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Old 08-29-2012, 11:16 PM   #1
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possible cheap solenoids

any body ever hear of these people?

http://www.automationdirect.com/adc/...a-_Accessories
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:32 PM   #2
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Never heard of them but I see no reason why they wouldn't work. Are you planning on using it for CO2?
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:29 AM   #3
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Yes for co2. I guess the problem with them is they are on continous for 8-10+ hrs and get hot. most solenoids aren't meant to be powered in one position for that long. they generally use 4-5watts and burn out within a month to a year. This I think stated 3watts which isn't bad. I have decided to get the clippard mouse solenoid which uses less than one watt. it needs its own 12v dc power supply. bettatail at planted tank.net is building me a regulator setup with a regulator I'm sending him, a swagelok needle valve, check valves, fitting etc. he will then test it for a week for leaks and send to me. the mouse solenoid is about $45, and I was thinking that these might be a cheaper alternative. but I've decided this has to be quality from day one, as I don't need any more problems with this tank. I've now fighting with mineralized topsoil because I cant' leave well enough alone and try to move plants. total cloud for days.
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I think you made the right call then. While it never hurts to look for a bargain, often you get what you pay for...

Let us know how the regulator turns out. Sounds like it ought to be a quality setup.
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