and temperature is rock solid .my only problems with this is not much info on programming and using the pc software. I wish there was more instructions on programming.
Disappointing and frustrating By Mike on 3/29/13Mike wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThere are no instructions anywhere about programming using a PC. You can't program all your modules while you have your PC plugged in because the PC consumes one port and there are exactly ZERO extra ports. This means you always have to have a module or sensor unplugged in order to do any programming. Of course you cannot program any module or use any sensor that's not currently plugged in. This is a huge design flaw for me.
You also have to carry ALL your modules over to your PC to program them. I can't imagine why they don't allow you to take only your head unit to your desk for programming but instead make you disconnect and remove every single thing plugged into the head unit and move it all to your computer. If you have a laptop it's easier but still not easy as you have to fight with the lack of a PORT!
I can't mount everything in a safe location away from potential spalshes because the cords are so short.
In short I believe the end performance may be ok as long as I never have a splash that gets the items wet.
The terrible ergonomics of the unit including the interface, lack of documentation, lack of a programming port, and extremely short cords make this a DON'T BUY for me.
Nice product By Jeff on 3/25/13Jeff would recommend this product to a friendThis is a great "toy". Obviously you can have a successful tank without this product but it sure does add to the fun and does simplify things such as emperor urges, lighting and such. I was going to buy a digital thermometer control and a wave maker which would have came to more than this product alone. I like hooking up my laptop and making changes/ alarms. If there is one negative is that it only has 4 outlet slots with the lite series but I guess that is why it is the "lite" after all leading to the only reason 4 of 5 stars. I cannot control all the things I want with only 4 slots so I am already going to be purchasing a 2nd strip which puts me near the 200 dollar mark. I love it though that's for sure.
Great Controller, Instructions lacking By mupchu on 3/23/13mupchu would recommend this product to a friendController was easy enough to install and program once I jumped online to get all the documentation that was not in the box. Also wish the USB cord was longer. Overall very pleased with the purchase, but DA could have done a much better job. Box should include CD, and manuals (including the myreef2.0).
Good product By cdbstl76 on 3/15/13cdbstl76 would recommend this product to a friendMy primary reason for this purchase was to run items in my sump/refugium. I feel the instructions were poor, but a guide non-the-less. I figured out what I needed to on my own by just scrolling through a d checking all the settings out on my own. I now trust my system to maintain a stable temp and for my lights to come on in the sump at the right times at night. The piece of mind this provides, with the possibility of expansion in the future makes it well worth the money to me.
Great Controller! By Phil on 3/13/13Phil would recommend this product to a friendI love this controller! Easy to use and install! Only way I could be happier with this is if I would have bought the pH probe and NET module
I like it By ryan on 2/28/13ryan would recommend this product to a friendBought this last week paid for two day shipping got it in 4 days not brs fault, opend the box got what I expected but very nice system hard to figure out but once u do its a awesome product thanks brs
Nice Product By JOSEPH on 2/6/13JOSEPH would recommend this product to a friendHave only been using this for a couple months, and I am sure that I am not fully utilizing itss potential. Not as easy as I thought it would be to program, and the box was smashed up from BRS - but the contents were just fine - had me a little freaked out at first, but no complaints. As the system that this unit is attached to grows, I hope to expand the RKL to perform more task (not just lights and heaters as I have it now, but it does do this flawlessly).
Good unit mostly! By Joe on 1/5/13Joe would recommend this product to a friendUnit works well. I am glad I bought it. Although it could be better! All the electrical plugs should be able to handle whatever I need them to not just two of the four on each strip. Also the alarms are very poor. You cannot adjust the volume and they are barely audible!
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Previously Asked Questions
by Rimoun on April 10, 2013, @8:53 AM
i was wondering if i could buy the basic reef keeper lite and just add a Ph probe. do i need anything other then the Ph Prob. Thanks
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Rimoun,
Its certainly possible to add pH monitoring ability to the basic system. You would need both the probe as well as the SL1 module (systems lab) which the probe plugs. The SL1 interfaces with the probe and sends the information to the reef keeper.
by Kathleen on February 3, 2013, @4:31 PM
Is the power strip GFI protected?
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Kathleen,
The power strip itself is not GFI protected, however they would recommend plugging the power strip into a GFI protected outlet. If plugged into a GFI outlet, everything that is plugged into the power strip would also be GFI protected.
by Jon on January 14, 2013, @2:48 PM
Will this work with a Mac Computer ? It looks like you need a computer to program it .
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Jon,
The reef keeper can actually be programmed entirely from the head unit (and its actually pretty easy). Using the computer is a little bit faster but isn't required. The myreef software itself runs on windows, so in order to use it with your Mac you would have to run BootCamp, VMWare or a similar setup.
by Daniel on February 13, 2013, @9:15 PM
I am looking to control 2 heaters and 2 dosing pumps with the RKL Basic. The heaters are 400 watts each. Is this possible?
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Daniel,
That wouldn't be a problem at all (though that would be maxing it out). With this setup both heaters would have to be in the same tank (as their is only one temp probe in this setup) but assuming that's the route you want to go, your good to go.
by Levi on December 24, 2012, @9:33 PM
What the total amount of Power Bars can i plug into the whole unit or will have to purchuse a whole nother unit to get 4 or 8 more power bars
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Levi,
The Reefkeeper lite system can handle a total of 4 modules. The PC4 power strip modules are an example of a module (as is the SL1 for measuring pH, etc). You can have any combination of 4 modules. If you were only using PC4 modules then you could have a total of 4 power strips for a total of 16 outlets. If you would like to do more, or take advantage of some other modules like the MLC (moon light controller), SL1 (systems lab for measuring pH and ORP) then you would like the elite which can handle a lot more modules (almost 50).
The ReefKeeper Lite or RKL is an all new completely redesigned controller from Digital Aquatics. These midlevel controllers come in three different levels. Check our quick compare table below for the differences between each. Please note that some of the advanced modules and features of the ReefKeeper Elite are not available for the RKL.
Quick Compare - ReefKeeper
|Head Unit||Power Controller 4||System Lab 1||Programming Coupler||Temperature Probe||pH Probe||System Interface Device||Net Interface Module|
|Lite Plus||x||x (2)||x||x||x||x||x|
|Lite Net||x||x (2)||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Elite Plus||x||x (2)||x||x||x (w/calib. packets)||x|
|Elite Net||x||x (2)||x||x||x (w/calib. packets)||x||x|
Digital Aquatics ReefKeeper Lite (RKL) Features
- Expandability: Every RKL can interface with up to 4 modules in almost any configuration.
- Data reporting: The RKL can report the min, max and average over the last hour for all in and outputs.
- Improved 5 button interface: All ReefKeeper Lite's have a 5 button interface. Traditional entry level controllers feature only 3 button interfaces.
- 16 dedicated timers all with day of the week capability
- Audible and visual feedback
- 16 dedicated alarms
- New control functions: Improved controller, multi-timer, light, lunar, and pump controls
- Free software upgrades: ReefKeeper software upgrades from Digital Aquatics is free and easy to install via USB cord
- MyReef software requires Windows Operating system
- Independently programmable night mode allows moonlights and pumps to be adjusted in the evening times
- Wavemaker: ReefKeeper Lite's have two wavemaker cycles that control separate pumps to simulate wave motion. Each cycle can be timed and the cycles can be turned off during night mode to give a calming effect.
- Programmable standby feedback mode can be set from 1 to 59 minutes during which the ReefKeeper Lite shuts down selected powerheads and pumps. This allows for calm feeding condition and is useful for conducting maintenance.
- Head unit easily mounts in a number of professional custom looking ways.
- Splash proof face plate
- Internal battery backup keeps time and settings of the ReefKeeper Lite safe for years. Power outages will not require the adjustments that other light timers need after power is restored.
- Simple menu configuration has an simple interface that allows for easy setup and navigation.
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