Author Topic: UNI-STAT III vs Ranco ETC-211000  (Read 2587 times)

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UNI-STAT III vs Ranco ETC-211000
« on: August 20, 2014, 12:04:43 pm »
Just noticed the UNI-STAT ad in the latest BYO.  I am thinking about automating my fermentation temp control very soon and was wondering...

Any experience-based opinions/observations regarding the UNI-STAT III as a cooling/heating controller, especially as compared to the much-lauded Ranco ETC-211000?  Ease of use, functionality, reliability, etc. 

The prices and features seem to be comparable.  The UNI is claimed to made in USA.  Anybody mind making a bit deeper compare-and-contrast than that?
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Re: UNI-STAT III vs Ranco ETC-211000
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2014, 11:35:19 am »
Holy fallow thread Batman!

How about skipping the foregoing specific comparison--does anyone here kindly own/use the UNI-STAT III (or II) or know anyone who does?
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Re: UNI-STAT III vs Ranco ETC-211000
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2014, 12:26:07 pm »
I dont. I have two ranco setups I bought from morebeer and they work great.

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Re: UNI-STAT III vs Ranco ETC-211000
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2014, 12:26:51 pm »
I just realized that William's Brewing sells the UNI-STAT III badged as their "Controller III".  Seems like a nice deal for $99.

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/mobile/CONTROLLER-III-COOLING-HEATING-CONTROL-P3616.aspx

Anyone have that?
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Re: UNI-STAT III vs Ranco ETC-211000
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2014, 07:14:56 am »
I do. I got it when I added a keezer and wanted a new controller for my ferm chamber(also a freezer).  Before I was using a Johnson digital but it would overshoot temps big time. Once I had it se to 64 and walked in the room to find it was all the way to 59.  I talked to the guys at Williams and they said this would work better as you can put on a 50% duty cycle. It has worked well for me and stays a good temp. I also like that the probe can be easily removed.
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