Going since 2009 By Paul on 4/2/2016
Paul would recommend this product to a friend
I've had this unit since 2009 without a single issue. Not sure if quality has gone down since then but from my standpoint I would buy another in the future.
3 years By Adam on 2/25/2016
Adam would recommend this product to a friend
I have waited nearly 3 years to write this review. After reading bad reviews of this heater, I decided to see how long she lasted before reviewing. She's still going strong. I purchased this heater in august of 2013. When I first set up my 100 gallon tank. I placed the heating element in my sump with heat sensor probe up stream. Im at 2.5 years and not so much as a single problem. Holds the temp perfect within 3 degrees. I have it on a apex controller with redundant heat sensor in case i fails in the on position, so it is esentially powered on and off entirely as I do not rely on the single controller it comes with. I cannot speak on the controller that is provided. However, the element has never failed me. Excellent product. Highly recommend. On a side not, I have excellent grown. I keep sis, ops and several fish. Inclduding elegance. Take care of it and it takes care of you.
ABSOLUTELY UNRELIABLE By Luucky13 on 2/23/2016
Luucky13 wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Pay attention to the bad reviews. They are there for a reason. If you want a heater with the lifespan of 6 months to a year, then buy this product! I've now owned 3, and I will never purchase another JBJ product ever again. 2 of the controllers have died on my inside of a year. And one heating element died right on the 12 month mark. These are crucial pieces of equipment in an aquarium, and a company that has been in operation for years still can't make one work for longer than a year. Pathetic really. Considering you pay an absolute premium for this heater and controller.... don't bother! One controller actually leaked voltage into my sump and shocked me HARD. Terrible product, terrible customer service and would never recommend these to anyone.
The best controller By Steve on 1/3/2016
Steve would recommend this product to a friend
I have had this controller running for over a year without any problems.
Great features, no issues By jsbull on 1/2/2016
jsbull would recommend this product to a friend
I haven't had the issues others have described, but I do have an Apex to protect me in case something goes wrong. It has really good features and does a good 3 degree fluctuation in my 100 gallon tank. I own the 500W version.
Broke in less than a month By Cincinnati Reefer on 4/16/2015
Cincinnati Reefer wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I purchased this heater and it lasted about three weeks. Unfortunately I owned it for too long before I actually tried it to return it. I would not buy this heater.
ok heater By matthew on 8/23/2014
matthew wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have ran this heater for a long time at least 3 years I will only run with a renco controller powering it
Terrible Heater! By Damian on 3/6/2014
Damian wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Have had this heater running less then a year and the temperature probe just fell apart where the wire goes into it giving a false high reading on the controller. Cheap construction. Would not recommend this for any tank.
Find another heater By reefer on 12/20/2013
reefer wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Do not buy this product. All of the negative reviews. You should be prepared for. I do want to say a good thing however. Its a really neat set up. I was really excited about it at first. I was so happy to have a heater with a separate controller to AVOID OVER HEATING. NO! First of all. I was ok with the 2°constant swings because the features gave me a piece of mind. My 1000watt heater got stuck in the on position. And the digital controller said it was turned off. Nope. Luckily I have an apex tank controller and it shut the pos off after a 3° climb saving my expensive reef! Now my $500 controller is turning the heater on and off. Im about to put a $60 petsmart heater in its place because I don't trust it to continue heating. To make things worse I cant get ahold of jbj. They wont return my calls or emails.
works for me By Russell on 11/23/2013
Russell would recommend this product to a friend
I have had this heater for along time never had any problems i have the 500watt on a 200 gal plus reef tank