Mixed Review By David on 5/13/2013
David wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have purcahed several of these in the last few years. Up until the last two, I would count them as reliable. The first lasted nearly 3 years between two systems. The last two have lasted less than 6 months combined. These would be awesome probes otherwise.
Luckily no major problems, though the first time around, it took me some time to track down the issues I was seeing in the tank as temp related. When I checked the controller log, there was a very wide temp swing overnight and 3 degree gap between optimal and high temp during the day.
Nearly KILLED me, FINNEX won't replace! By jeremy on 4/19/2013
jeremy wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This item malfunctioned and released electricity into my sump within 2 weeks of use. It shocked me pretty bad. I tested it a few times to make sure it was the heater and I recreated it each time. I contact Finnex and mailed it in to them which cost me $18.
They refused to replace the heater because it tested "within spec" whatever that means. I am out $58 due to this AWFUL product.
DANGER --- DO NOT BUY FROM FINNEX!!!!
Well built By Brad on 4/2/2013
Brad would recommend this product to a friend
It's too early to tell on overall life, but the unit seems well built and works great with my RKL.
Works Well By RLDCPA on 3/31/2013
RLDCPA would recommend this product to a friend
I originally bought another brand of heaters (2 300w heaters with a thermostat) but they were not enough for my 230 gallon tank. So I bought this Finnex 800 watt model and has worked great with my Neptune controller.
As these are fairly inexpensive as they have no thermostat in them, I bought another and put it in another compartment of my sump. I figure 2 will be safer if on ever fails. And the Neptune Apex logs your power usage so I will now exactly when it fails if it does.
If feel that using a controller is the way to go rather than a thermostat built in to the heater and cheaper in the end anyway.
works good for the price By Jimmy on 3/27/2013
Jimmy would recommend this product to a friend
Been using this for awhile, so far it's been very reliable.
So far so good By cdbstl76 on 3/14/2013
cdbstl76 would recommend this product to a friend
I have this on my RKL running in the sump of a 100 gallon system, 75 main, 25 sump. My previous heater of a different brand was leaking current. This one isn't having any detectible excessive current leak. So, that alone make me happy. Over time, we will see how this unit works.
Accurate heater By holder45 on 2/25/2013
holder45 would recommend this product to a friend
Installed 500W on 120G display with 40G sump. Using Reef Keeper Lite as the controller, it maintains constant temp within 0.1 degree Fahrenheit. Running less than a month, but so far so good. If it lasts, then it will be a 5 star purchase.
Ok but doesn't last. By Matt. on 1/12/2013
Matt. would recommend this product to a friend
500 watt Heater worked just fine for about 8 months. Not what I would describe as a "deluxe" heater.
Work like charm By Justin on 12/26/2012
Justin would recommend this product to a friend
I got the 800W for 300 gal system and this product works. Thanks BRS
so far so good By joel on 11/27/2012
joel would recommend this product to a friend
I am heading into my first winter with a freshwater discus tank at 83F. I needed good heaters instead of the 6 random ones I had laying around. I have 2 800 watt heaters in the sump connected to my apex. If you can hook up to a controller instead of buying the one for it, It is a great deal at 50 dollars. So far this has been a great heater. I will be interested to to see how long they last.
so far so good By joel on 11/27/2012
joel would recommend this product to a friend
I am heading into my first winter with a 230 gallon Discus tank at 83F and needed heat. I went with two 800 watt heaters hooked up to my apex. This option has worked much better then my 6 random sized heats I had in there. The cost is also a better option if you have a controller. At 50.00 a piece they work great. As for the life expectancy, it is to soon to tell.
Good Heater By Alen on 11/27/2012
Alen would recommend this product to a friend
I purchased one of these heaters with out a controller, I use it on my RKE, it works great, haven't had a problem with it yet.
It doesn't come with suction cups, but the ends have good rubber on Them you don't have to worry about hitting it on the side of your glass.
Nice Heater By Greg on 11/18/2012
Greg would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this for my 120RR along with the Finnex controller. Looks great in the sump and works perfectly. Highly recommended!
800W Heaters By Jason on 9/30/2012
Jason wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I've bought a total of 3 800W heaters over the years. The first one lasted about 6 months before it just stopped working. I then bought two more just in case one crapped out again. Within a couple of months another one stopped working. The third one has been currently working for the last year or so with no issues yet. Overall I'm not to impressed with the 800W heaters, they are cheap so buy at your own risk.
perfect size heat for my sump! By Ken on 9/14/2012
Ken would recommend this product to a friend
Bought two of these heaters fits perfect into sump and both are plugged into my apex contraller without using two temp controllers!
Great heaters for a reasonable price. By Pep on 2/7/2012
Pep would recommend this product to a friend
Going on 2 years with my finnex 300w heater and no problems so far.
Not very happy By John on 12/31/2011
John wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
it worked good for 1 month. It was controlled b the finnex controler. It was a 800w that I used to replace 2 300 watt marineland heaters. Lucky I kept them or I would have had a frozen tank. I sent it back to finnex and they said they are shipping me a new one but at the cost of shipping it to them and if they send it back with me having to pay return shipping will put it at about 20 bucks in shipping almost 1/2 the cost of just buying a new heater and not having to wait 2-3 weeks for shipping times. I really think they should not make the end user pay shipping if they beleve in there product. I will give the replacement a shot but doubt I ever perchase another finnex heater.
Product Does not last By Dru on 12/1/2011
Dru would recommend this product to a friend
As others have mention this product simply will not last. Mine only lasted 2 months and I thought it might just be me, then a friend had purchased one and his only lasted a couple months.
Worse than the product not lasting is there CUSTOMER SUPPORT. It is dreadful. Trying to get this replaced is a huge pain then to top it off you have to pay shipping both ways. They have to receive the heater determine what they want to do then send one back hopefully. Suggested time to get the heater back 30 days. The guy actually told me I should go ahead and buy another heater in the mean time. How the heck is that service??
1 month running so far so good By William on 11/17/2011
William would recommend this product to a friend
I have this hooked up to a Reefkeeer light and my temp has not deviated more than .5 degrees. I have the 500 watt and this keeps a 150 gallon in a cool basement at the proper temp.
Heater Sump 130 gallon reef By Todd on 10/28/2011
Todd would recommend this product to a friend
I have a RKE and use this in my sump. I love it. I purchased this for my sump and one of the thermostat Finnex 300 W for my main tank. Great quality, great value, and temps are spot on. Thanks BRS!!!
Solid Heater By tommyboynj on 9/18/2011
tommyboynj would recommend this product to a friend
I have this heater hooked up to my reefkeeper lite. NOTE THAT THIS HEATER DOES NOT HAVE A THERMOSTAT. You will need to hook it up to your controller with a temp prob or have a seperate thermostat. I have the 300 watt model in the sump of my 75 gallon tank. It has no problem keep temperature stable and works well with the rkl. I would recommend this productto other looking for a solid primary heater.
GREAT HEATER By STEVE on 8/10/2011
STEVE would recommend this product to a friend
I'm running this heater with my digital aquatics RKL and the 300w heater keeps my 50 gal. tank at 77* with no problem.
Busted By Rob on 4/18/2011
Rob wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Bought a 800W and it just blew out after only 2 months of running. Not buying another one. Not sure on the other wattage but don't buy the 800w
solid heater By Carsten on 3/13/2011
Carsten would recommend this product to a friend
I run two of these in my system throuhg a controller and am very pleased with the sturdyness. I just got the second as a backup as I keep hearing about failures but I can not say that I experienced that at all so far.