- I/O Breakout Box - Neptune Systems
Add the I/O Breakout Box to your current aquarium controller an easy way to connect up to six external switch inputs. The breakout box is compatible with any Apex Controller.
- Float Switches for sump alerts or ATO (Auto Top Off)
- Push Buttons for special feed, cleaning, ect. modes
- Leak Detectors
- Magnetic switches on cabinets for intrusion detection
Customize your Neptune Apex Controller with the I/O Breakout Box. Add float switches, magnet switches, or any other open/closed device. The Breakout box does not power any accessories, but lets you monitor the signal of the switch connected to it, and then you can program your Apex controller to react to the change in the status. The breakout box can connect to any open I/O port on an Apex Controller System.
Besides the typical float switches, the options that you unlock with your Apex and a breakout box are virtually endless. Below are a short list of examples for possible switches and what they can accomplish.
- Float Switches for Auto Top Off
- Reed Switches for incabinet lighting or intruder detection
- Humidity Sensors for turning on and off fans or dehumidifyers
- Momentary Swtiches for a time based function like saltwater mixing or water changes
- 3-Way Toggle Switches for overriding programmed outlets
- Leak Detection Switches for notifying you when a leak is occuring
- 1x Neptune Systems Breakout Box
Works fine but needs some tweaks By Patrick on 4/8/2018Patrick wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis does exactly what it should, but it has a few annoying design flaws. First, there is only one ground contact, so you have to try and shove all the ground wires into a single hole and hope one doesn't fall out. Would it have been that tough have a pair of connections for each input? Also, the screws recessed and too small for a regular screwdriver; you need a jeweler's screwdriver to tighten them. Aside from those issues it certainly works fine, but I agree with the above poster - the Avast breakout box is a better design.
Good , but the avast is better By Dave on 2/26/2017Dave wouldn't recommend this product to a friendGreat addition to an apex, but the single ground pole is annoying. Avast marine has a better design
Great for Switches By Jason on 1/14/2017Jason would recommend this product to a friendSetup switches to turn on and off equipment without login into anything. Float switches can also be utilized with this breakout box.
Awesome By Jason on 9/16/2016Jason would recommend this product to a friendAbsolutely love this thing. Have it running my ambient lighting for my stand and several float switches. Very easy to set up and the possibilities are endless.
Good Product By Chris J on 9/16/2016Chris J would recommend this product to a friendUsing it for my leak detectors, automatic cabinet LEDs and float switch warning notification. Works perfect with no issues.
Works great By JGRC on 8/31/2016JGRC would recommend this product to a friendUsing for ATO float, Low level and High level alarm sump alarms . Very happy with the breakout box
Easy Install By Brett on 8/18/2016Brett wouldn't recommend this product to a friendGot this to use on my NEW Apex 2016 model. Pretty much plug and play..except you will NOT see it on Fusion until you actually wire something up to it...just plugging it in will not recognize the BOB. Once I wired my float switch into it, it shows right up. Im using this as a 3rd switch to turn OFF my ATO if the other 2 fail. Endless possibilities for uses...Im sure I will wire more things into it.
Easy, and works as described By Kurt on 6/2/2016Kurt would recommend this product to a friendI'm using this for a day topoff. Works great, easy as pie to setuo
Works really well for floats, sump door sensors, & leak sensors. By MTWiley on 11/2/2015MTWiley would recommend this product to a friendI have mine monitoring my DT overflow to turn off the return pump if the drain gets clogged and prevent an overflow onto my floors. A magnetic door switch to turn on the fuge light whenever I open the sump/stand door so that I can actually see when I'm looking around inside my sump area. And I picked up a few leak sensors and have those hooked up to the breakout box instead of spending much more on the an ALS and sensors.
Best Part of the Apex By Evan on 7/18/2015Evan would recommend this product to a friendI'm coming to think that this may be the best part of the Apex system.
I was worried about overflowing, so I hooked up some float switches to send emails to me.
I hate working in a dark sump, so I wired some magnetic switches to turn on a light when I open the stand doors.
I wanted to speed up maintenance, so I stuck a button in a box to to automatically turn off and on equipment as needed.
Work Well, wish apex made switches By Polymorphyc on 6/17/2015Polymorphyc would recommend this product to a friendPretty much plug and play, just be mindful it where its plugged in, because that effects the switches names when programming.
Great product, but not for an Apex Junior By AZBigJohn on 4/24/2015AZBigJohn would recommend this product to a friendWish the first comment had been there when I bout this module. I own an Apex Junior, and my ATO system died. I bought this to use to make an ATO system, only to find out that in order to use it with an Apex Junior, you also have to buy another module (PM1 or PM2) which then pushed to cost too high, and made it much more affordable to simply buy a stand alone ATO.
If you have an Apex, GO FOR IT! If you have an Apex Jr, don't.
Will the reefkeeper float switch work with the neptune apex breakout box. from the pics it looks like the reefkeeper floats have no ends just bare wires. Thanks
They sure will. The RK comes with two pieces of wire, one has a 2 pin plug on it and bare leads on the other, the other is the float switch with bare wires. When used with there equipment you connect the two together after the float switch is secured to the bracket. In your case you would just toss that pigtail with the 2 pin connector and use the float switch with the bare wires.
Which apex controllers is this compatible with? jr? lite?
The I/O breakout box is compatible with all versions of the Apex so long as you have an available I/O port. On the regular Apex this is a port that is built into the head unit, if you have a different version, or have used up the port, you may need to add an additional module to give yourself a free I/O port to plug the breakout box into.
What's the size of the box?
The breakout box measures: 3.8" x 2.1"
Are there any guidelines on wire thickness vs. distance? Can any braded type wire (lamp wire, 18/2) be used?
How far away from the Break out box can probes be? Following the recommended wire-gauge, could the Break out box work with 20 feet of cabling? 50 feet? 100 feet? Have a ATO system in my garage about 20 feet directly away 50 worst case through the walls that I'd love to set up float switches to get emails about when I'm running low on RODI water, etc. I scoured Google and couldn't find anything. Would love to know if you guys know or could even possibly test it?!?!?! :-p
They can be used well over 50 feet from the source with thicker gauge wire. Neptune has informed us that some customers have taken an ethernet cable wires apart and used the wires to run well over 50'. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Hibiscus am interested in purchasing a Neptune slim leak detector and was wondering if this module is what I need to control that. My apex jr should be delivered any day now but I would love to add a leak detector asap. Thanks
Have a great day!
Does this item work with the "New" Apex 2016 system?
What does this connect to? Will it connect to the energy bar or does it have to connect to the head unit?
It depends on which apex unit you have. If you have a full apex system it will connect to the "I/O" port on the head unit. If you need to add more then one, or have an Apex Jr, then you would need to pick up a probe module 1 or probe module 2 which will give you additional I/O ports.