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Old 04/26/2012, 03:38 PM   #1
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Ranco Controller?

Hi all,

Can a single Ranco control two 300watt heaters?
I was going to wire an outlet strip into controller and plug the heaters into strip.

Sad thing is I can't get one decent review of a good heater


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Old 04/26/2012, 03:48 PM   #2
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Old 04/26/2012, 03:58 PM   #3
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thanks, just wanted to make sure.


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Old 04/26/2012, 04:48 PM   #4
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There is no such thing as a good aquarium heater.... that is why you are using the Ranco.

If you set the internal thermostat (not by number, but by actual touch) to the point just above the setpoint of the RANCO, then the internal thermostat will NOT cycle on and off during normal operation. The RANCO will do the work and the integral thermostat on the heater will act as a fairly reliabe failsafe.


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Old 04/26/2012, 05:11 PM   #5
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Thanks Bean,
The internal thermostats are worthless and every brand I've owned.
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Old 04/26/2012, 05:35 PM   #6
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I have three 200w Ehiem Jäger heaters plugged into a heavy duty extension cord. I then cut the extension cord at the best placement for the Ranco and wired the Ranco into the extension cord. Works great! Jäger heaters are very good, just set the internal thermostat as BeanAnimal suggested as a backup to the Ranco. The Jager's have an adjustable set point which makes ths easy.


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Old 04/26/2012, 09:11 PM   #7
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I recently got one with an electronic controller. The $&#)$W*^!!! thing doesn't remember the temperature you've set it too. So after a power blink it resets itself to 79F instead of 73F where I want it. PAH thet tick!

Make sure you don't try to run one like this thru a Ranco.

BTW: There is nothing anywhere on the packaging that tells you this will happen. I suspect most 'electronic' ones will pull this cheap trick.


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