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The maximum number of modules is 4. This does not include the head unit itself but all connected PC4's, SL1s, MLCs, etc.
With this $119 kit would I need to buy anything else? I see maybe the expansion power strip for the fan, heater, pump, and skimmer.
Thanks for the help,
The ReefKeeper system basically controls individual outlets. If the blue lights in the fixture are on their own power plug, then it isn't any problem at all for the reef keeper to do that. As long as you make sure to have enough outlets you can certainly plug your pumps into it and use it as a wavemaker as well.
The Reef Keepers power bar can be individually controlled and work well for your situation. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
The max wattage in standard outlet is 300 watt, they can control larger wattage on the separate relay outlet or with the expansion socket.
The ReefKeeper Lite has limited memory and processing power and simply just cannot control more than 4 modules. If you need more than 4 modules, you would need to upgrade to the Elite model.
Thanks for the question, and if you have any more just let us know.
I am sure it is listed somewhere but I can not find it, can you buy the Lite Plus but have the head unit updated to the elite head unit ?
We do not sell the elite head module separately and would expect it not to work with the lite from the different connections. You may want to contact DA directly. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
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The ReefKeeper lite will not come with a pH module or salinity. This can be purchased with the SL2 module and the respective probes. I have included a link below to the SL2 module.
The reef keeper will be able to handle 2 heaters no problem. You can simply program the heaters outlet to turn on or off at certain temperatures. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
It can be programmed with MyReef 2.0 through a PC by directly plugging in. This will only program however and not offer physical control of the unit. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
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.
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 Bar 4||System Lab X||System Lab 2||Programming Coupler||Temperature Probe||pH Probe||Salinity Probe V2||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.
Great Controller if your willing to spend some time setting it up. By Sean on 8/30/2016Sean would recommend this product to a friendIt really is a great device.
It did take me a few hours learning how to set it up properly, however, once you get the hang of it, it becomes very easy to use.
After owning it for a few weeks, I can almost use it with my eyes closed.
I really like what this product can do!
Much to be desired By Jeremy on 6/28/2016Jeremy wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWell...first things first. The directions for this I think as stated by others are WAY harder than they need to be. Go ahead and plan on sitting down for at least an hour or 2 figuring it all out. The software SUCKS. Good luck finding information on how to install the software, its not the easiest thing to navigate thru. Also there are the options for 8.0 and 8.2 or w/e it is now...but it does not tell you what and why you need the different ones really. You have to calibrate the temp probe which I think is stupid...you would think it would come already calibrated. I'm not even getting started yet. There CUSTOMER SERVICE (BAD WORD) SUCKS SO BAD! LIKE WHEN I SAY SUCKS I MEAN SUCKS. The first module I got totally stopped working out of the blue after I had it for like 2 weeks and O MY LORD, I could not get ahold of those guys! I think that the product is okay but could be much better...even for the cheap price. I literally tried to call the company for days with no reply. Okay on to the good part...I got a replacement product from BRS and it has been working great now for about 2 months :). I did email a very nasty email to digital aquatics letting them know how I felt. Buy the Neptune Apex controllers not this.
A lot of Bang for the Buck By David on 6/26/2016David would recommend this product to a friendToo many features to get into and all very impressive. One that I didn't expect and love is the "Standby" feature. Pumps, filters and the like seldom come with switches, you want them off say for feeding time need to unplug and replug. Each module (receptacle) has the capability of having "Standby" assigned to it. If so, when "Standby" is initiated (two button presses) the device on that receptacle turns off and stays off for a preset option you can set yourself up to one hour, then resumes it's assigned function. Extremely useful feature.
I am really happy with this controller.
Great Basic model By Mark on 5/29/2016Mark would recommend this product to a friendGreat controller I only use it for control of my lights and my fan for temperature control
a good basic controller By corey on 4/29/2016corey would recommend this product to a friendI use this on my biocube 29 for controlling my heater fans lights and return pump and while I have never used an apex I have to say it does the well. certainly enough to make me think springing for one for a tank this size would be overkill. I actually just bought another one yesterday just for the power bar. the $20 difference does not make sense to me so I just put the extras back maybe for another tank later and used the power bar. *also a note mine was shipped with a PB4 not a PC4 so that was nice to have that upgrade, all in all I am very pleased with digital aquatics. I will say updating some of the modules to the latest firmware can be more of a chore than it needs to be, but how often do you really need to do that. and programming on the actual head unit is too much effort. so just bring your laptop over when you want to change something hook it up and use their software to program. much easier.
BRS is great, reafkeeper not so much By JJS on 4/10/2016JJS wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI guess I can't say too much. Setup was easy. I followed the directions and set up in the living room. Once I plugged everything in at the tank. Device went dead. I traded it for a Apex Jr.
Almost perfect By JonnyReefer on 4/4/2016JonnyReefer would recommend this product to a friendI bought this for two reasons: to get rid of the bulky timers and to have a dependable and easy to read thermometer. This product is perfect for that and I'm very happy I got it. The only reason I gave 4 stars is because the power adapter only has 4 outlets, greatly limiting the # of power sources I can have. If they made an 8 bar, this controller would be perfect.
Solid, Amazing Value By James on 2/21/2016James would recommend this product to a friendThis controller is wonderful. I am particularly excited about the ability to expand upon it by adding other modules. The power bar left something to be desired because it has so few slots but another bar will solve those problems soon. The temperature probe is great and during cycling it kept my cobalt heaters in check by not allowing them to go above where i wanted them to. The low profile controller looks great on my black stand, but i had to find some screws to place it because the ones that came with it were only meant for the bar. I expect this controller to outlive my stand and tank by a very long time.
Great for New Reefers By Brad on 2/15/2016Brad would recommend this product to a friendAs a new reefer (little over a month into the hobby) I read a lot about tank failures and such. Immediately pretty much new that a controller was the way to go. I bought the ReefKeeper Lite. It is priced good for a beginner, expandable and easy to set up and use, and can't say enough about how happy I am with it so far.
Only down side is that, the MyReef software isn't working and keeps giving me a .NET Framework, JIT Debugging, error.
I called Digital Aquatics, and left a message was called back in a few hours, the same day. Talked with Eric, it is a known problem, with the USB cable driver, and trying to use tablets, especially like the Surface Pro, like mine. They are working on a fix, with Microsoft, and hope to have it out soon, so I can't really knock them on the rating for knowing about it, calling me back the same day, and helping to make me aware that it's on their side.
The problem DOES NOT affect the actual control head itself, just the My Reef software side.
Would buy another one!
Does the job By Noris on 1/18/2016Noris would recommend this product to a friendbought this to control my three Koralia 3rd gen power heads, works well, can also run them on random mode, just select the maximum on time you want and they will vary within the timeframe, even has night mode if you want any of your pumps off. Lots of options for future expansion as well. Programming was a bit challenging at first but once you get the hang of it, it's second nature.
awesome By Ruben on 1/11/2016Ruben would recommend this product to a friendhas made my tank that much easier to maintain
A Good Product at a Great Price By Alton on 1/5/2016Alton would recommend this product to a friendThis is my third RKL on my third tank, My first one was purchased years ago and still works great. I use them for heater and lighting control. On my 300 I use Metal Halide's and several times when my AC quit working it shut my MH's off so not to over heat my tank. Plus I love the accuracy of keeping my heater working within one degree of its setting.