a good basic controller By corey on 4/29/2016
corey would recommend this product to a friend
I 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 4/10/2016
JJS wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I 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 4/4/2016
JonnyReefer would recommend this product to a friend
I 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 2/21/2016
James would recommend this product to a friend
This 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 2/15/2016
Brad would recommend this product to a friend
As 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 1/18/2016
Noris would recommend this product to a friend
bought 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 1/11/2016
Ruben would recommend this product to a friend
has made my tank that much easier to maintain
A Good Product at a Great Price By Alton on 1/5/2016
Alton would recommend this product to a friend
This 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.
Nice but too confusing By HannSolo on 12/20/2015
HannSolo would recommend this product to a friend
Its more difficult than it really needs to be. The instructions are pretty crappy. It doesnt even label what number the plugs are, even tho that's very important information. It apparently has a lot of functions but im only using it as a temperature controller. Even so i needed to watch a youtube video to figure out how to do it.
Its pretty cheaply put together. the tape on face of the plug strip was crooked and peeling off when i took it out of the box. Even tho its cheaper than other controllers i would still expect better for the price.
it works great By paul on 11/24/2015
paul would recommend this product to a friend
it works great