- 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. With a properly sized heater, your aquarium can keep the temperature swings down to a minimum, while ensuring a long life for your heater. As your aquarium heats up, the controller will allow the water temperature to go past the set temperature by 0.3°F, at which point the controller will turn your heaters off, and the temperature will start to fall. Once you aquarium's water temperature falls 0.3°F below the set temperature, the heaters will turn back on, heating your aquarium water.
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)
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Temp setting don't work By Christopher on 6/13/2020Christopher wouldn't recommend this product to a friendUnit will not hold calibration. Unit will not recognize set temp. example: Unit set at 77, unit turns on and my Apex turns off the unit at 80 due to the unit still reads 77. BRS replaced the unit and with in the first week of using the second uni it is doing the same thing.
large temp swings By Brandon on 6/4/2020Brandon wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe sensor is of low quality. Im getting swings from 79.8 to 78.2... I just recently added my ghl controller and im using that to keep the swings down. its stays at 78.8 and Ive had it go from 78.9 to 78.6
Works fine By Robert on 6/3/2020Robert would recommend this product to a friendWorks fine. I wish the LED indicators could be dimmed. It took me most of the morning to figure out that when the temperature is falling or rising, the temperature reading only changes at .3 degree intervals. When it stopped heating, it read the correct temperature. I unplugged an replugged, and recalibrated several times before I realized what was going on. I also note that unlike the controller this replaces, the hysterisis (CA) doesn't go in both directions - the heater stops at the set temperature. I expected the temperature to raise above the set temperature in the amount of "CA" in the same way it doesn't come on until it falls by the amount of "CA". As far as the equipment not holding the temp exactly and varying by .3 or 1 degree or whatever others have experience, I don't know what fish are so sensitive that the temp can't vary by 1 or more degrees, but none of my fish or other inhabitants seem to care how wide the temperature fluctuation is.
Multiple Problems with Two of these Units By Ralph on 5/26/2020Ralph wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI love and appreciate BRS (and all the helpful and honest product reviews) and I wanted to love this Controller too, but now I hope for a product recall and I don't think it is ready for market. Not sure why all of the problems if it is just a modified Inkbird?
Purchased the first unit at a LFS in early 2020 and the issue was the temperature read-out (PV) won't adjust in real time to show the temperature. Temperature reading (PV) didn't adjust until I unplugged the probe, the alarm beeped, and only then did the temperature reading quickly re-set to show the actual temperature. Couldn't tell the real time temperature without this process. In addition, the temperature swing was far greater then I am used to since I have used stable Ebo (Eheim) Jager heaters for decades.
Exchanged the first unit at the LFS for a second unit, which had ALL the same issues as the first AND then after a week also failed to turn on the heaters. On this second unit the set temperature was 76 and at 73.6 the heater still failed to come on even with the red indicator light indicating that the outlets should be on to heat. (Outlets still now do not engage at all and I have also tested on a light bulb).
I also bought two BRS titanium heaters which I now hope to successfully use on a different controller.
Good once dialed in By Austin on 5/19/2020Austin would recommend this product to a friendI see the problems everyone is having with it and their apex. It's understandable but I think its better practice to double or triple check everything. I bought the little Hanna Temperature probe and made sure my apex and BRS probe were getting the correct temp. The Apex was I believe but the BRS probe was off by a little. They have a setting to adjust the temperature if its off so in my experience its been perfect. You may expect it to come "Calibrated" out of the box but what other controller that you spend a 100 dollars on is going to have that? I will replace the probe yearly and now that I have a Hannah check for the temp I can always make sure to double check even my APEX.
Why all the bad reviews? Great product! By Graham on 5/4/2020Graham would recommend this product to a friendI bought this and a 200w, small temperature swings. fish don't care it it swings 1 degree. I love the controllability. only downside is that the probe constantly comes off the glass.
Heater controller By JOHN on 4/18/2020JOHN would recommend this product to a friendI see everyone is complaining about the .3 deference, and the heater not raising the water temp for a full degree, did you ever think that your heater is under sized to keep that tight deferential, or the room is colder then your equipment can handle, one degree is no big deal, even two-three over a 8 hour period, it’s the same as on the reef , between high tide and low tide, the amount of cycles to keep a tight temp of less then a degree is just not worth it, equipment is replaced sooner , my Philosophy is this get a bigger tank to control temperature better it drops slower and can benefit in the long run , people with large tanks are not complaining about this,
Can't hold .3F By Jonathan on 4/11/2020Jonathan wouldn't recommend this product to a friendTried this controller do to the claim it can hold .3 and to take some stress off my apex. Definitely regret this purchase. Should've looked at the reviews this time..
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.
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.
If you want to run 2 heaters at a 2° offset like you recommend do you need 2 of these setups or can one unit accomplish that?
In order to have a 2 degree offset between the controller and the heaters you will either need to have heaters with built in thermostats plugged into the controller or you will need to plug the BRS heater controller (with heating elements) into a device like the Neptune Apex that has its own thermostat capabilities.
I hope this helps!
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.