Seems great, wish there were better instructions By David on 4/12/12
David would recommend this product to a friend
This should make my life easier and seems to have endless upgrade possibilities. The biggest problem will be learning how to best utilize all the function. Almost no instructions.
Great unit, have fun trying to set it up By Tomas on 3/28/12
Tomas would recommend this product to a friend
Ok, first off I want to say that this is in no way shape or form to reflect on BRS. They are a fantastic company and have always given me top notch customer service over the years.
Now, onto the RKL lvl3+. This is a great unit it does the job very well but there are two issues that I have with it. There are ZERO directions. You get some sort of piss poor excuse for a single page fold out pamflet and they expect it to show you how to set it up with that. it only shows a few very basic functions of the unit. In order to figure out some of the more basic functions of this controller I had to go onto their web forum, which after enough digging I found a "user manual" that frankly is garbage. It doesn't even cover how to hook it up to a computer or update firmware onto each module. let alone many of the other functions this controller is capable of, hell it doesn't even cover how to calibrate the PH PROBE! I have been wanting a controller for years and have always looked to Digital aquatics because when compared to the Neptune APEX, the RKL did everything I wanted for $200 less. Yes the are all kinds of other bells and whistles that you an get like webserver capability etc. I just didn't see a need for them. This unit does everything I need it to and then some for a good price. Which you would think for this price there would be some sort of "user manual", that you know, actually showed a user how to use all the functions of the product they just got done spending several hundred dollars on! It really is a wonderful product and does a great job I would just think that for a product with the MSRP this has it would come with something other than many hours of hunting in their boards or waiting for a response to a thread to figure out how to set the damn thing up.
Now for the other quam i have with this unit and its really not a very big one. One of the reasons that I switched over to this was to try and quiet down my tank by using new Hydor Evo pumps on a wavemaker format and a variety of other upgrades. Well I upgraded to the Hydor evo's because they dont knock when turned off an on which is great. only to discover that the relays in the RKL pc4's make a horribly loud knocking sound that frankly makes me rather disappointed in the quality. I mean their louder than any relay you would find in a car by a large margin, maybe thats just because of the amount of power they are rated to run? I'm really not sure but they certainly are NOT quiet.
great product By jordan on 3/17/12
jordan would recommend this product to a friend
had to find instructions online but overall this is a easy controller to operate will be buyin another
Make my life easier By Craig on 3/15/12
Craig would recommend this product to a friend
I really like this controller, it comes with everything and programming from my reef 2.0 is a must along with the BRS video. If I did not do this I think I would still be scratching my head to have it initially set up. However, I am still trying to completely figure this unit out. There is a learning curve but it would be less steep if the instructions were written with less RKL jargon. I still like my RKL and it does make my life easier.
Nice controller! By Steve on 3/7/12
Steve would recommend this product to a friend
So I listened to the BRS guys and decided to buy a controller right off the bat on a new 90 gallon setup, rather than phase it in over time. I looked at both the RKL and APEX Lite units. Dollar for dollar this system offered everything i needed, albeit without the bells & whistles (which in my experience are nice - but not must haves). I run the RKL on a 90 gallon DT with a 30 gallon sump/fuge.Added the dual float switches for ATO and 'run-dry' protection. Works flawlessly!
Awesome By John on 3/1/12
John would recommend this product to a friend
I don't know how I ever survived without this thing. It takes so much worry out of reeding. Great value!
Great cotroller By rsautofab on 2/27/12
rsautofab would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this reef keeper plus for my 120g and it works very well. All i wanted was an auto top off for my tank. Well the one i wanted was the tunze and its almost the same price as the reef keeper lite. So decided to go with the RKL which i programed to control my ATO,SKIMMER,RET PUMP,ETC . It didn't come with good instructions but all i did was call Digital Aquatics and they guided me step by step to program what i wanted. Definitely reccomend this controller to any reefer who's on a budget.
So Far, So Good By Michael on 2/12/12
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
This is the first controller I've used and I'm still getting up to speed on it. But I saw several comments about lack of instructions and thought I'd mention that it a product manual is available at reefkeepers website. Also, I received a prompt, thorough, and easy to understand email in response to several questions I asked about my RKL Plus. So far, so good.
Nice monitor By Frank on 2/1/12
Frank would recommend this product to a friend
This was the first reef monitor I have ever used in any of my aquariums and I have been very happy with it so far. It has saved my aquarium from a kalk overdose as well as a heater failure. This may not be the best controller out there, but it certainly is the best bang for your buck.
Horrible Costomer Service From Digital Aquatics BAD BUY By Ryan on 1/25/12
Ryan wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Received this product and right out of the box the PH probe doesn't work. Warranty is provided by Digital Aquatics. Let me tell you this is the hardest place to ever get response out of. To call them is just impossible. Its been two weeks now and I still don't have a product that works nor do I think will ever work unless I purchase a Ph probe myself which will add to the already hefty price of the system. Hope no one ever has to deal with them.
Okedokee!!! By Drew on 1/17/12
Drew would recommend this product to a friend
At first, it is a Love / Hate relationship.
Once you understand how it thinks and what it is asking it is a BREEZE... WELL WORTH the learning curve.
CRAZY not to have it on any tank!!!
Great controller, poor directions By Brian on 12/3/11
Brian would recommend this product to a friend
got this controller to for my 29g tank and love it. It does everything it says, if you can figure it out. No istructions in the box, just a quickstart guide which is a fold out pamphlet. No real programming instructions and for full instruction you have to go to their website. What if I dont have the internet in my home? Also for the 269.00 I paid for this I would expect a printed version of some directions to operate it. Ive figure a lot out, but some I still do know know.
RK lite review By Russell on 12/1/11
Russell would recommend this product to a friend
Definitely worth the money. This thing does a lot for you and can make keeping a tank much easier and less time consuming.
However it doesn't come with instructions and it is difficult at times to be able to figure out how to program the machine to tell it what you want to do.
Life made easy By robert on 11/17/11
robert would recommend this product to a friend
Will make reefing much more easy,
But just liek everyone else expect to spend 2 hours just tring to fiqure out how to download the softwafre and doing a firmware update, once that is done this thing rocks. more direction in the box would make it percect!
Great Product By Jim on 11/11/11
Jim would recommend this product to a friend
What can I say that other's haven't? Just be prepaired to do a little online searching for how to update the firmware.
GREAT PRODUCT MUCH EASIER TO USE THAN OTHERS By MICHAEL on 11/7/11
MICHAEL would recommend this product to a friend
I bought the ReefKeeper Lite from BRS and have had nothing but good luck. It was easy to setup and has been a lifesaver!
grate By Christopher on 10/11/11
Christopher would recommend this product to a friend
This is not hard to install and works well. I would recommend.
RKL By Todd on 9/24/11
Todd would recommend this product to a friend
I purchased this after owning another brand controller. Threw it in the garbage and I love this! The team was great and very helpful. This thing is awesome!
Great for Small Systems By Logan on 7/15/11
Logan would recommend this product to a friend
This controller is easy to program and figure out. It can only use up to 4 modules, like sl1, pc4 and so on. When you need more equipment, simply swap out the head unit for an RKE. Excellent controller, great price!
More than I thought it was By Jonathan on 6/12/11
Jonathan would recommend this product to a friend
I didnt realize all I was getting when I ordered this product.It does EVERYTHING.Temp,ORP PH all monitored.It sends me email alerts (with the NET) it controls all my lights and timers.What a godsend!
Very powerful device By David on 6/10/11
David would recommend this product to a friend
Bought this to automate my tank so that I don't have to monitor every aspect of my tank at all times. Fairly easy to install, you just have to access the support forum because instructions are not existent with this unit. Timers and function are easy to setup, and I'll be ordering double float valves soon to be rid of that manual task.
Very happy with this controller By Brandon on 6/8/11
Brandon would recommend this product to a friend
Have this controller set up on my 120G reef, I'm very happy with performance of this unit. It frees up alot of time for more important maintenance.
Reefkeeper = Tanksaver By VitalApparatuz on 6/7/11
VitalApparatuz would recommend this product to a friend
I didnt think I was ever going to need one of theese things.ITS ALREADY SAVED MY TANK! The other day I got an alarm that my heat was approaching 82 degrees.Without that alarm my wife would never have noticed something amiss and called me at work.My heater was malfuctioning and on its way to cooking my tank.Thank you Reefkeeper!
VERY COOL! By barry on 5/22/11
barry would recommend this product to a friend
Lack of a pathetic excuse for the manual aside, this thing is AWESOME! Once I worked out the set-up and after only one mishap, it works great.
less work,less worry, and more enjoyment By greg on 5/15/11
greg would recommend this product to a friend
it's just about set it and forget it. i have a job that keeps me away from home for 24hr periods at a time. this left my wife who has no idea how to care for my reef tank in charge. now with the reefkeeper lite all of my important life support functions are monitored and controlled by the RKL all i need my wife to do now is to glance at the the display to make sure everythings in order and to top-off my ATO reservoir.
This controller is ok By David on 5/6/11
David wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have had a few minor problems with my RKL and Digital Aquatics has been a real pain to communicate with. Don't expect DA to be too much help with any problems you may have.
Good entry level controller By ZACH on 3/27/11
ZACH would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this to automate, reliably, some of my tanks' tasks. I was impressed with the help at the DA online support forums. I was able to setup my metal halides, dosing pumps and heater without too much difficulty. I just wish that it came with 3 power strips instead of 2. The temp probe and pH probes work great. This is a system I will be upgrading/expanding in the future.
Good first aqaurium computer By Sean on 12/22/10
Sean would recommend this product to a friend
Bought this as my first aqaurium computer and i was very impressed! since i have bought the RKL i have since upgraded to the RKE because the RKE is able to operate more than 4 modules. if you are trying to decide between the RKL and the RKE and have the extra $$$ go for the RKE!
Fine, but don't rely on it for anything critical By Brian on 12/20/10
Brian wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
The control unit is very nice, seems well thought out and is easy to use.
However, the PC4 units are susceptible to a mechanical issue that can leave a
socket stuck in the ON position even though the controller thinks the socket is OFF. If you happen to have your heaters plugged into that socket you can kiss your
reef goodbye. Yes, anything made by engineers can have issues and that's why
a company needs good customer support, but with Digital Aquatics they require
the return of the defective part before they will take any action. Seriously, I want
this equipment out of my system.
Awesome By email@example.com on 12/8/10
firstname.lastname@example.org would recommend this product to a friend
I love this Device! I use it to control everything. The heater option allows me to keep my temps with in .1 Degree and that's way better than trying to set it. Also I use an old heater that use to burn up and set the default to off and the RKL make this device work flawless. I also love that it can tell me amps as well as graph anything I want. The ph is right on I don't use the ORP as it's not need for my saltwater tank, but I use the switch port for my ATO and love it.
Good item By Clayton on 12/7/10
Clayton would recommend this product to a friend
Good item once again, from DA. i wish they supplied better setup instructions and if it could only run off an apple computer.
so much more than just a timer By Karin on 10/21/10
Karin would recommend this product to a friend
When I got this I got it mostly because my husband thought my birdsnest of wires, power strips and bulky timers in my stand was a fire hazard! :o
I really just expected it to be sort of a fancy timer and now realize it's so much more.
I have it set up to drip kalkwasser once the pH drops below a certain point and I have been able to minimize my pH swings so much.
I also love the delay features and - of course- the timers. My heater is set on a controller as well and power to the heater is cut off if it ever goes beyond a certain temp -extra insurance because it's no fun to roast your inverts due to a sticky heater.
I needed a little tech support but DA was very responsive.
Didn't think I'd really need a ReefKeeper until I got one and now it would be hard to live without it. I got the #3 package that includes the pH and temp probes and a second power strip and it was perfect for me.
ReefKeeper LITE By PIRI on 10/10/10
PIRI would recommend this product to a friend
NEED TO KNOW IF I CAN USE THIS SISTEM TO DOSE MY CALCIUM , ALC, AND MY MAGNISIUM ?
Makes things much easier By Russell Stevens on 4/22/10
Russell Stevens would recommend this product to a friend
I have just finished working through the RK3 functions and the unit is quite easy to learn. I am a just getting back into the marine hobby and this will be the key help me have the perfect tank. By the way, the BRS staff rocks!