Defective PC4 By Nick on 11/9/2014
Nick wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Just powered up my controller and the PC4 reads 11.2 amps with nothing plugged in or turned on. It was this way from the start. Looks like a got a defective PC4. I suspect one of the drivers for channel 2 or 3 is blown. Bummer!!!!! I hope this does not turn into a nightmare.
Good product but should have bought Apex By Richard on 9/5/2014
Richard wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Just installed the Reefkeeper and, while it is a good product, I already regret not getting the Apex instead. Had I not already unboxed it, I would return it and upgrade to Apex.
Documentation is lacking and software is a .ZIP file. Who uses .ZIP anymore?
For not much more money I could have gotten into the much more versatile Apex system. Like I said, it works as advertised so I'll make the best of it.
the second time's the charm By tmann51 on 6/19/2014
tmann51 would recommend this product to a friend
This is the 2nd Digital Aquatics Reef Keeper Lite I've purchased. The first one is a few years old, this time, I needed the ALC rather than the SL1 so I ordered the basic model. I use the ALC to ramp and control the intensity/color of my new Kessil fixures. I took the liberty to call DA tech support to help with the lighting program, they were very helpful.
I also set control of my heater via the temp probe. I will eventually use it to dose 2 part.
Solid By MikeL152123 on 5/30/2014
MikeL152123 would recommend this product to a friend
This is my first controller and I must say I am pretty happy with it. I am currently only using it to control my heater but will be adding a fan this week that will also run off the temp. probe. Overall it was easy to program and navigate through the menus. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an affordable way to run their tank.
Works Great By James on 4/26/2014
James would recommend this product to a friend
Bought this to use on my 40b set up. Have had no issues with several different modes tested and used. Mainly running lights and a heater but tested the wave maker function with two koralia 1500's and had no issues. Great entry level controller with good expandability.
Good controller with some quirks By Greg on 4/12/2014
Greg would recommend this product to a friend
Overall it is a pretty solid controller that lets you go from pretty basic monitoring/control to pretty advances. If you're anything like me that can be a bit dangerous since you just keep on adding things on.
I have seen some weird behavior from the controller which is always solved by disconnecting the head unit and plugging it back in. Never it seen it affect the components controlled in a negative way, but does make me worry a bit about relying on it too much to automate / detect when things go wrong.
On the plus side my experiences with customer service have been great!
Good for the price By Todd on 3/5/2014
Todd would recommend this product to a friend
I 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 2/7/2014
Jason would recommend this product to a friend
I'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 2/1/2014
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
I 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 1/22/2014
David wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
PC4 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 1/10/2014
Ivan would recommend this product to a friend
ordered 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 11/7/2013
Veselym wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
very 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 9/17/2013
Mark wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I 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 8/16/2013
Jonathan would recommend this product to a friend
This 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 7/29/2013
Bob would recommend this product to a friend
This 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 5/13/2013
pecan2phat would recommend this product to a friend
RKL + 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 5/11/2013
Dan would recommend this product to a friend
I 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 4/24/2013
Darrel wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Digital 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.
good but. By jimminorm on 4/7/2013
jimminorm would recommend this product to a friend
Very good controller I am using it for my heaters only first the moment and temperature is rock solid .my only problems with this is not much info on programming and using the pc software. I wish there was more instructions on programming.
Disappointing and frustrating By Mike on 3/29/2013
Mike wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
There are no instructions anywhere about programming using a PC. You can't program all your modules while you have your PC plugged in because the PC consumes one port and there are exactly ZERO extra ports. This means you always have to have a module or sensor unplugged in order to do any programming. Of course you cannot program any module or use any sensor that's not currently plugged in. This is a huge design flaw for me.
You also have to carry ALL your modules over to your PC to program them. I can't imagine why they don't allow you to take only your head unit to your desk for programming but instead make you disconnect and remove every single thing plugged into the head unit and move it all to your computer. If you have a laptop it's easier but still not easy as you have to fight with the lack of a PORT!
I can't mount everything in a safe location away from potential spalshes because the cords are so short.
In short I believe the end performance may be ok as long as I never have a splash that gets the items wet.
The terrible ergonomics of the unit including the interface, lack of documentation, lack of a programming port, and extremely short cords make this a DON'T BUY for me.
Nice product By Jeff on 3/24/2013
Jeff would recommend this product to a friend
This is a great "toy". Obviously you can have a successful tank without this product but it sure does add to the fun and does simplify things such as emperor urges, lighting and such. I was going to buy a digital thermometer control and a wave maker which would have came to more than this product alone. I like hooking up my laptop and making changes/ alarms. If there is one negative is that it only has 4 outlet slots with the lite series but I guess that is why it is the "lite" after all leading to the only reason 4 of 5 stars. I cannot control all the things I want with only 4 slots so I am already going to be purchasing a 2nd strip which puts me near the 200 dollar mark. I love it though that's for sure.
Great Controller, Instructions lacking By mupchu on 3/23/2013
mupchu would recommend this product to a friend
Controller was easy enough to install and program once I jumped online to get all the documentation that was not in the box. Also wish the USB cord was longer. Overall very pleased with the purchase, but DA could have done a much better job. Box should include CD, and manuals (including the myreef2.0).
Good product By cdbstl76 on 3/14/2013
cdbstl76 would recommend this product to a friend
My primary reason for this purchase was to run items in my sump/refugium. I feel the instructions were poor, but a guide non-the-less. I figured out what I needed to on my own by just scrolling through a d checking all the settings out on my own. I now trust my system to maintain a stable temp and for my lights to come on in the sump at the right times at night. The piece of mind this provides, with the possibility of expansion in the future makes it well worth the money to me.
Great Controller! By Phil on 3/12/2013
Phil would recommend this product to a friend
I love this controller! Easy to use and install! Only way I could be happier with this is if I would have bought the pH probe and NET module