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Hi

Was looking for some suggestions on what I could use for basic temperature monitoring, or where I should just get a entry level Geyserwise. I just need a temperature display near the bathroom door, not a controller of any kind.

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I want something similar. No reason other than to see what's going on in the "outside" tank. I have a prefeed system, where the solar heater feeds the electric one. My only feedback as to how well the outside one works is how little the inside one works :-)

I was thinking of taking a cheap thermostat, removing the innards, patching an LM35 in there (hand wave hand wave, no idea if it will even work) and giving that a try. Wire it to an Arduino or something. Went window shopping at builders and saw they charge like R250 for the thermostat. That's not exactly what I had in mind with "cheap". Haven't thought about it again. Acquired a ESP8266. Thought I should rethink this again. Life happened...

Whatever you do, keep me/us informed :-)

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Just frustrating, my 1652 (back when Jan arrived) model gave properly a few weeks ago, and hadn't noticed that some of the parts weren't there after the geyser changed... (must edit my signature :D)

 

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What I do is put the temp probe against the copper pipe under the cladding.The probe is hooked up to an Arduino Yun and it streams the data online. But you could use a LCD screen as well. I want to know how hot the tanks are when we are not at home as the solar tubes tend to overheat the tanks. It is not 100%, about 1 to 2 degrees out compared to the reading on the controller panel. So it works for me.

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Hi JDP, must admit that I just don't find the time to work with Arduino stuff and program. Between MV, Postgress, MySQL, MSSQL, Access Databases & VB, C#, Pick, HTML (and related), PHP, aspx, Android (Xamarin), IOS, development & ARM (Pi & Phones), Xeon, +++   I can't be arsed to do something new from scratch again - I am getting to be a burnt out developer.

Also, once I factor in the Arduino, Power, Temp monitor +++, a unconnected Geyserwise just seems cheaper and simpler... I am finding it tough enough just to find time to finish the KLEVA Solar Monitor program, like AICC, the goalposts keep moving... 

I have thought about the temp probe on the outlet (with some kind of display), and if it's only a few degree's off at that point it would be sufficient for my use (WENCH & I just need to know that it will be hot enough to shower/wash dishes decently). Even an analog display would be useful, but not practical...

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+1.

I am so with you one this one Kleva! Just get the parts from Geyserwise you need, have it installed by someone, and get back to earning bucks / finish your software. 

Here they are: http://www.geyserwise.com/

This doing everything yourself is overrated and costs more when you break more things. :P:D:P

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TTT - Unfortunately I am one of those dumb developers - 90% of what I do is not charged/chargeable... It's the reason I work for a living now and spend my days developing for a company (I do enjoy it though). People always say you should be happiest when your hobby and job are the same - Seriously it is more of an annoyance sometimes, because you never stop! :D
What do you do for a living - Program; What do you do to relax - Program; What do you do during your downtime - Program; Can you relax when away from a computer - Yes, as long as I am thinking about programming (or alternative energy)!

AE is the only thing that gets me away from programming, but guess what... AE needs programming in some form or another, so I am stuffed!

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40 minutes ago, The Terrible Triplett said:

+1.

I am so with you one this one Kleva! Just get the parts from Geyserwise you need, have it installed by someone, and get back to earning bucks / finish your software. 

Here they are: http://www.geyserwise.com/

This doing everything yourself is overrated and costs more when you break more things. :P:D:P

No man TTT this one you can install yourself. Just connect 2 cables on both ends no posts involed ;)

I got my geyserwise and 1500W element. Plan is to first install the geyserwise and then get an actual temperature on what my water is on my known times for turning it on and off, then once I have that I install the new element and figure out how long it's going to take to get to my temps obtained earlier

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2 minutes ago, viper_za said:

No man TTT this one you can install yourself. Just connect 2 cables on both ends no posts involed

Nee, klaar my kwota vir die maand bereik van goed breek. :D

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Hi

Chris - I have, but really don't have the time to add Arduinio to my list of programming tools, especially for what I would think is a simple solution. Nothing else I have seen has a simple interface or display already available.

Mark - If I could find one I could probably use it, I already have the USB HID/COM working on my software... Where can you get?

Anyway, thanks to the WENCH, solution had to be done NOW! so getting a new Geyserwise display next week (She who must be obeyed, also carries my beers, so her happiness wins out over me saving a few bucks:D)

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