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Old 17-02-2020, 09:10 PM
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I've used reptile radiators for years in my 4 foot vivs for all my pituophis with a 87f hot end which they easily maintain.

I've only had one fail in 9 years, they also sell guards specifically for them.

A really good, slim and reliable option in my opinion.
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I have been using Rep rads for years now aswell if the OP has some questions then feel free to DM me. I have used all types of heating methods over the years so can give a honest opinion if required.
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Old 25-02-2020, 02:11 PM
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Reptile Radiator will give the lowest profile - £58 plus a guard at around £18.00 - £76.00 in total, give or take

Or trough ceramic with reflector (and then a guard) which would give you 8-10cm from the top of the viv.

I've used Ceramicx heaters (be careful buying cheap ones off e-bay from China). The troughs start at 150w, and with the aluminium plated steel reflector and associated fitting kit will set you back around £30 + VAT plus shipping & Duty as Ceramicx are based in Southern Ireland. The only problem I found was finding a suitable powder coated guard, so I had some made by Custom Guards, but sadly they are no longer trading. The nearest you going to get is the guard for an AHS heater at £20.00 - so around £70.00 or there about.

I did purchase half a dozen kits a few years back, and offered them to members for around £90 a lit including next day courier (bear in mind I had custom guards made which were a tad more costly) - but they have since been sold or used in my own vivs



https://www.ceramicx.com/products/ce...rough-element/

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https://www.bluelizardreptiles.co.uk.../9632100018565
Do you happen to know if these will fit a Microclimate AHS? I've got an AHS that stopped working. The light still comes on, so I'm assuming it's the element. I've tried emailing Microclimate, but they've not responded at all to multiple emails.
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Old 25-02-2020, 03:32 PM
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Trough ceramics come in standard sizes, so I can't see why you couldn't replace the 500w full trough with another, even of lower wattage as they start at 150w. After all the AHS is just a thermostat and trough heater in one box
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Old 25-02-2020, 07:05 PM
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Thanks. This looks like it'd do the job:

https://www.undercontrol.co.uk/indus...ABEgLFG_D_BwE#

Any idea what a K thermocouple is?
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Thanks. This looks like it'd do the job:

https://www.undercontrol.co.uk/indus...ABEgLFG_D_BwE#

Any idea what a K thermocouple is?
That's a decent price too. I was paying that ex vat and duty from the company linked in my previous post.

You don't need the thermal couple. This is a built in temperature probe (sort of thermal resistor ) that some industrial heaters use to read the surface temperature of the element.
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Old 25-02-2020, 10:08 PM
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Well, I've ordered one. I'll see how I go. Thanks for your help.
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Well, I've ordered one. I'll see how I go. Thanks for your help.
Fingers crosses it not the triac / thyristor in the thermostat that's blown. Th LED might be on the gate of the device rather than its output... never reversed engineered the stay fully
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