Helix vs. Herpstat I

Discussion in 'Enclosures, Heating & Lighting' started by DaCubs, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. DaCubs

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    I'm looking to pick up a proportional thermostat for the leo enclosure I'm building now, and I have it down to the Helix DBS1000 and the herpstat I. If anyone has any comments or feedback on those, please share. Or if you have a similar-costing proportional therm you use, chime in.
    I hope to everything purchased and construction underway soon, so I'm not giving people much time to help me, but at least there'll be a thread that may help out someone else in the future.
     
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  3. iLLwiLL

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    i got the herpstat and i love it. its very easy to use, small, accurate, tamper proof, and has a nice bright display.

    ~Will.
     
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  5. Axe

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    I've got helix and I love 'em. Easy to use, small, accurate, tamper proof, has a nice bright display if you shine a flashlight on 'em :)

    hehe.

    I honestly couldn't tell you which are the better of the two, but I do like the Helix ones. I've not used the herpstat ones at all, but I was considering picking one up to give 'em a try. I do hear very good things about the herpstats, although I do like my Helix stats :)
     
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  7. Justcage

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    "Hi Matt,
    I have a thermostat emergency!! I spent all day Sunday setting up the new flexwatt I got from you, only to find out that the Helix I got is worthless...it's basically a $130.00 thermometer! It won't adjust the temps. I'm trying to get it replaced, but I'm now in a SERIOUS bind. I need a thermostat yesterday (has anyone invented a time machine yet?)."
    :shock:

    I get this type of email about 5 times a week now.. Stay away from Helix until they can get their act together and their product line back the way it used to be.
     
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  9. Axe

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    That could be why I'm not having problems that others describe. My hardware comes from "the way it used to be" era. :)
     
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  11. Justcage

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    Yup, its a shame when the quanity becomes more important than the quality. This has all happened in less than one year.. Thats why I stopped carrying them, got tired of having 3-10 returns a week..lol
     
  12. iLLwiLL

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    thanks again for pointing me in the right direction matt, as soon as i get my next stack of cages half way done, i'll be hitting you up for a bunch more stuff!

    ~Will.
     
  13. Justcage

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    No problem, just dont like to see someone spend money on somethign tat will not do what they need it to do..
     
  14. shrap

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    Have no problem with my Helix..... it was bought last spring.
     
  15. njb2345

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    I have 1 helix and 2 of the herpstats 2. They are both great. If you think you are going to need more then one later on then I would get the herpstat 2 because it controls 2 different tanks/cages/bins with 2 different temp probes. Also the thing that is a little better with the herpstats is that you really don't need any extras like the helix. They are both really accurate but herpstat shows you the readings in decimals which i think is a little cooler but they are both good unit.

    Nick
     
  16. Axe

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    hmm... my Helixes show the temp in decimals too :)
     
  17. njb2345

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    axe....really with the Helix DBS1000 unit also?

    Nick
     
  18. ssscales

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    I have three Helix DBS1000's and I love them, I use them in cages, racks and even with incubators. I can't say I have any complaints.
     
  19. njb2345

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    ssscales - you does it in decimals on your helix units...
     
  20. ssscales

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    They don't break it down into decimals. I double check my temps with a RayTek temp gun and they are as steady as can be.
     
  21. ssscales

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    The display has a resolution of 1.0 degrees Farenheight, but the internal resolution is calculated to 0.25 degrees Farenheight.

    Here is the link:
    http://www.helixcontrols.com/prod_dbs1000.htm

    Like I said before, I have no complaints. I'm sure there are a lot of great thermostats out there, I just don't feel the need to try everyone. Find what works for you and your set up and stick with it.
     
  22. njb2345

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    Sounds good, i have mine set to 85 degress but i don't see 85.4 degress like some other people see.

    Nick
     
  23. Justcage

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    Nick you will not see anything but the 3 digits on the readout. The Helix reads the temps at a .25 so they say..
     
  24. ssscales

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    You won't see that on the DBS1000's, not sure if those reading decimals have an older model.
     
  25. Axe

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    Mine aren't the DBS1000's. They actually have no model number printed on them, but "Helix Controls" written all over the place, heh.

    If you look at their homepage.

    http://www.helixcontrols.com

    It's the one BEHIND the DBS-1000 in their lil 3-stack image there, the one with the programming unit sitting in the top of it.
     

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