majortech electronic timers

Discussion in 'Test Kits, Controllers, Reactors and Dosers' started by Furbz, 11 Sep 2009.

  1. Furbz

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    hi guys.

    anyone use these timers?

    i have bought 3 of them and 1 by 1 they have all failed. i'm now back onto good old fashion timers.

    going to return them to builders warehouse 2day or 2mrw.
     
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    Is that the newer slimline models? Builders had them for about R100 last time I've been there.
    Or the older wider designs were you cannot fit two next to each other on a multiplug?
     
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    Hello Furbz,I use these timers,no problems so far,I have the ones that Riaan has mentioned.What are you using them for pumps or lights.
     
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    Also use the bigger one's, I have 4 and today no problem
     
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    I have one (the wide ones) that's failed to switch off, twice now....halides were on the whole night...
     
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    i'm using them for lights. 1 is powering my 250W halide. the other 2X 24W T5's.

    of the three, 1's display has failed.
    1 keeps resetting itself.
    and the other doesnt turn on or off..

    i think these must be the new slimline ones. paid R200 each for these!
     
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    the first 1 i had didnt want to turn on. taking them back now
     
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    I have the slim ones that you have,you should take them back,as it seems that yours has a factory fault.
     
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    I use the older ones...bought almost a year ago...have had to return them about 3 times! I think they are very sensitive to power surges! I am still using them as they come with a year guarantee...have not seen other electronic timers for the price I paid (R100 odd)...
     
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    hmm very strange i have 5 of them for over a year now and never had a problem with any of them..maybe its not the slimline ones...probably the surge giving yours problems furbz?lost any pumps ever?
     
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    As long as they have battery backup, they work very well. I had one of these, until mine somehow "shorted out"..... For now, am I using the analog timers.....
     
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    took them back to builders and got a full refund.
    also found out that the voltage here in PTA sits slightly higher than anywhere else in SA.
    instead of the std 240V ours sits somewhere near 250V
    as for power surges, we get tons of them. all my plugs have a surge safety feature..
    gonna stick with the good ole fashioned analog timers!
     
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    I use a digital timer that has 3 sockets which can be programmer for multiply on off switching. Look on waterzoo.co.za under electrical equipment. They work extremely well.
     
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    Mine bombed out with my metal halides and on my geyser
     
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    ok, so anyone know of any other brands that are actually decent?
     
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    I've seen more industrial looking timers at builders but they keep them locked up in glass cupboards in the electrical section. I'm sure these can work if you know a bit about electrics or keen on DIY
     
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    I have been told that in order to run high powered items like heaters and lights on a timer you need to have a contactor (I think the proper name is a coil contactor?) otherwise the timers inevitably fail.
     
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    on the timer itself it said it could take 3500W of energy!
    i think our **** electricity with all the surges is what made them pop so quickly..
     
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    Gone through plenty of them, bought @PnP and Builders and Clicks - all failed about 6 in total. I exchanged them @ first but then got g*tvol and switched to Aquatronica.
     
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