I have ordered a reefkeeper elite 2 days ago, ill let you guys know when i get and how it works, it was the best option i could find. You can run over 200 points from this with alarms etc.
Nobody as far as i know.Max, who is going to do backup in SA.
From what I have seen the top 3 are available in SA.
Yep. The controllers is in the region of R4000 Locally, then you need an interface for lets say a pH probe and then you need the probe. Thats an extra R2500 bucks. With this unit you get all the below in one simple module. The others sell theres seperate for each probe u want to add.That I find very hard to believe. 1 and half maybe.
Turns out that Reef Keeper Elite might have been released too soon. Or at least thats what some owners are saying. With a horde of bug problems with the Reef Keeper Elite one owner had this to say: “As far as bug fixes and new modules, it’s a waiting game played a company w/ 3 employees who do the day-to-day support, sales and PayPal accounts receivables. Forget getting a refund at this point, another user was angrily informed that he’s stuck with the unit & the thread was shut down [on their support site]“. Ouch that is pretty tough. It makes you wonder if they should have increased the testing/beta stage of the unit before releasing it to the public. There is always this unit and this one to consider for your aquarium controller. Both are out of the $490 price bracket the Reef Keeper Elite is at, but both manufacturers claim no bugs, or at least that is what Profilux is preaching.
That was in July 2008, when they just released the unit. I have been in contact with Scott Bogner from reefkeeper since May 08. And he has sent me email on the progress of the release since July 08 and he suggested then that i do wait to order until they know that all was in order with the new unit as its a long way down here if they send it. On the 9th September 2008 the unit was sorted after the release was held back for 2 months as they did have bug issues in the beginning and during the 2 months all bugs was fixed. I received a mail the same day to inform me that the unit was now bug free and ready for release. If they had a hidden agenda to get it sold he would have taken my money in July 08. Regarding the 3 staff members in July 08 i received an email in July 08 that they were short staffed as there was some labour issues " just like in SA " therefore the delay in answering the emails and questions i had requested answers for.Found this.
The cost is around R1600 bucks.I haven't heard of this controller so I cant comment. But what would you want to do with 250 ports though???? Beware of the pitfalls of trying to import cheaply over the WWW. Have you taken freight into consideration and the clearing charges plus VAT that you are going to have to pay when it arrives?
Try and send it back for repair if/when it should go wrong. Without being a registered importer/exporter with a SARS customs code you will not be able to do this. The supplier will not pay for return shipping either so you gotta fork out to get it there and back to you again.
So you may save some cash now but you have no backup.
Another thing I noticed on their site is that the plug bars are only for American plugs and I couldn't find whether it will run on SA 220-240 volt power. i would find out before bringing it in and you cant use the unit.
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