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Starting at: $69.99
Good for the price By Todd on 3/5/14Todd would recommend this product to a friendI purchased this mainly to be able to control my lights and heater. I needed to save space in a small cabinet under the DT and this worked great. I wish i could give a 4.5 star rating instead of 5 due to a couple of issues. One is that the iTemp controller has to use a bus port. So to use the myReef software you need to unplug this. I've learned since to do some of the programming features through the head unit but i prefer the more intuitive windows interface. Unplugging the iTemp probe to do this gets annoying fast. If they'd just put an additional bus plug on the head unit this would be solved. I hope the lack of this wasn't to get people to buy the bus unit or the net module.
Another annoying feature was setting up the heater. Setting the heater up as a "heater" didn't allow me to use the hysteresis feature so once the heater hit the target temp it turned on/off constantly. Through online searching i learned that i should set the heater up as a "controller". Once i did this i was able to use the hysteresis feature and it now is working properly.
For the price i'm happy i chose this controller to run my tank. I did buy an extra PC4 module with my original purchase and later added the MLC. If DA would make just a few minor improvements, this entry level controller would be a no brainer purchase.
Easy as it gets By Jason on 2/7/14Jason would recommend this product to a friendI've been ReefKeepers for years and I love them. I have one on each tank and have never had an issue. They work for lighting, dosing, wave making, temp control and so much more. Sure, it doesn't connect to the web right out of the box but... who really NEEDS that? The ReefKeeper, to me, is all about simplicity and reliability. It also costs less than buying separate dosing equipment and a bunch of timers. Can't go wrong with it!
a little cumbersome By Michael on 2/2/14Michael would recommend this product to a friendI received this product for christmas. The setup was a little awkward. Having to hook up the system to the computer was harder than it should be. I had to update the same module multiple times to get it up to date. The heater setting does not wotk correctly. I tried 3 different variations to get it to work without success. Its nice to be able to turn on and of outlets without opening the cabnet. The heater setup is really frustrating other than that I am happy
Garbage By David on 1/22/14David wouldn't recommend this product to a friendPC4 keeps 'rebooting', wont run two heaters at the same time even tho they are well under the amp rating of each socket.
So disappointed with this item. Will never by Digital Aquatics again.
great and does what it says. By Ivan on 1/10/14Ivan would recommend this product to a friendordered this to help automate my tank and make it easier to monitor the times for lights, pumps and ATO. works like it says and is worth the money. wish i would have gotten the plus but this works great. only bad thing was the thermometer probe crapped out the second week but BRS customer service promptly sent me a new one and all is well now.
OK controller BUT.... By Veselym on 11/7/13Veselym wouldn't recommend this product to a friendvery easy to setup but the temp probe is WAY off...my temp probe is reading 2 degrees lower than what it should be
I expected something as vital as a temp probe to work accurately
Problems the first day. By Mark on 9/18/13Mark wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI purchased this and an extra pc4 outlet strip. As suggested I connect the unit programmed and tested it. I then powered it down and installed it by the tank. For some reason when I placed the temp probe in the water I lost the ability to monitor and control outlets by temperature. I have sent DA an email but as of yet there has been no response. Basically I have a couple of outlet strips that I can control by time only. I could of purchased two outlet strips and two timers for about 10% of what I paid for this.
awsome By Jonathan on 8/16/13Jonathan would recommend this product to a friendThis is my second reefkeeper lite. First one on my 75 gallon tank and when i got my 25 gallon with sump I had to have another one. Great product
Great Product By Bob on 7/29/13Bob would recommend this product to a friendThis unit is great. Very easy to set-up and turns every thing on at the correct time. Should have gotten it along time ago instead of power strip timers.
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.
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Previously Asked Questions
by Edmund Secula on October 9, 2013, @1:26 PM
Do I need a special heater to use this function or the one I have .I'm thinking that I just turn my heater up on high and then use the controller to keep the temperature. ??
Bulk Reef Supply Hey Ed,
You don't need any sort of special heater. Most folks use it the way you describe, or if they have a heater that is fairly accurate to begin with they will set the heater to the desired temp (say 78 degrees) and then set the reef keeper to 79 degrees. This allows the heater to control itself while still having the RK act as a backup incase the heaters thermostat fails.
by Michael on October 22, 2013, @5:42 AM
What is the maximum number of modules that can connect to the Reefkeeper lite?
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Michael,
The maximum number of modules is 4. This does not include the head unit itself but all connected PC4's, SL1s, MLCs, etc.
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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