- HPG Digital Heater with Temp Probe - Finnex
The Finnex HPG Series of heaters are fully encased in a protective plastic shell that houses the extra thick quartz glass heater. With automatic shut off features, an external temperature probe, and bright red LED display, Finnex HPG heaters are the perfect solution for any freshwater or saltwater aquarium heating needs. The heaters are fully submersible and can be orientated in any position.
- Single Button Control
- External Temp Probe
- 2mm Quartz Glass
- Onboard Memory
- Auto Overheat Protection
- Plastic Safety Enclosure
- Suction Cup Mounting
- Never Get Your Hands Wet
Each heater comes with a single button control panel that is positioned on the power cord for quick and easy temperature changes without having to get your hands wet. As you change the temperature settings the bright red LED display will show you the desired temperature as it is changed, and after a few seconds the screen will change back to the temperature being read by the external probe. Finnex HPG heaters are easily one of the smartest heaters available today and come with onboard memory that will remember your programmed temperature setting even in the event of a long-term power outage. As another added safety feature, if the heater ever reaches 93oF or higher, it will automatically shut off saving your heater, and possibly even your aquarium from further damage.
Finnex HPG Heater Comparison Chart
|Model||Wattage||Amp||Control Range||Tank Size||Overall Length|
|HPG 100||100||0.9||68 - 92 degrees||20 - 30 gal||11.625 inch|
|HPG 200||200||1.8||68 - 92 degrees||60 - 80 gal||13.50 inch|
|HPG 300||300||2.7||68 - 92 degrees||80 - 100 gal||15.25 inch|
1x Finnex HPG Heater
2x Suction Cup Mounts
Stopped working in less than 2 months. By Reeferbob on 3/31/2019Reeferbob wouldn't recommend this product to a friendwhen it worked it worked fine. however, It stopped working after a month and a half and i didn't realize it. Going to look for a more reliable one now.
Died after 10 months By Pixel Reef on 3/28/2019Pixel Reef wouldn't recommend this product to a friendUnit fails to heat after 10 months.
Poor APEX Integration By Adam on 3/21/2019Adam wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI am disappointed with duty cycle on these heaters. I plugged them into my APEX and setup alarms if the AMPs drop on the ports when the heater is on, and to my surprise they were constantly alerting. They seem to only heat for a max of 30 min, then turn off and stop heating for 10 min then kick back on, and repeat. I bought 4 of these for a total system of 200G expecting the 100G per heater to be sufficient, and because of the duty cycle they are not.
I do not recommend these for a larger system being controlled via and external temperature switch.
I also had one of the four these die within three months, working with manufacture now to get a replacement.
Well pleased By Ryan on 1/7/2019Ryan would recommend this product to a friendAfter my previous 2 reviews I wanted to say that it lasted me 7.5 months in 12DKH water(hard on equipment) before finally getting condensation in the glass. The heater was still functioning but I discontinue using them when I see condensation. I really loved the thing up until that point and am overall well pleased for 30 bucks. I am trying out a titanium heater so I dont have to deal with the stress of glass but now I find myself wanting to be able to see through it to see if there is condenstaion, lol. I will defeinately be being another one of these in the future.
Full featured and accurate...but unreliable By Matthew on 1/6/2019Matthew would recommend this product to a friendI have a 100 Watt and 300 watt in two different tanks. Both seem to have accurate temp probes. I appreciate the probe being seperate from the heater body. I also like the digital display and easy push button setting. The 300 Watt is going strong, but the 100 watt died today. I came home to a low temp alarm from my controller as the temp had dropped to 74 from the 78 it was set at. Looked in the sump and the heater was powered on with a display telling me it was 74 in the water and the heater light was on saying it was heating. However touching the heater in the tank made it very clear it it was NOT generating any heat at all, despite being on and saying ti was working. Disappointed.
Cant maintain temp By Robert on 12/2/2018Robert wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have a 300 watt version set to 89 degrees on an apex controlled system. The apex is set to 78 degrees. The apex keeps the heater on, but the heater decides to cycles into "standby mode" and not heat the tank. The tank stays around 76 degrees, the apex has the heater on and the heater cannot keep the temp proper. Also the on-board temp probe is always a few degrees off.
6 Month Update on my first review By Ryan on 11/1/2018Ryan would recommend this product to a friendThis thing is still going strong! I keep my tank at 80 degrees so it turns on and off a many times a day without issues so far. Entering fall and winter now so this is going to be the true test for me but I have 0 complaints so far. I got tired of looking at it in the tank so hid it behind the live rock. I now only monitor the backup controller on the wall and was surprised that it made no impact in it's speed of raising the temp back when it hits my programmed in temp.
2 months By Robbie on 7/27/2018Robbie wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWhen it is working it was good, but only lasted two months. In a 90 gallon tank and 25 gallons of sump. Now, I don't know if it was running all the time and I taxed it or if it was faulty. Heaters in general unreliable.
When ugly meets performance. By Lindsay on 4/29/2018Lindsay would recommend this product to a friendFirst off, this is a 4.5 star rating. I gave it 4 because of the lack of half stars.
I purchased the 100 watt heater to help with curing rock and seeding some live rock. So far I like it. I want to get into the pros and cons of this heater as I'm not sure I can accurately convey my half star reduction.
Pros - External temp sensor. The accuracy of the heating element isn't bad. I set my heater to 78 degrees and compared to my scientific glass mercury thermometer, it's roughly 0.8 degrees warmer than the setting. This isn't bad as the heater is in a 10 gallon container with one powerhead. For me, the 4.5 stars is for the accuracy, simplicity, and build quality of the heater with the digital temp gauge. I feel accuracy is more important than cosmetics. Also, for being glass, this is one of the best built glass heaters I've ever used.
Cons - The is my half star reduction. The cosmetics, the size, and the inability of being able to remove the plastic cover is what reduced the half star. This is a more subjective rating as some might reduce 2 stars depending on the application. The heater I think was built to never be seen. The 100 watt is literally 2x-2.5x bigger than the finnex 150 watt titanium heater. The non-removable plastic shroud gives it a wide 1.8" girth at nearly 12" length. Now, the shroud might be able to be removed however, I was unable to achieve that. I did pop the little clasps that help remove it but I felt that I would have to pull very hard at the risk of breaking the shroud to completely remove. Because of this I don't think it will be very easy to clean later on.
Overall, I would recommend this heater depending on the application. If it's going to go in the main display, no. It will be an eye sore with a large bright digital temp reading. If it were for a sump, hands down yes. It's affordable and close enough to accurate.
So far really great!... Time will tell though. By Ryan on 4/25/2018Ryan would recommend this product to a friendThe reason I bought this was because I wanted glass instead of titatnium (fear the slight possibility of titanium leaching), needed a heater guard, needed it to remember its setting in case of power outage, wanted to be able to control it outside of the aquarium, and needed the temperature sensor not embedded in the unit to provide more accurate temps.. The LCD display and overheat protection were a bonus since i already have a controller and redundancy never hurts, right? On paper this thing is amazing and does it all. It seems like their HMX except they wised up and put the temp probe outside of the unit finally. That seemed to be the only knock BRS showed in their heater vs heater youtube video they did with the HMX and other leading competitors. So far so good. Mine came with an accurate temp factory calibration( 3 temp probes all showing within 1 degree of each other). The look and feel of the materials seems nice. The heater was real easy to learn to operate and setup and is behaving correctly ans starting and stopping when it is supposed to. As long as the heater doesnt break early I think I got a steal for the money and functionality. I will keep you updated since this is the only review so far.