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Old 12-11-2012, 01:22 PM   #31
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The digital timer I got at Target has an internal battery. Not sure how long the battery lasts for but it's only 1 2 prong out but can hold up to 5 preset. If you don't mind the bulk, you can buy the ones they sell for outdoor holiday lighting when they clearance them.

I mainly use the mechanical since the lights are always one every day same time.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:37 PM   #32
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Thanks for all the responses - I'm having trouble getting my email notifications, so I didn't even realize so many posts had been made! lol (as for the notifications, I fix it one day, then all TPT emails are back in my spam folder the next. I'm not the only one having this issue...)
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:46 PM   #33
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These are the POS I'm talking about:




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I'm presently in search of a reliable timer as well. Thank you for posting the pic. Worth a million words! Will keep a mental note and avoid.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:31 PM   #34
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No offence to the bargin hunters and "People of WallMart". Do be sure your are plugging in a USA made UL inspected electrical device. The fire risk just isn't worth saving a few dollars.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:14 PM   #35
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I'm somewhat wary of buying anything more then raw materials at walmart. Especially well regarded brand names - a lot of times they will have special product lines just for walmart that are made to lower quality standards and use inferior parts/materials. I know it's the only place to get some items in a lot of the U.S., and I'm rather lucky that I live in an area where I have other options, and would have to go to some effort to get to a walmart.

I thought the book "The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powrful Company Really Works-- and How It's Transforming the American Economy" by Charles Fishman
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was pretty interesting, without actually demonizing the corporation.

Anyways, as to timers, I've always been partial to those ones with individual blocks that are pushed up/down. It gives the option of multiple photoperiods, and is pretty easy to use. I just keep an eye on them, check them every week or month or so, and occasionally re-adjust them. pretty reliable and low maintenance, in my experience.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:35 PM   #36
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Thanks for all the responses - I'm having trouble getting my email notifications, so I didn't even realize so many posts had been made! lol (as for the notifications, I fix it one day, then all TPT emails are back in my spam folder the next. I'm not the only one having this issue...)
Yeah .. I've been having this problem too. I think it has to do with the management change. The emails come from a different address than before. It's just a matter of adding the new address to your contacts.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:15 PM   #37
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I use the digital timer power strips that you can buy from Home Depot - http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...1#.UMSCovWPV8E

amazon also sells it for alittle cheaper - http://www.amazon.com/Globe-Electric...er+Strip+Timer
I've been using these for years, no problems yet!!

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Old 12-12-2012, 11:26 PM   #38
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I like the digital timers for they are quite. The 1's that you press tabs down make noise. Here is 1 that is cheap and got a good review on amazon. I got mine on Ebay.
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:33 AM   #39
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Yeah .. I've been having this problem too. I think it has to do with the management change. The emails come from a different address than before. It's just a matter of adding the new address to your contacts.
I've had to "add" them 3 times now - it's getting old! lol
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:57 AM   #40
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I got to use digital with battery back up because I am running 8 different timers and one that controls three different outlets. I have 3 small screen brinks and two of the larger screen, one mechanical, a harbor freight one and the 3 channel timer for my lighting set up. I run three 2, 4', T-8 bulbs fixtures. So at 10am the first one turns on and 11am the next and noon the last one and vice versa starting at 5pm. I run different bulbs in each set up so it is like sunrise, full sun, then sun set. Then I have a total of around 30 watts of led's that turn on before the main lights and turn off after the main lights for added extra effect and color to the tank. Then with the power that goes out as often as it does where I live, I am not reseting that many mechanical timers. Then I have a algae grower to control, air pump/stones that turn on at night, the co2 system, a extra pump in 75g tank to circulate water several times a day. I think that is it. Oops one more mechanical timer that I always have problems with after about a year of operation on my ten gal. guppy tank light and oh one more that turns a light on at night in living room so my older father can see at night. So you can see why I went digital. And next time I am at H.F. I will pick up two or three spare timers after reading all this about the brinks digitals going out. Nice thing about digitals with battery back up after they are charged up, I can un-plug them and set them in my hand and plug them back in, in the hard to reach spots and no mechanical parts to wear out or gears to strip or motor to stop working.
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Old 12-24-2012, 03:53 PM   #41
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I'm presently in search of a reliable timer as well. Thank you for posting the pic. Worth a million words! Will keep a mental note and avoid.
Yes those brinks digital ones are worthless. Takes a half an hour to set it and if the power goes out well sorry. I have about a dozen timers of all sorts from a coralife power center to a 2 dollar big lots timer and everything in between. The mechanical are easier and faster to set up. My big lots timer on my Vivarium has been working fine for almost ten years while that brinks digital one has been collecting dust somewhere in a drawer.
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:59 PM   #42
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I have been looking for the same timer! I cant find one decent digital timer that is not bulky, 3 prong, and reliable. I am so close to buying this http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/reefke...-aquatics.html. I want to have a lunar /dawn dusk lighting, but you can add so many other features. For a reliable organized, and safe way to control your aquarium this is the way to go! I cant see paying $15-25 per digital timer, then add $20-30 for a good power strip (you will need at least 2 due to the bulky timers) your already at $100...It looks ugly and you have to program each one! Let me know what you end up doing! GL
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:53 PM   #43
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I feel your pain! When I was doing marine tanks those controllers were damned handy. I just roil at the thought of having to spend $120+ on one for 3 stupid timer functions. It gobsmacks me that there isn't a wide variety of these things on the market with any and all kinds of functions for not a lot of dough. It's not like they're using i7s in them. Also, on the battery backup function (just to go back to the Brinks junk) - on 2 of mine, they don't work. Laughable...if not pathetic.

Once in a while you can find those controllers (older versions) used in the $50 range, Nunster.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:42 PM   #44
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I got to use digital with battery back up
I have 1 that I got off of Ebay. I will sell it to you for $8 + shipping cost. It is new. Only has 1 outlet.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:49 PM   #45
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I got this one for my Christmas present. I was very wary of digital as whichever one it was I had before was a pain to deal with but this one is easy to use. The few reviews I found mentioned that only the clock needs to be reset when power goes out but I didn't need to do even that when I moved it from the test station [kitchen] to the tank. It has 5 plugs on timers and each can have 6 on/off cycles a day plus an untimed plug.
http://aquafinatic.com/reef-octopus-...otector-timer/
It has been on the tank for only a week but so far so good. Nice not to have a tangle of timers and power strips. There is very little out there on this timer, I have the old power strips and timers ready to go back into service if this thing fails!

For $30 more I could have bought a real controller though. Not sure I want to get into all that though.
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