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
Are there any guidelines on wire thickness vs. distance? Can any braded type wire (lamp wire, 18/2) be used?
The breakout box measures: 3.8" x 2.1"
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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!
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.
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.
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.