- Aquarium Heater Controller - Bulk Reef Supply
Keep Your Aquarium's Temperature Steady with Bulk Reef Supply's Heater Temperature Controller!
The easy to program temperature controller lets you connect up to two heaters to keep your aquarium's temperature super stable. The dual-screen LCD display lets you easily see the controller's setpoint along with the actual temperature of the aquarium. Programming the controller only takes a minute and doesn't require any special programming knowledge to get it right.
- Precise Digital Readout
- Replaceable Temperature Probe
- Dual Heater Control
- Easy to Calibrate
- Adjustable Hysteresis
Recommended Heaters - Bulk Reef Supply Titanium Heating Elements
0.3 Degree Control Precision
Keeping a reef tank's temperature steady is crucial to long-term success and the BRS Heater Controller lets you set the temperature anywhere between 58°F and 99.9°F and then will keep it within 0.3°F of the controllers set temperature.
Replaceable Temperature Probe
The tank's temperature is sensed through a replaceable probe that is 72" long and only takes a few seconds if it ever needs to be replaced. The low-cost probe is perfect for conditions like saltwater aquariums, where deposits and algae can grow on the probe that requires vigorous cleaning, and ultimately being the main failure point. If you ever notice the temperature starts to drift or not hold a calibration it is usually a good sign that the probe needs to be replaced.
Maximum Heater Size: 1,200 Watts @ 120VAC
The Bulk Reef Supply Aquarium Heater Controller can handle up to 10 amps of current which is equivalent to 1200 Watts with a supply voltage of 120 volts. The 1200 Watt maximum output can be split between the two outlets allowing you to plug two smaller heaters into each plug, or a single larger heater into just one of the plugs. We highly suggest using two smaller heaters, which has multiple advantages over a single larger heater.
Control Range - 58°F - 99.9°F
Control Precision - 0.3°F up to 15°F (0.15°F - 7.5°F hysterisis)
Display Resolution - 0.1°F
Input Power - 120VAC @ 60Hz
Max Output Power - 10 amps @ 120VAC
Replaceable Temperature Probe Length - 72"
Outlet Dongle Length - 12"
Power Cord Length - 60"
Warranty - 1 Year
1x BRS Aquarium Heater Controller
1x Replaceable Heater Controller Probe (pre-installed)
Need a BRS Heater Controller Replacement Temperature Probe?
Not Accurate By Frank on 3/24/2020Frank wouldn't recommend this product to a friendIncredibly inaccurate. I have two of these units, an Apex, and a calibrated thermometer. After calibrating the BRS Controllers to match my calibrated thermometer, and observing for five days, their temperature display drifts in a range that's at least 2 degrees wide (+1 to -1). If you want something that works, look for a Ranco Temperature Controller (requires some DIY effort) or an Aqualogic (ready to use). BRS is an awesome company where I spend lots of $$$. This product is not worthy of the BRS logo.
Won't maintain temperature By Jeremy on 3/13/2020Jeremy wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI bought this controller to minimize the wear on the APEX turning the heater on and off directly. Much to my suprise, after looking at the temperatures via APEX they are all over the place. I set the controller to be at 78 degrees with a 0.3 degree swing. The APEX has the temps getting as high as 79 and as low as 77.5. The temp probes have both been calibrated and are right next to each other. What I can't explain is why the controller doesn't turn off like its supposed to. I would not recommend purchasing until this is worked out. The low end seems to work decently, but its supposed to turn off at 78 degrees, but it never does
Large temp swings - not recommended By Andy on 3/9/2020Andy wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis controller has large temp swings and did not inspire confidence after living with it on a new tank since January. We also bought two 600W BRS heaters and those are working fine so far. We just replaced the controller with an Inkbird ITC-306A WiFi heater controller and in the first day of use it controls the temp correctly and is easier to set up and monitor (the WIFI app is awesome and easy to set heating parameters) . Hopefully it will continue to control the heaters better than the BRS controller could.
Needs low temp alarm By Alex on 2/25/2020Alex would recommend this product to a friendJust quoting another reviewer
"The lack of a low temperature alarm is a deal killer"
I have been running this for over 6 months now and it has helped a lot. Temp is accurate (two other probes confirming controller temp). I do have my temp swing to be 1.5 degrees as its unreasonable to think a heater would turn on and off so many times to keep that 0.3 swing. Your killing your heater life.
Completely not working By Chad on 2/25/2020Chad wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have mine set at 78.3 degrees temp, with .5 degree variance. Since putting it in 3 days ago, I am awakened several times in the middle of the night by the Apex, that the temp is 77.4. That’s more then .5 degrees, it’s simply not seeing the change in temperature and turning back on. I’ve tried moving the thermometer to different areas of the sump to correct the issue. My temp swings since putting it in are from 77.4 to 78.6, simply unacceptable, and not anywhere near what the product description says. I’m going back to the Jager plugged into the Apex.
Won't hold specs By Liberty Reefing on 2/9/2020Liberty Reefing wouldn't recommend this product to a friendAfter just 24 hours I'm seeing almost the exact same results as Raymond. It is set to .3 (.6 total swing). I'm seeing 1.1 degree total swing on my Apex display this morning (I got alarms). In addition, at setup ran calibration twice on the controller (verified my Apex calibration as well no change). Once initially (setting -.3), once after an hour (-.6) and here almost 24 hours later it is off (-1.0). Right now I just don't trust it. I'll continue to monitor it but I'm thinking once Monday hits I'll be sending it back to BRS. Disappointing as I to don't want to burn out my Apex outlets.
Not what I was expecting By Fontaine on 2/4/2020Fontaine wouldn't recommend this product to a friendPurchased because of the ability to cycle on when temp fell 0.3 below setting. Worked well for a few week, and then stopped - froze on "HL" message. Reached out to Bulkreef via Facebook, and it looks like I need to send it back for testing. Not what I was expecting, $50 for this unit, this is frustrating.
Product needs to be taken off the shelve. By Thomas on 1/25/2020Thomas wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe products descriptions is a complete lie. This product needs to be pulled from your selves and reworked. It will NOT hold a .3 degree variance at all. If i rely on this to heat my tank my tank will have a 1.5 to 2 degree swing with it set at .3 swing. This controller isn’t working as intended. They have sent me a complete new controller and new probs. Still same cheap controller. I wouldn’t recommend this product to anyone as it isn’t reliable at all at displaying the correct temperature. I live in Michigan where I have to rely on heaters all the time. I was hoping this could be my primary heater controller and have my Apex as a back up. My Apex still does all the work with this garbage controller. Please do NOT buy this.
Won't hold .3F range By Raymond on 12/31/2019Raymond wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI installed this and ran it for a couple of weeks.
I set the temp swing to .3 degree which is as low as it will go.
The temp swing as shown by my Apex was almost a full degree.
I observed it closely for several days and it seems to me the problem was with the monitoring portion of the heater controller.
It didn't track the temperature change anywhere near what the Apex showed. It was off as much as .5 degrees. I have confirmed the Apex side with multiple thermometers and I calibrated the heater controller to match the Apex when the water temp was at 77F.
Previously I was just using the Apex to switch an AC outlet and had the temperature swing at .5 degrees.
I would have preferred this so my relay doesn't wear out on the Apex outlet.
I returned the unit to BRS for testing.
They credited my account and I never heard back on the testing part.
I might order another one and try again just to make sure I didn't just get a bad one.
It worked fine otherwise and I like the specs. To bad it wouldn't meet the specs.
So far no problems By Michael on 11/19/2019Michael would recommend this product to a friendIt’s working correctly, it is two weeks old....in 12 months working or not it’s hitting the trash and new will replace it.
Missing low temperature alarm By Jeremiah on 11/11/2019Jeremiah wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have eight ink birds and now two of these. And though I love the replaceable parts, the two outlets, and the suction cup on the probe. The lack of a low temperature alarm is a deal killer. Most of my heater failures have been in the off state as opposed to being to hot. Sadly these will not do me any good if the water gets too cold.
How frequently is the temperature taken (reading per hour)? Is the temperature display updated at the same frequency and how does this compare to the Apex controller?
It is reading the temp actively, it will respond almost immediately like the Apex probe will.
Is there a probe holder to place temp probe inline in the plumbing?
Unfortunately there are none that we know of. We intended the probe to just be placed in the sump area.
I was reading the the manual and there isn't any directions on how to calibrate the unit and also how to set the heating differential. If you could elaborate on those two that would be awesome. Thanks
If you look under the instructions here https://brsinstructions.s3.amazonaws.com/BRS/bulk-reef-supply-heater-controller-instruction-manual-10142019.pdf you can see where you need to enter it into CA mode to calibrate.
Does this seriously have a 0.3 degree differential?! Have my dreams come true?!
Yes. it does.
Please let us know if you need anything further and take care!
So to use this temperature controller I would set both heaters above the temp I set on the controller? And the controller would make both heaters come on at the same time?
Unfortunately not, the settings are applied to both outlets or heaters.
Can this programmer be used with heater that have an internal thermostat? Such as the Eheim Jager Trutemp heaters.
Yes it can be used with that style heater. It will act as a backup in case the jager thermostat fails.
Why does this one cost more the the same item from Inkbird? https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/itc-308s-aquarium-temperature-controller-ink-bird.html
I would hate to call shannigans but it seems like all you did was place a BRS label on it and increased the price.
We did change up the controller a little to allow it to stay more stable and it does not offer the ability to have one heater and one chiller, only 2 heaters.