Features specific to the Vivarium Electronics VE-100 Thermostat include; 1) On/Off style thermostat operation, 2) "Night Drop" capability with the purchase of an additional "ND (night drop) Module". The Vivarium Electronics VE-100 Thermostat is a "table top" model designed to sit nicely on top of your racks or cages. A 3-button keyboard makes it ultra-easy to navigate through the menu and the large back-lit display makes programming easy and intuitive.
What is an on/off style thermostat? Basic on/off thermostats will simply turn off the device when the set temperature is exceeded, then turn it back on when the temperature has dropped below the set temperature. This means they have a 1 to 2 degree "slop" (or more in cheaper ones). Therefore, if you set your thermostat at 80 degrees, your actual temps can vary between as low as 76-78 degrees and as high as 82-84 degrees.
Standard features found on both Vivarium Electronics VE-100 and VE-300 Thermostats include; 1) a 700 watt capacity with user-replaceable fuse protection from power surges, 2) displays probe temp, set point and current time on full back-lit display, 3) remembers settings during power failure, 4) a 10' probe cord, 5) grounded receptacle designed for outlet strip use, 6) safety backup relay shutoff cuts all output power if the probe temperature reading rises more than 6 degrees above the set point, 7) silent operation, 9) convenient table top mounting, 10) multiple units can stack for neat, professional appearance.
What is a proportional style thermostat? Similar to an on/off style thermostat, a proportional thermostat has a probe that tells it when heat needs to be turned "on" or turned "off". Unlike an on/off style thermostat, a proportional thermostat also works like a dimmer in that it can adjust the amount of voltage being applied to the heating device. But it's better than a dimmer because it can measure the temperature and it knows exactly how much power needs to be applied to the heating device to maintain the desired temperature. The very small "slop" in proportional thermostats is usually measured in 1/10 degrees. The two examples of proportional thermostats are the Dimming Proportional Thermostat and the Pulse Proportional Thermostat; such as the VE-300 when used in proportional mode. In this mode, the VE-300 "pulses" electricity to the heater. These "pulses" can be short pulses if the temperature is close to the set temperature, or can be long pulses, if the temperature is too low. This type of thermostat works very well in accurately controlling many types of heaters; including our Reptile Basics Radiant Heat Panels.
The Vivarium Electronics VE-100 Thermostat is our recommendation for an economical, yet effective and reliable control of heating your snake's habitat. The VE-100 can handle up to 700 watts and operates as an on/off style thermostat. When the set temperature is exceeded and detected by the probe, the unit turns "off". Once the temperature drops a selected amount, the unit will turn your heating device back "on". While this unit is safe, effective and reliable, we also offer and recommend the VE-300 which can also handle up to 700 watts and is able to operate as an on/off style thermostat OR as a proportional style thermostat; plus a few extra features. Both of these thermostats work great with our Reptile Basics Radiant Heat Panel, 80 watts for snake habitats.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a replacement for me. I burned up my last one by plugging in something with too much wattage. Was my fault. Easy to program and keeps my snakes cage warm on the warm side.
Easy to use and maintains my temperatures that I desired would buy again if it would ever break
wonderful would buy again
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